Windows 8.1 update 1 build 17019 screenshot leaks, enters escrow

Windows 8.1 update 1 leaks are popping up all over the place. With each week, it seems like a new build is arriving in the hands of testers who then promptly distribute the bits to parties outside of Microsoft’s intended circle.

This time around, build 17019 has found its way out and while the screenshot above does not provide anything exciting, according to the source, the build is now in escrow which indicates that a signoff and RTM distribution should occur very soon.

This all aligns to the expectations that update 1 will arrive in April which is only a little over 6 weeks away.  If all holds true to recent rumors, the bits will be released on patch Tuesday and come via a Windows update rather than being distributed through the Windows Store.

The distribution through Windows update seems to make a bit more sense than the Windows Store as there are not any major features being introduced only minor tweaks across the board. Unlike the 8.1 update that brought back the Start button, to the layman user, they may not notice many of the new features at first as most of them are quite subtle.

Even though the updates are not revolutionary and could be considered to be backpedaling by Microsoft, they do make using Windows 8’s modern environment much more friendly for mouse and keyboard users.

No information yet on if this build will leak like the previous ones, but we should get some more screenshots, possibly later today, that will let us know if there are any other new features tucked inside this build.

Source: Wzor

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Can somebody explain me why they keep saying this Update will make Windows 8.1 more KB & Mouse friendly?
How is it more KB friendly? I wouldn't say Win 8 was any less KB friendly then Windows 7 even.
I keep reading it everywhere and just don't get it

In the startscreen and other places you will be seeing the usual menu when right clicking, not the bar that pops up from the bottom.

Jose_49 said,
In the startscreen and other places you will be seeing the usual menu when right clicking, not the bar that pops up from the bottom.

That's for using the mouse, it doesn't change anything on how I use Win8.1 with a KB

I'm just saying that Win 8.1 is as KB friendly or even more so then Win 7 already.
I just don't understand how all these little new bits make it more " KB friendly"
mouse friendly I could understand

Stoffel said,

That's for using the mouse, it doesn't change anything on how I use Win8.1 with a KB

I'm just saying that Win 8.1 is as KB friendly or even more so then Win 7 already.
I just don't understand how all these little new bits make it more " KB friendly"
mouse friendly I could understand

Just hide your mouse and use only keyboard and you will find many things that dont work as expected.

Stoffel said,

That's for using the mouse, it doesn't change anything on how I use Win8.1 with a KB

I'm just saying that Win 8.1 is as KB friendly or even more so then Win 7 already.
I just don't understand how all these little new bits make it more " KB friendly"
mouse friendly I could understand

I think perhaps you're being SLIGHTLY too literal. "KB and mouse friendly" is a generic term to refer to those type of input devices, as opposed to touch. Maybe they mostly just made it more mouse friendly, but they may still use the term KB and mouse friendly.

Also, even if it was just as friendly, if not more friendly than Windows 7, does that not mean they can't make it MORE friendly? New keyboard shortcuts perhaps? Better shortcuts? I'm not saying this based off anything from the new build because I have no idea what they are adding, just noting that you're kind of making a big deal out of nothing.

Mouse could use a little more tweaking in the Modern UI sections though. Scrolling and navigating is a lot better in 8.1 than it was when 8 was first released, but some things are still a little awkward or inconsistent. A normal right click menu would be nice for mice as well.

We've been hearing that this build entered escrow almost two weeks ago, but this time it's really really super mega true.

I'm sure MS will release this update when it is ready. I'm in no hurry and would rather get a rock solid update than something that just had to be out by April.

CJEric said,

It's optional. Are you asking for the option to go away?

I keep seeing conflicting reports about this. For every one I see that says "it's optional", I see two that says Microsoft went full retard in implementing it.

it actually nice to have the taskbar appear on the modern side when you move down to the bottom of the screen quick and easy close apps, access your desktop apps, it actually works pretty good when used.

Dot Matrix said,

I keep seeing conflicting reports about this. For every one I see that says "it's optional", I see two that says Microsoft went full retard in implementing it.


It's optional, I even showed you the option.

Descartes said,
"Escrow"? Can anyone elaborate?

"Escrow builds" is as far as I know a term only used by Microsoft, and these represent builds where the code has been "frozen" (no new commits are allowed) and is being tested. If there are no serious showstoppers, the build becomes the final milestone (Beta, RC, RTM -- depending on what's next in development). In this case, that would be the Windows 8.1 Update 1 RTM build. Escrow builds can be handed out to a wider audience, like the Technology Adoption Program (TAP) or Independent Software Vendors (ISV's). I think a corresponding name in Apple land would be "Golden master" which is also a code frozen build which becomes the final one unless some major bug is found.

Not entierly correct, Apples "Golden master" is Microsofts "RTM". Escrow is the very short phase before RTM and right after RC, a Escrow build also isn't supposed to be RTM, it only means that it's time for the last bugs to go away.

the build I am running now is escrow too. I believe the build is feb 2. still lots of time to go before rtm, afterall wasn't the release alledgedly delayed till april?

Studio384 said,
It isn't delayed till April, it never has been March: they call it a Spring 2014 GDR for a reason, not to launch it in Winter.
i said alledgedly, because there was a a rumor it was moved up to march, then delayed from there back to april.

Wait? We jumped from 16610 to 17003 (Windows 8.1 is 16384)? Does this number also have to follow some rules that they skip so many builds? Another explenation could be that they had 2 running branches (which both get other build numbers, they skip a big amout for every new branch) and they have been merged after 16610.

Studio384 said,
Wait? We jumped from 16610 to 17003 (Windows 8.1 is 16384)? Does this number also have to follow some rules that they skip so many builds? Another explenation could be that they had 2 running branches (which both get other build numbers, they skip a big amout for every new branch) and they have been merged after 16610.

I've always assumed it's a bitfield.

Eric said,

I've always assumed it's a bitfield.

I don't think so. The first RTM is Always version 16384, whenever they find a problem and have to create a new RTM, this number highers up. Some updates also updated this number (Vista/7/8, not only in 8.1). I don't think they have to follow a rule like with the 9600 build that has to be devidable by 16.

Studio384 said,
I don't think so. The first RTM is Always version 16384, whenever they find a problem and have to create a new RTM, this number highers up.
They can't all be RTM, can they? How can they release so many different versions to manufacturers? Only the final build must be termed RTM.

thekim said,
the registry could become a new icon...

How about a black square with a chalk like sketched cube with the cube that is breaking off dashed as if it is a place holder instead of the registry falling apart?

Will it be made available via TechNet (for as long as it's up and running) or does everyone has to wait until Microsoft makes it publicly available?

There's no beta or preview this time. It's not such a big update to warrant extensive testing and feedback. The RTM version will be released for everyone at BUILD in April.