Microsoft Windows 8.1 update leaks online
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The next update for Microsoft Windows 8.1 should arrive in about five weeks from now, but various revisions have been already leaked online and those willing to try these builds can grab them from several pirate download sites.
Right now, the latest version available for download is three weeks old but Russian blog WZor.Net already published screenshots of a build released on the 26th of January, so it is probably a matter of days until this one becomes widely available.
Unfortunately, WZor does not mention any details about the new features of the most recent build it obtained compared to the three-week-old version leaked to virtually anyone interested. These are the most important changes of the build dated January 14:
- Power Down and Search tiles in the top right area of the Metro screen, but only on screens wider than 8.5 inches, according to WZor.
- Font scaling to 500 percent, with 250 percent set as default for monitors with over 1,800 vertical pixels.
- A new "by name" sorting layout for the Apps View.
- Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11, designed "to try to help Windows 7 business users with IE8 dependencies get 'unstuck.'"
- The desktop taskbar appears/disappears from Metro app screens' bottom.
- Metro tiles now have right-click context menus.
If WZor does not discover anything worth being mentioned in the January 26 Windows 8.1 Update 1 build we will probably meet this topic again in a few weeks anyway. Considering the current rate, at least two more intermediary builds should leak online before the March 11 release.