Microsoft Corp.’s Windows engineering team has released Windows 8.1 spring update 2014 to manufacturing, according to a media report. The new update will be released early next month and will bring a number of improvements in terms of feature-set as well as fix bugs, incorporate updates, enhance security and so on.
The Windows 8.1 spring update 2014 was signed off by the Windows engineering team on the 26th of February, 2014, and was then send to other teams within Microsoft who create actual distributives that will update Windows 8.1 RT, Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 operating systems. Wzor web-site, which has a good track-record in predicting Microsoft’s future plans, claims that the Windows 8.1 spring update 2014 will be available on the 1st or the 2nd of April on MSDN and on the 7th or the 8th April on Windows Update.
While Microsoft Windows 8.1 spring update 2014 may not offer brand new user experience, it will continue to bring back elements of the classic Windows to its latest operating system. For example, the Windows 8.1 SU 2014 will skip the tiled Start screen by default and boot directly to desktop when installed on traditional PCs.
The update will also bring a number of improvements related to usage of the operating system using traditional devices, such as a mouse. Furthermore, apps designed for Metro UI will get a minimize button, which confirms rumours that eventually they will just run in windows like other programs.
Yet another important update the patch will bring is support for 250% – 500% scaling for desktop and desktop applications. This is an important thing for ultra-high-resolution displays (e.g., 3200*1800, 3840*2160 and so on) that should improve their usability by scaling sizes of the user interface’s elements.
Microsoft Windows 8.1 SU 2014 will be available for all owners of Windows 8/8.1-based PCs for free.
Microsoft did not comment on the news-story.
KitGuru Says: It is interesting to note that Microsoft will release the update for the Windows 8.1 during its Build 2014 conference. Earlier it was rumoured that the software giant would unveil its vision for the Windows 9 during the same industrial event. It will be interesting to see whether the company will note similarities between the Windows 8.1 spring update 2014 and its vision for the next OS.