In a post on the official Windows Experience blog, Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc has confirmed that the Windows 8.1 Update will become available on April 8—and that it will have all the desktop-friendly goodies the rumor mill teased. Among them:
LeBlanc says the Windows 8.1 Update will also cater to low-cost devices, enabling support for machines with just 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage capacity. He says those systems will "provide customers with the experience they expect from a Windows device without sacrificing performance."
You can watch Microsoft pimp all these improvements in the video below, which is presented by Joe Belfiore, the company's VP of Windows Phone Program Management and Design. (No, I don't know why they didn't pick one of the regular Windows guys for the video.)
It's too bad the Start menu won't make an appearance in this update. Last we heard, the menu's return was planned for a future patch. Still, Microsoft seems to be listening to us desktop users again, and that's a good thing.
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