Microsoft reportedly delays Windows 8.1 Update 1 to April

It looks like Microsoft is going to keep working on Windows 8.1 Update 1 a little longer than expected. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, who previously stated that the free update for the operating system would be released March 11, says she's now told by her sources at Microsoft that the launch has been pushed back until sometime in April.

The report suggests that the Windows 8.1 team in charge of Update 1 was perhaps a tad too ambitious in setting the launch date for March 11. Foley adds that OEMs could still get Update 1 sent to them by early March so they can have it installed on new PCs to be sold in the spring.

While Microsoft has yet to officially confirm the existence of Update 1, much less reveal a release date, that has not stopped an early build of the OS from being leaked on the Internet. Some of the new features in the build include the ability to pin Modern UI apps on the taskbar, a power shutdown button placed on top of the Start screen and a menu when right-clicking on a Modern app.

It would certainly make more sense for Microsoft to release Windows 8.1 Update 1 in April, since that's also when the company will be holding its annual BUILD developer conference in San Francisco.

Source: ZDNet | Image via Win8China

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Does the screen shot indicate that a non-touch centric UI is available? I see traditional desktop oriented icons. But wait, where is the "Start" orb? I guess Windows-9 will be the next opportunity to fix the Windows-8 mess.

TsarNikky said,
Does the screen shot indicate that a non-touch centric UI is available? I see traditional desktop oriented icons. But wait, where is the "Start" orb? I guess Windows-9 will be the next opportunity to fix the Windows-8 mess.

Give it a rest. All you do is whine about Windows 8. Step away from your computer, go up the stairs of your parents house, and go outside for a bit.

TsarNikky said,
Does the screen shot indicate that a non-touch centric UI is available? I see traditional desktop oriented icons. But wait, where is the "Start" orb? I guess Windows-9 will be the next opportunity to fix the Windows-8 mess.
Agree

Does anyone have any insight into whether Windows 8.1 update 1 will be a conventional Windows update, or another ~3.5-GB download and subsequent full install with the HI!, While we're setting things up....

Not delayed.. never officially announced... lol

It makes sense to save on time and costs and announce it at the same time as Windows Phone 8.1. Plus as you wrote, OEMs will get it in March (same time WP8.1 is supposed to come to them too).

So, Microsoft never announced the release date, and now it's delayed... Wut?

Anyway, March never made sense. Should be released along WP 8.1, which has always been rumored to be launched in April.

Someone should have thought about March not making sense when the codename leaked out...

Spring 2014 GDR. March is still a Winter-month.

Personally, I find it interesting and promising that Windows Phone and Windows will have the same patch Tuesday. We could see regular updates for both UI and security, and more importantly, older phones won't be dependent on OEMs or carriers for receiving those important patches. Its far more promising than the experience I have had in the past with other platforms.

Delay an update that was ment to be launched in spring, but according to rumors would be available in the winter, back go spring. Makes sense?

I wouldn't even call this a delay, since it was never official announced as March 11th. Only rumors and unnamed sources.

Nothing's ever bug free and no amount of lab testing on limited hardware configs can replicate actual widespread consumer usage, but yeah, does give them more time to hopefully iron the wrinkles out.

Talys said,
I wonder if that means there will be more little changes

Not really, now Windows Phone 8.1 is suppose to be announce on the BUILD conference. So I'm wondering if both will be release at the same time.

It was reported to be feature complete at this point, so I wouldn't count on it, but it already looks that it'll be a really welcome upgrade as it is.

Dot Matrix said,
Update 1 is feature locked at this point.
Sure, but more spit and polish is always appreciated. I don't mind the slight delay at all if it results in a more cohesive final product.