Microsoft's Windows 8.1 Spring Update Is Now Official
It's rumor no more. Microsoft teases an upcoming update for Windows 8.1 during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.Microsoft has officially acknowledged a new update for Windows 8.1, slated to arrive during the spring, after several leaks alerted industry watchers to its existence. After boasting of increased adoption of Windows Phone throughout 2013 and announcing new hardware partners at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Microsoft's Windows mobility chief Joe Belfiore addressed upcoming changes to Microsoft's flagship OS. In a blog post, Belfiore admitted that the company is indeed planning a spring update. Pledging that Microsoft will "continue on a more rapid release cadence where we deliver ongoing value to all your Windows devices," Belfiore said that the company will "continue to deliver innovation and progression with an update to Windows 8.1, coming this spring." As revealed by previous leaks, the Windows 8.1 spring update will contain enhancements aimed at desktop traditionalists. "We have a number of targeted UI improvements that keep our highly satisfying touch experience intact, but that make the UI more familiar and more convenient for users with mouse/keyboard," he said.
While surveying a leaked build of Windows 8.1 Update 1, PC World's Ian Paul noticed that "Metro apps now have a title bar when you move your mouse up to the top of the screen including options to close, minimize, and snap the app left or right." Right-clicking on modern UI apps (formerly Metro) will sprout context-sensitive menus. Users will also gain the ability to pin modern UI apps to the taskbar in the desktop view.