'Windows 8.1 update 1 with Bing' build leaks, raises questions

A new build of Windows 8.1 update has leaked but unlike the previous leaks, the phrase ‘with Bing’ is included with the build that is a deviation from past releases. The leak comes from a partner build of Connected Core that has been leaked in both x86 and x64 flavors; the build number for this leak is 17024 whereas the last Windows 8.1 update leak had a build number of 17025.

The interesting thing about this leak is the ‘with Bing’ attribute as this has not been seen in previous leaks of the update 1 for Windows 8.1.

It’s not surprise that Windows 8 (in all variants) ships with Bing built in as the apps and search are now part of the OOBE. But this build specifically calls out Bing in the terms and service agreements as well as within the watermark in the bottom right corner.

The partner build aspects points to the fact that this build is intended for partners and may not be released as a general public build. What could this mean? Well, Microsoft could have another install of Windows 8.1 that does not have Bing as built in as deeply as the vanilla flavor of Windows 8.1 Update 1. While this could seem odd, it could reflect the EU's love affair with taxing Microsoft for baking in its own services deeply into the OS.

Of course, it would seem more likely, if the above were true, that the build would be called ‘with Internet Explorer’ as that’s where Microsoft got dinged last time around, but for now, it’s only a simplified observation and not a statement of fact.

Windows 8.1 update 1 is expected to arrive in April and will be distributed via Windows update, rather than through the Windows Store. Many expect that Microsoft will announce Windows 8.1 update 1 at its BUILD conference that takes place the first week of April.

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.

With about 5 weeks until the conference kicks off, we don't have to wait too much longer to learn more about the update for Windows 8.1.

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