Microsoft Leaks Windows 8.1 Update 1 Ahead of Release

Only three days ago it was reported that Microsoft had finished its first major update for Windows 8.1, and although it is not set to be released until April, Microsoft appears to have leaked the updated operating system online. New pieces of software are often leaked early and made available on torrent Web sites, but this time, carefully using the Windows Update service can reportedly provide access to Update 1.

Microsoft confirmed during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that Update 1 would be a "spring" update for its current operating system. Some information regarding the changes that are present in Update 1 had already been made available, but images and detailed information were hard to come by prior to the leak.

What to Expect

Windows 8 had been criticized due to its emphasis on a touch-centric tile interface, which made it less than ideal for traditional desktops. Some of the major problems in Windows 8 were addressed in 8.1 and the latest update appears to target keyboard and mouse users even further.

Some of the Windows 8 applications that have been released are useful but until Update 1, non-touch users have been unable to access those apps on the desktop taskbar. This has forced users to navigate through the tile interface in order to have access to the Windows 8 apps that they are interested in using.

Along with providing a more efficient way for keyboard and mouse users to access applications, Update 1 reportedly includes new search and shutdown buttons as well as a variety of changes that make Windows 8 apps function in a way similar to traditional Windows applications. Among these changes is the ability to see the desktop taskbar above apps, which should make the previously full-screen programs look more like software that was released for previous...

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