Report: Windows 8.1 Update 1 to be released April 8th; MSDN gets it April 2nd

A new claim from noted Microsoft reporter Paul Thurrott states, via unnamed sources, that Windows 8.1 Update 1 will be made available to download April 8th for the general public. However, MSDN subscribers will still get access to the final build ahead of that date, although not as early as usual.

According to a message on his Twitter account, Thurrott says that MSDN users will be able to access Update 1 on April 2nd, less than a week before the final build will be launched. Usually, MSDN subscribers can get new Windows builds several weeks ahead of their general availability date.

Previous rumors put an early April date for the release of Update 1, but this is the first indication about when MSDN users could get their hands on it. Leaked builds of Update 1 indicate it will bring a number of small but significant changes to Windows 8.1, mostly for its use by desktop PC owners who work with the old fashioned keyboard and mouse.

April 8th also happens to be Microsoft's "Patch Tuesday" for that month where it will release a number of software and firmware updates for a number of products besides Windows 8.1. It also happens to be the last day Microsoft will officially support Windows XP with any patches or security fixes after 12 years of support.

Source: Paul Thurrott on Twitter| Image via Win8China

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So now that this will be available thru WU....

What happens if you are on Windows 8 and not 8.1 and you try to update? This "Spring Update" will install 8.1 AND then the update along with it?
Or its possible to jump right from 8->spring update without any issues?

este said,
So now that this will be available thru WU....

What happens if you are on Windows 8 and not 8.1 and you try to update? This "Spring Update" will install 8.1 AND then the update along with it?
Or its possible to jump right from 8->spring update without any issues?


Its an update to 8.1 not 8. You must patch all the way up to November I think.

Boy,
They sure are having to pile on the updates for this misconfiguration/joke of an OS they slapped together in a hurry, aren't they?

Not that I can't use it or totally despise it, but sure as heck don't like it and won't recommend it to anyone!

Riva said,
Do we need to format the PC if we have the preview on?

Preview? You mean leaked version?

Nah, since it's MSU, you just need a simply update from Windows Update. But, if you installed Windows 8.1 Preview, you need to reinstall your Windows 8.1 final version. Either Core, Pro, or Enterprise. Then, just simply update via Windows Update.

Do you mean the Win8.1 Preview which expired on January 15 this year? If you installed it from the Store onto a licensed copy of Win8 then just install the RTM version for free. If you installed it using an 8.1 Preview ISO then either buy and activate it via the Store or wipe and reinstall the RTM version.

In other words, they're giving it to developers on the first day of BUILD (April 2). and then everyone else gets it the Tuesday after all the developers are back from BUILD. Makes sense, I'd say.

No need to name it.
It's just an update to Win 8.1. They release updates every month.
This one is just slightly larger and adds some new functionality.

Usually MSDN and TechNet update simultaneously. Since this update doesn't require a new key or anything, you'll probably be able to get it.

(My TechNet died in January, so... blah.)

And how many users aren't going to get this because they don't even have 8.1 installed? MSFT should never have released that to the MSFT Store.

Yea, and apparently, some PCs have trouble upgrading to 8.1 that don't have it pre-installed. Apparently, there needs to be some patches installed on Windows 8 before 8.1 can be applied.

So a new Windows 8 PC owner is mad right out the gate b/c they have to jump through hoops to get Windows 8.1 installed. This kind of behavior just invites the MS Bashers to tout how Apple just 'works' while with Windows, you are still dealing with update after update.

greensabath said,
Yea, and apparently, some PCs have trouble upgrading to 8.1 that don't have it pre-installed. Apparently, there needs to be some patches installed on Windows 8 before 8.1 can be applied.

So a new Windows 8 PC owner is mad right out the gate b/c they have to jump through hoops to get Windows 8.1 installed. This kind of behavior just invites the MS Bashers to tout how Apple just 'works' while with Windows, you are still dealing with update after update.

Actually it's a single 12MB KB.

CJEric said,

There's frequent updates for Apple users to deal with, too. Most people seem to love them though...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M...now_Leopard#Release_history

The difference with Apple updates is no matter how far behind you are, there is only ever one update.

So moving from Leopard to Mavericks > one update

Moving from 10.9 to 10.9.2 (so skipping 10.9.1) was one update as I did it today on a brand new Macbook which shipped with 10.9

I'm not sure how it works with Windows 8, but in previous Windows I recall update hell where you would apply about 20 patches, reboot, apply another 20, reboot. Do that about 4-5 times and you'll eventually be all up to date. It doesn't really work like that with OSX

Dot Matrix said,
And how many users aren't going to get this because they don't even have 8.1 installed? MSFT should never have released that to the MSFT Store.

Yes, Windows 8.1 seemed rushed and I've seen a growing number of PCs with their CPUs "blacklisted" by the installer. It's a real shame that MSFT didn't make Windows 8.1 as compatible as Windows 8...

DomZ said,

I'm not sure how it works with Windows 8, but in previous Windows I recall update hell where you would apply about 20 patches, reboot, apply another 20, reboot. Do that about 4-5 times and you'll eventually be all up to date. It doesn't really work like that with OSX

Seems far better with Windows 8. I updated a freshly bought Surface Pro 128GB yesterday from vanilla Windows 8 to 8.1. Had to do the first lot of updates (about 75 patches worth 600MB) which all downloaded in one go and then was able to update to 8.1.

I remember with Windows 7, you could only do some updates before receiving new ones and then sometimes again.

Yea, I will agree that it is getting better. But still, having to download 75 patches FIRST, then having to d/l 8.1 is ludicrous. They should have just made 2 versions of the 8.1 installer. One is the one that most Windows 8 PC's use that have been updating all along. The other would have all the required Windows 8 patches built-in and then just allow you to do one d/l, one install.

greensabath said,
The other would have all the required Windows 8 patches built-in and then just allow you to do one d/l, one install.

Or just some sort of rollup which has all the previous patches in one go including 8.1. It's crazy when I have to tell customers that they need all the latest updates before they have the option to download 8.1.

techbeck said,
Why dont they just release it to everyone at the same time.

Well, IT people want to test before it is released, and these people pay for a subscription, so they should at least get some benefits.

techbeck said,
Why dont they just release it to everyone at the same time.

Because developers can use the extra week to test and fix any apps they've written that might no longer work with 8.1.1. Then when *you* get the Windows update a week later, the app's already fixed and ready to go.

Otherwise you're going to complain that "Windows 8.1.1 has been out for a week now, why isn't this app still not compatible with it!?!?!!!"

They'll just call it April 2014 update and be done with it. Since it's going to come through WU most people will just upgrade without knowing what the update was called.

Updates are Service Packs, more or less. So "Update 7 Service Pack 1" would never happen. Just Update.

Of course, they're still bad at naming things. But "8.1 Update 1" is about as bad as this is going to get. We may see update 2 or even 3 before Windows 9 hints, but that's about it.

And really, what's in a name? Is it important that it's not 'SP1' or Windows 8.11?

If it's all THAT important to you, develop your own OS and put Microsoft out of business. How hard could it be to create an operating system, anyway? It MUST be easy. You're smart, right? You leave comments on sites like this, right? Of course you are... you're a genius. So start writing your OS right now.

Or have another PBR. Whatever.

The majority of users don't care if it's 8.1 or 8.2 or 10. They just want their PC to do what they want so that can do more important stuff.... like party and get drunk

wrack said,
Sweet.

Can't they just call it 8.1.5 or even 8.2 to make it very simple for majority of the users?

The next major minor version will be 8.1.1.1

Calling it 8.2 seems to be very complicated for Microsoft.

Some habits are hard to get rid of and, obviously, Microsoft has a hard time with naming stuff simply.

wrack said,
Sweet.

Can't they just call it 8.1.5 or even 8.2 to make it very simple for majority of the users?

Probably not since they want to keep Windows and WP branding similar. Hopefully this means each 'real' update will bring them one step closer to unification.

One thing I dont fully understand is why they aren't making the desktop look more 'modern'. Especially now that they're using the taskbar from the desktop to make the modern UI more usable for non-touch. Why not take the chrome effect out of it? They removed it from the start button, why not from the rest?

It also seems strange to me that while they use the taskbar as the appswitcher for non-touch they still have the charms on the rightside requiring a swipe gesture. They already moved one charm to the taskbar (start button) so why not the other four as well? Then they make swiping compleetly unnecessary for non-touch users who can simply 'click' and visible icons. At the same time the touch experience would remain unaltered (meaning charms via right swipe, appswicher via left swipe) for those on Windows tablets (like me).

A bit like ïn this concept (at the end): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6P-uXwG-18

majority of the users will never see the name of the update no matter its called 8.2, update 1, spring update or kb8272648; majority of the users gonna restart their machine sometime after april 8th and see or care nothing

the major versions of windows, rt and phone will remain in sync and that is the one thing that CAN matter to users in general (wp hasnt even reached 8.1 so "synced" they are not, but after the release of wp8.1 they will be, after that they can maintain it)

and don't forget about version-coded installers like some oem drivers: who needs a buttload of angry customers who cannot install their hp printer cos' the company is slow updating their driver installers?

Roger H. said,
The majority of users don't care if it's 8.1 or 8.2 or 10. They just want their PC to do what they want so that can do more important stuff.... like party and get drunk

I need things to slow down my partying! they should delay the update!!

morden said,
majority of the users will never see the name of the update no matter its called 8.2, update 1, spring update or kb8272648; majority of the users gonna restart their machine sometime after april 8th and see or care nothing

the major versions of windows, rt and phone will remain in sync and that is the one thing that CAN matter to users in general (wp hasnt even reached 8.1 so "synced" they are not, but after the release of wp8.1 they will be, after that they can maintain it)

It doesn't matter what people see, it matters what the press say. If people can now go "Windows 8.2 solves all the problems of Windows 8 building on the 8.,1 update and finally making it worthwhile upgrading from Windows 7" then that will greatly help uptake of W8 and the public's perception of it. If it's called Windows 8.1 Update 1 then it's a mouthful and is far harder to spin and get good press from.

It should be 8.2 for that reason. Also WP should skip straight to 8.2 to keep in parity and also to show just how big an update this is. Way more than the Windows 8 -> 8.1 and indeed if it wasn't for number parity between them would more likely be 8.5 or even 9.

MS are cutting off their nose to spite their face sticking to this old fashioned naming scheme, they need to make it simple to boost their pr.

It would be really strange if the same version of Windows (6.3.9600) had two different names. Just like Windows 7 with SP1 is still "Windows 7" and "SP1" is a footnote.

TheShark said,

It doesn't matter what people see, it matters what the press say. If people can now go "Windows 8.2 solves all the problems of Windows 8 building on the 8.,1 update and finally making it worthwhile upgrading from Windows 7" then that will greatly help uptake of W8 and the public's perception of it. If it's called Windows 8.1 Update 1 then it's a mouthful and is far harder to spin and get good press from.

It should be 8.2 for that reason. Also WP should skip straight to 8.2 to keep in parity and also to show just how big an update this is. Way more than the Windows 8 -> 8.1 and indeed if it wasn't for number parity between them would more likely be 8.5 or even 9.

MS are cutting off their nose to spite their face sticking to this old fashioned naming scheme, they need to make it simple to boost their pr.

Amen, regrettably the flow of consistency is as thick as molasses at MS