Microsoft Reportedly Waiting Until April to Update Windows 8.1

Paul Lilly

An update to Windows 8.1 may roll out in April instead of March

Microsoft is planning to issue an update to Windows 8.1 that will introduce a number of new features and enhancements, such as possibly bypassing the Start screen and booting straight to the desktop environment by default (this hasn't been confirmed), but when it will arrive is still up in the air. Initially planned for a March release, world on the web is that Microsoft is now planning to roll out the Windows 8.1 Update 1 in April .

CNET's Mary Jo Foley says she's heard from two sources within the past week that the update will most likely be pushed out to users on April 8 instead of March 11. Microsoft's thinking is that it makes sense to dole it out as part of Patch Tuesday, which falls on the second Tuesday of each month.

It's unclear if Microsoft still has some tweaking to do, though a leaked test build of the update suggests it's at least close to being finished, if not already. While none of this is set in stone, the test build showed off some interesting features , like the ability to pin Metro apps to the desktop task bar. Dedicated search and power buttons on the Start screen also appear imminent.

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