Microsoft announces Windows 8.1 Spring Update
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After months of countless rumors and leaks regarding its release date and features, the next update to Windows 8.1 has been finally announced by Microsoft's officials at the press event held by the company at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier today.
Joe Belfiore also mentioned a few interesting aspects of Windows 8.1 "Spring Update" on the Windows Phone Blog, thus confirming the rumors about enhanced support for enterprise users and interface improvements aimed at those still using a mouse and keyboard instead of a touchscreen. Modern apps will get a title bar and users will be able to pin them to the taskbar as needed. Depending on the applications present on the taskbar, they may get a jumplist and even media control support as well.
Unlike the Windows 8.1 update which used the Windows Store, Windows 8.1 "Spring Update" will be delivered to customers via Windows Update. In addition to this Windows 8.1 update, Microsoft will also release a minor Windows Server 2012 R2 update that includes "minor UI enhancements and bug fixes, as well as previously-released monthly update rollups and security fixes," according to officials.
An accurate date of release has not been revealed yet, but most rumors claim that Windows 8.1 "Spring Update" will arrive in early April, most likely on the 8th.