Seems, Microsoft inadvertently had made Windows 8.1 update 1 available on its servers and before it was pulled, it was installed and mirrored by many. So, now it is available to download from many sources along with instructions on how to do it. Please do it at your own risk, however. The final Build is 6.3.9600.17031.WINBLUE_GDR.140221-1952 with release date of 21/02/2014. Check the links at end of this post.
BUILD 2014 on 2nd April will be the place and time when developers get the Windows 8.1 update 1 and it will be available for all on April 8. Microsoft has since then signed off the RTM version. At MWC 2014 , Joe Belfiore from Microsoft has talked about the changes that this update is supposed to bring. Lots of those changes go in enabling low-cost hardware and UI improvements targeted at making life easier for mouse and keyboard users. Have a look at some of the most important changes Windows 8.1 update 1 brings. You may like to see the update in action in the demo video by clicking here.
- Boot directly to desktop option
- Search button and shut down option will also be present now on the start screen itself as seen in the above screenshot.
- Other changes include control panel link in PC settings and ability to show store apps in the taskbar.
- The screenshot confirms ability to minimize, close metro apps and snap apps side-by-side with the help of the black bar on the top of the apps.
- Apart from that, one can now right-click on any of the live tiles on the start screen to bring up context-sensitive menu with ability to resize, unpin and more.