Windows 8.1 spring update expected to arrive in April

Microsoft is gearing up for another update to Windows 8.1 that is rumored to arrive this spring. We have been hearing about the update for some time, though few concrete details have surfaced. Sure, we have heard about the "Threshold" update, but the purported spring update appears to be a different beast from that.

According to a report by Win8China, the spring update will be completed in March and possibly either be announced or released at the company's BUILD conference the following month – an online translation of the site isn't clear about the timing.

The source notes that the update will be minor and not result in a version bump for the platform. In other words, this is not Windows 8.2, so don’t expect any major new features to be included.

With BUILD still a few months away, we fully expect to hear more about this update before then. Considering that the actual build leaks typically occur when OEMs receive them, the March timeframe seems like a logical time when a leaked build may make its way to the web.

Thanks for the tip, Faikee!

Source: Win8China

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I'd settle for the return of some useful Windows 7 features like the WiFi and network location managers. Sometimes I don't wanna netsh. :-(

That could be an option...if Microsoft was really serious about keeping enterprise/business customers beyond Windows-7 and XP.

I'd hope there would be new features. I'm not expecting some massive overhaul but in six months they should be able to make some decent improvements and additions to the OS. Especially if Threshold truly isn't coming till 2015.

At the very least we'll hopefully see some cool integration with Windows Phone 8.1 so they finally start feeling like part of the same ecosystem as opposed to just looking similar.

Looking forward to BUILD though, there will be cool stuff happening, otherwise they'd wait and host it later in the year.

Let's hope they update the Photos, SkyDrive and File Picker apps. I want to be able to sort and search inside a folder within those apps, be able to see detail info for photos and the files that are shared with me in SkyDrive.

Also a better connection between desktop and Windows Store apps should be integrated. I want to send files from Explorer with Mail! Dammit!

Dot Matrix said,
App updates, I'm assuming?

They keep rolling out App updates all the time, unless they are putting off major changes for a timed released, which I doubt.

Probably has more to do with WP8.1 API parity.

What problems have you had? Ditch Windows support and try some of the forums here or on eightforums.com maybe. Loads of knowledgeable people there willing to help.

Rumors just keep putting major updates aside. First it was the so-called Windows 9 which was then pushed back by Windows 8.1. Now instead of getting Windows 8.2, it is now pushed back by Threshold as well. Now we just need Patch Tuesdays push back Threshold.

Everything I've heard is that Threshold is 8.2 just like blue was 8.1. When you say so-called it effectively means rumor. There was never any kind of real info on WIndows 9 and there still isn't. I've been following the update rumors and Windows development has been exactly on time. If you were talking about Windows Phone I could see your point.

astroXP said,
Rumors just keep putting major updates aside. First it was the so-called Windows 9 which was then pushed back by Windows 8.1. Now instead of getting Windows 8.2, it is now pushed back by Threshold as well. Now we just need Patch Tuesdays push back Threshold.

Rumors are not versions. Features are also not version numbers.

If feature XYZ is planned and delivered, it doesn't matter if they call it 8.1 or 9.0.

You can call Windows 8.1 Windows 9.0 if it makes you feel better, as it could have been.

Hopefully it will have Cortana and work on all of their platforms(Xbox One, WP, and Windows) as well as tighter integration of their services.

Well we already know that. W8.1 and WP8.1 will share %76 API codebase with this spring update. After that, Threshold will bring it to basically %100 in Spring 2015. Can't wait.

Xabier Granja said,
Well we already know that. W8.1 and WP8.1 will share %76 API codebase with this spring update.

Where did that 76% come from?! I don't remember such thing ever being mentioned.

eddman said,

Where did that 76% come from?! I don't remember such thing ever being mentioned.

It was part of the original rumor about MS moving towards a single Windows Store for both tablet and phone and that the API similarity right now is around 30% while with WP8.1 and update 1 for Windows 8.1 that it will go up to 70% or so. The rest with the next versions in 2015 when rumors say we'll get the unified store.

eddman said,

Where did that 76% come from?! I don't remember such thing ever being mentioned.

Microsoft has publically said many times we should see around 80% for WP8.1 and Win8.1.

(With WP8.1 hitting also this spring, it makes sense that some of the API changes will roll back into WinRT around the same time.)

Mobius Enigma said,

Microsoft has publically said many times we should see around 80% for WP8.1 and Win8.1.

(With WP8.1 hitting also this spring, it makes sense that some of the API changes will roll back into WinRT around the same time.)

"Around 80%" is not the same as "WILL share 76%".

Also, it wouldn't be bad to have some references, or we should again just go and search Microsoft.com.

eddman said,

"Around 80%" is not the same as "WILL share 76%".

Also, it wouldn't be bad to have some references, or we should again just go and search Microsoft.com.

Seriously? In my world, 76% is around 80%.

As for people reluctantt to FIND INFORMATION themselves, I give up. If you want to remain ignorant, do so.

However, don't expect people, like myself, talking about a topic to spoon feed you information. These are the comments sections for discussion and exchange of ideas; I am not writing an article, and I am not updating Wikipedia.

If you doubt ANYTHING ANYONE says, GO FIND THE ANSWER FOR YOURSELF.

You are just embarrassing yourself that a 'search' is too much work.

Mobius Enigma said,

Seriously? In my world, 76% is around 80%.

As for people reluctantt to FIND INFORMATION themselves, I give up. If you want to remain ignorant, do so.

I'm not talking about the numbers, but the way he said it, as if it'll EXACTLY be 76%.

As for finding information, that's what I do, all the time. I rarely ask anyone for anything. I tend to do my own research.

When I do ask for some help, it means that I could not find that information, no matter how long or hard I tried, and this is one of those cases.

I did tell you that before and nicely asked you to please share some links, but for some reason you just don't want to help.
You're older than me and also know a LOT more than me, judging from your profile page, but yet refuse to share a few whitepapers on flash memory that I'm very eager to read and learn about. I'm glad no one in my university was like you.

I don't doubt you or claim that you're lying. I just want to read the source material to know even more about it, please.

announced or released
Then I say: announced AND released. Anyway, nice to see them improving on Windows 8.1 even further. I wonder what will be in this first GDR.

Studio384 said,
Then I say: announced AND released. Anyway, nice to see them improving on Windows 8.1 even further. I wonder what will be in this first GDR.

I'm expecting API level changes to match with WP8.1 and maybe a few minor tweaks.