Windows 8.1 spring update screenshots leak

Well, that didn’t take very long did it? After we reported yesterday that the spring update for Windows 8.1 is scheduled to be released in April, it is now being reported that early builds of the update are in the hands of folks outside the walls of Redmond but alas, the full build has yet to leak.

The screenshots were leaked by Wzor and show the build string that is slightly masked at the bottom. Now, while the build is in the hands of some who are able to leak, there are a few confidentially issues at stake, so the build has not been fully leaked, yet. The source states that after January 14th, when wider distribution occurs, it will be more likely that the build will leak but that's not a guarantee.

It’s being said that this is not simply a rollup of in the traditional sense and that Microsoft will offer the update as a pre-installed installation packager or a standalone update. We aren't quite sure what the source means by it not being a traditional service pack as no new features were stated in the post.

Further, Microsoft reportedly has no plans to release a ‘preview’ version of the software and will stick to a live rollout of the update. This shouldn’t be a major surprise as Microsoft typically only beta tests major releases such as Windows 8 and the 8.1 update.

Not much else is known in terms of new features but it is being said that the update will be released to the public around the time of the BUILD conference. This is the third source to identify this timeline which means it’s likely going to happen.

Naturally, this is not the final build that will be released and Microsoft could include more features before release. Microsoft likely knows that as soon as a build is sent out to its OEM partners, screenshots will leak so they may be keeping any new features under wrap for a few more weeks.

Source: Wzor | Translation help thanks to @AngleWZR

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New feature that I want:

Should a blue screen occur, it shouldn't reboot, but instead load the current state of things just before it crashed (moments after the BSOD occurs).

Simple words: It crashes, a few seconds later, it resumes your current state without a reboot. Can this be done with some kind of extreme error correcting code? Possible?

Should a blue screen occur, it shouldn't reboot, but instead load the current state of things just before it crashed (moments after the BSOD occurs).

Moments later...a BSOD.

Wow, lots of people with bad taste hating on flat UI in here.

I guess a decent sense of aesthetics is too much to ask for most people.

Windows 8 looks great, uncluttered, easy to read. They have stuffed up in minor ways, hiding too much from the user and not making it consistent enough. If only they followed the same design guidelines as Windows Phone, which arguably has the easiest UI to use out there (fun too - the interactivity, animations and transitions are lively, smooth and flawless even on lower spec WP devices).

It would be real nice if they installed a feature for exiting an app it would return to the start screen automatically. This would ne a nice new feature. They put a lot of thought in the design of the start screen they should promote it as much as they can. I for one have embraced the change Microsoft has done to Windows and I feel it is for the better.

It used to be that leaks were good -- they built hype. MS really should real them in if it is just going to be more of the same as it appears to be....

They need to get it through their thick ****ing skulls -- that **** is ugly.

Microsoft's "UI curse" continues. When (or if) Microsoft will ever get it right for the appropriate device on which Windows is run? Their recent track record isn't very good.

I'm starting to believe Wzor is actually a team hired by Microsoft to publish unofficial Windows builds to build hype, haha.

It's just so... timely

here's to hoping windows 9 puts major focus on desktop functionality and more unified look with all components of the os.

aviator189 said,
here's to hoping windows 9 puts major focus on desktop functionality

you will be disappointed

vcfan said,

you will be disappointed


who knows...
maybe ms got the message.
heck, I dig windows 8.1 and haven't yet downgraded to windows 7 and I enjoy using the start screen and other windows 8 enhancements to performance/perks, but I was disappointed to see that almost everything in desktop view had remained the same. It'd be good to see added functionality and other new ideas flow into the desktop area. Even some subtle visual enhancements and tweaks would go a long way.

That said, I think windows 9 will be great. I think ms just needs to get out from windows 8's negative backlash. In addition, they really need to inject some new juice into the windows division to get back on track to what made other better-received windows versions so great in the first place.

Every time there's an update named "Cumulative update for Internet Explorer", the .X number bumps up.

So even today IE11 is 11.0.2, and in two weeks it'll (most likely) get to 11.0.3 after "Patch Tuesday".

So does IE10, which is 10.0.10 or something like that. It started with IE9 if I remember correctly.

"The update will likely arrive via Windows update and it will also include IE 11.0.2. The IE11 update is likely bug fixes only considering the marginal bump in the build number."

Microsoft bumps IE version by x.y.1 every month with cumulative update. Actual users of IE 11 have already 11.0.2 and January Update will bump it to 11.0.3.

while clolorful 3d icons and glass reflextions look futuristic, right?
i like your thinking however, ios, osx, google web design, android core ui and samsung ui looks old on arriaval eh?

morden said,
while clolorful 3d icons and glass reflextions look futuristic, right?
i like your thinking however, ios, osx, google web design, android core ui and samsung ui looks old on arriaval eh?

No, they look modern.. not futuristic.. not old. They look how graphics should look now.

morden said,
while clolorful 3d icons and glass reflextions look futuristic, right?
i like your thinking however, ios, osx, google web design, android core ui and samsung ui looks old on arriaval eh?

Nice straw man you've got there...

margrave said,
The whole flat ui concept looks outdated. It's great to look old at release, right?

Compared to what? Other UIs are getting flatter with every new version and those that don't look tacky now.

Geezy said,
Those flat UIs are built to save battery power, this is for the desktop.

This is totally baseless, surely? Flat = 'purely digital' without visual frippery. It's still composited on the GPU using DWM etc.

I love it - WP8 is a joy to use.

margrave said,
The whole flat ui concept looks outdated. It's great to look old at release, right?

Right....which is why countless companies (Apple, Google, now Samsung's copied W8 interface) are all switching to flat UIs.

morden said,
while clolorful 3d icons and glass reflextions look futuristic, right?
i like your thinking however, ios, osx, google web design, android core ui and samsung ui looks old on arriaval eh?

Why limit your comparison to previous styles?
What about this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwj2s_5e12U
Particularly watch the segment between 0:35 and 0:50.

notchinese said,

Right....which is why countless companies (Apple, Google, now Samsung's copied W8 interface) are all switching to flat UIs.

These companies did not copy Windows 8. Comments like these are just hilarious. I've seen flat UI's before Windows 8 was even released.

JHBrown said,
These companies did not copy Windows 8. Comments like these are just hilarious. I've seen flat UI's before Windows 8 was even released.

so the timing is just a global coincidence along with the "shared" design elements eh? apple with the ios7 at least had the creativity to DO something with the concept, but google and samsung are only copycats as usual (not a big surprise, the entire touchwiz is a pathetic copy of ios, this magazine ui is a copy of metro)

google web design started to rip off microsoft web design at least a year ago and the not-globally-welcomed flattening their spyware chrome icon, well, thats just plain shamelessness

Geezy said,
Those flat UIs are built to save battery power, this is for the desktop.

It has less to do with battery than the DWM and making things easier to read.

Simple design principle. 'White Space' - A blank sheet of paper with words is easier to read than one filled with lines, watermarks and backgrounds.

The reason the 'blur/transparency' was turned off is to retain consistency when the DWM fallsback to older GPUs. (DWM runs as D3D 11, but falls back to DX10, DX9, and software (CPU) rendering modes.)

This also helps the inconsistency in the UI that Vista and WIn7 lacks, as switching between 'classic/basic' had different placement in addition to looking foreign coming from a modern DWM enabled system.

Battery was never much of an issue, as Windows 7 already would turn off 'blur/transparency' when running on battery. However, this created another inconsistency, and essentially looked like Windows 8.

nyolc8 said,
dat win95-style scrollbar.

that's how the scrollbars appear on the New Tab page in IE11, even in Windows 7. Resize the window and see for yourself. It's kinda weird.

FalseAgent said,

that's how the scrollbars appear on the New Tab page in IE11, even in Windows 7. Resize the window and see for yourself. It's kinda weird.

Wow, you're right. That's almost like it's a glitch or a overlooked UI design style.

Typical of Microsoft.
Look at how many icons haven't been updated for years.

They have this unfortunate habit of not fully completing cleanup/refactoring/redesign jobs.

FalseAgent said,

that's how the scrollbars appear on the New Tab page in IE11, even in Windows 7. Resize the window and see for yourself. It's kinda weird.

The New Tab page seems to be a custom layout. It isn't HTML, so it doesn't use the Trident rendering engine. (Right-click on the page -- you don't get the usual right-click menu.)