Report: Windows 8.1 Update 1 now coming in April

The first major update to Windows 8.1 promises a wealth of improvements for desktop users—but it may arrive a bit later than planned. Writing for CNet News, Mary Jo Foley reports that Microsoft has postponed the "ship target" for Windows 8.1 Update 1 from March to April.

Word comes from two of Foley's sources, who apparently tipped her off to the change "in the past week." The sources claim that Microsoft still plans to release the update as part of a Patch Tuesday rollout. From that tidbit of information, Foley extrapolates that the release may take place on April 8.

According to the leaks that have surfaced over the past little while, Windows 8.1 Update 1 will include a number of tweaks to make life easier for desktop users. Folks will be able to boot directly to the desktop, Metro apps will have a "close" button, Start screen tiles will be customizable with plain-old context menu, and there will be power and search buttons right on the Start screen.

Foley also reported last month that Windows 8.1 Update 1 could "reduce further the memory and disk space requirements for Windows," which could be good news for low-end tablets.

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