Care for some reheated soup? Microsoft, it is being said, has already finished development work on Windows 8.1 Update 1, and this version recently hit the important RTM millstone.
This information was revealed by our friendly neighborhood leaker, WZor, yesterday.
And now another friendly Microsoft watcher, Mary Jo Foley, is reporting that Windows 8.1 Update 1 has indeed hit RTM, but general availability of this version is still set for April — as previously scheduled. The company will go in with minor touchups in the meantime as it handles delivery to hardware vendors.
She further reveals that Update 1 should be in the hands of MSDN subscribers at the very start of April, as Microsoft is keen on giving developers a chance to deploy the new release in time for the BUILD 2014 conference in San Francisco.
End users, again, will only get their hands on Update 1 on April 8, when Microsoft rolls out the update as part of the Patch Tuesday update cycle.
Coincidentally, this is also the date when Windows XP reaches end of support — out with the old and in with the new, then? You bet!
Details on everything that is new in Windows 8.1 Update 1 are still under wraps, but one of the more notable features is the trimming down of the hardware requirements. Microsoft has lowered them down in order to bring more affordable devices to market, and increase adoption of its OS.
Call it magic, but Windows 8.1 Update 1 will now require just 1GB of RAM and 16GB storage space.