As news this week about the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 1 spread quickly across the Internet, people eager to try it out are virtually lining up. The latest rumors about the first Windows 8.1 update are all about the date, possible smaller tablet support, and much more.
The latest Windows 8.1 update is the first major update for Windows 8.1 from Microsoft, and is one that should help users who are struggling with Windows 8.1. The rumors about the update lead to a possible March release, the ability to pin apps, and give users a visually stunning interface.
March 2014 Release
The latest rumors and news surrounding the Windows 8.1 Update 1 release is pinpointing the release of the software to manufacturers around March 11th, which will be a month before the Build 2014 conference. This is right around the same time that Windows Phone 8.1 will allegedly be hitting developers, and makes the Build conference more exciting.
The release of bits for Windows 8.1 Update 1 and Windows Phone 8.1 is expected to then be released to consumer towards the end of April 2014. This will give manufacturers time to test it out, give developers time to update their apps, and give consumers the summer to digest the latest changes in Windows 8.1 Update 1.
Budget Tablet Support In Windows 8.1 Update 1
One of the more interesting rumors out on Friday was the update for smaller budget tablets. By optimizing Windows memory and storage footprints for smaller lower-end tablets by Lenovo, Dell, and other makers, Microsoft is giving these manufacturers more reasons to build Windows 8.1 tablets. These can sell quickly to the enterprise, and beat out Android and iPad sales as well.
I use the Dell Venue Pro 8, and while I love the unit, it gets a little sluggish. With these latest updates, hopefully it speeds it up. Build 2014 is poised to be a blockbuster of a show with two major updates along with the preview of Windows 9. The Build 2014 conference is only three months away, and it is already a must see conference for developers.
I am following the updates from Microsoft on Windows and Windows Phone, and these updates should please users. By allowing pinned apps and optimized memory, it may lead to more tablet sales as well.