Windows 8.1 Update 1 release date now set for April 8?

If you’re eagerly awaiting the release of the first significant Windows 8.1 update, you might have to wait a little bit longer, assuming that previous rumors had any merit to them of course.

A new report suggests that Windows 8.1 Update 1 may be released on April 8, which could be several days after the conclusion of Microsoft’s developer-focused Build conference. This comes after previous reports indicated release time-frames of March 11, as well as early April. Well, earlier than April 8 that is.

Just the other day, the update reportedly was leaked to file sharing sites. Reports stated that the update, as presently constituted, would indeed boot users straight to the classic desktop UI by default, bypassing the tiled Metro/Modern UI entirely. What’s more, the update purportedly will allow users to minimize and maximize Metro/Modern apps, which suggests that they’ll be available for use within the tiled and desktop interfaces.

Shutting down your Windows 8.1 PC may also become easier. The leaked update reportedly includes a power button that saves you from having to swipe in from the right side of the screen in order to shut down or restart your rig. This should shave some seconds off the process.

We searched around a bit on torrent sites to see if we could find any download links for the leaked update, just to see what people are saying in the comments. We haven’t been able to find such pages, but if we do, we’ll update this story with reactions from those who opted to grab the leaked update.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments below.

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