Windows 8.1 Spring Update to Arrive in April: Reports
Microsoft is planning to release Windows 8.1 Update 1 to developers in time for Build 2014 and to users just as the company retires Windows XP.The Windows 8.1 Spring Update, which will include features meant to appease keyboard and mouse traditionalists, has been released to manufacturing (RTM) and should be ready for public consumption next month. "Microsoft has released Windows 8.1 Update 1 to manufacturing, according to my sources, as well as the known Windows leaker WZor," reported ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley. According to WZor, the RTM build was compiled on Feb. 21 and signed off by Microsoft a few days later on Feb. 26. "Microsoft's next step is to provide the RTM code to OEMs for preloading on new machines," added Foley. On Twitter, Microsoft watcher Paul Thurrott revealed that the new build of the operating system should arrive in developers' hands in time for the upcoming Build 2014 conference. Thurrott (@thurrott) tweeted on Feb. 27: "Windows 8.1 Update 1 will hit MSDN on April 2, Windows Update on April 8" Build also kicks off on April 2 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The timing suggests that Microsoft will use the event to officially announce the update's release, in addition to providing the first details of Windows 9, code-named "Threshold."
On April 8, the company's Windows Update servers will begin to propagate the code to end users. That date also coincides with another big event: the end of the Windows XP era.