The buzz among the bees, the word on the street is that Windows 8.1 Update 1 has finally leaked. Finally, in the sense that those with the power to leak the ISOs promised this sometimes after January 14, after Microsoft sent out the test version to more partners.
Anyway, since this refresh of Windows 8.1 is reportedly on track for a March release, the software titan is now smack in the middle of the testing phase.
Hence various test builds are reaching the web, and in the words of WZOR, a new version has leaked moments ago. Strings are attached — you will need to search for build string Windows 8.1 Update 1 Build 9600.16606 if you want to download this early flavor.
And if you do you will find that the boot to desktop option is now configured on by default.
Users that install this new version of the operating system will now skip Metro entirely once they start their PCs. And if they want to access the Start Screen, they will be required to click the Start Button.
A trivial change that alludes to something big at play, perhaps?
We will know for sure once this version makes its debut sometimes in March. In the meantime, expect a volley of screenshots to hit the web soon, now that the leaked copies are making their way up.