Leaked information indicates that an update for Windows 8.1 is slated to arrive later this spring. Screen shots have leaked out supposedly showing the potential update from Microsoft will be introduced at the Build conference.
It is also rumored that Microsoft will be releasing the update alongside a new mobile operating system, Windows Phone 8.1, dubbed “Blue.” If the rumors are true, it will be the first major update to Windows 8.1, which sources suggest will bridge gaps for programmers between Windows 8 smartphones, tablets, and PCs.
As with many other Windows 8 updates, rumors are swirling of a possible return of Windows’ original Start menu. Users have been asking for this since ever since updating from Windows 7. Whether or not Microsoft gives users the old, familiar Start menu, the update is expected to be more user friendly for those lacking touch screens.
The update could come as soon as March for manufacturers, with a public release arriving some time in April 2014. The download is expected to be free for Windows 8.1 users and will be available through the Windows Update service. The projected dates of the release also lines up with the Microsoft Build 2014 developer conference in early April.
While there is no official word from Microsoft on the release date — or existence — of a Windows 8.1 update, the leaked photos imply that some developers might already have a beta version in their hands.