We’re used to seeing software leaked ahead of time, of course, usually from some file-sharing herbert who has begged it off an insider, or just plain stolen it, but Microsoft has leaked the first update for Windows 8.1 from its own website.
Windows 8.1 Update 1 isn’t expected to be launched until the end of the first week of April (following Build), but as we reported earlier this week, the final RTM version has been signed off.
And bav0.com (via PC Pro) spotted that Microsoft was actually hosting the update itself, although you’ll need to download no less than six separate updates, and apply them and reboot for each. Apparently, Microsoft has now taken down at least one of those files (but bav0.com has put mirrors up).
Previously there was a registry hack which worked to actually bring the upgrade in via Windows Update, but that has been killed off by Redmond.
Of course, when all is said and done, you’re much better off just waiting a month for the real deal – but there are always those folks who can’t wait to get a taste of what Update 1 will bring.
And what will it bring? Well, a number of changes to help improve the experience for mouse-and-keyboard Desktop jockeys. For example, Metro (new-style) apps will be brought into the taskbar in Desktop mode, so you don’t have to switch environments to close them down, should you be using a new-style app.
Whether the update will be enough to assuage Windows 8 sceptics, well, that remains doubtful.