«Spring» update for Windows 8.1 has reached RTM status
Information from the Russian under the pseudonym WZor indicates that Microsoft has finished work on the first major update for Windows 8.1, which means that it has reached a stage of Release to Manufacturing (RTM). Thus, the company has already sent the update to computer makers to make it available to all users within the next month. It happened on 21 February.
The first official details about the so-called «spring» update, was disclosed in the framework of the exhibition Mobile World Congress. The company continues to execute its strategy to facilitate access to its ecosystem, allowing user information to move seamlessly from one device to another. However, instead of having to go the way of the Apple ecosystem that restricts users of the products of one company, Microsoft chose a more open approach, which is to deliver applications and services (OneDrive, Skype, Office Mobile, etc.) to users of various platforms.
The purpose of the updates for Windows 8.1 is a further decrease in operating system requirements to hardware, which will allow to work with devices with 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory. This, of course, the answer is the compact Android tablet and because the partners of the company will be able to release a cheaper 8-inch tablet with Windows 8.1, while maintaining the user experience.
At the same time, Microsoft continues to focus on the touch interface, but the company does not forget to take into account the wishes of users, making various changes to the operation of this sensor interface, which is not like many users using computers with a keyboard and mouse. For example, Windows Store apps will get a button to close and minimize, whereas now they are closed with a special gesture with the mouse or your finger on the screen. On the start screen will appear convenient for the desktop context menu right-click. In addition, on the home screen are buttons for shutdown and reboot, which will see users of non touch devices.
Modern apps will appear on the taskbar the classic interface. In addition, on computers without a touch screen, the operating system will boot directly to the classic interface. There are other changes, including those aimed at corporate users. Read more about Windows 8.1, you can read here.
The deployment of the update for current users, is expected to begin April 8 after the Build conference, which will take place in early April.