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.

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  • Ray C

    Good news

  • Massimiliano Uguccioni

    Where is the new/old START MENU ?

    • Fahad Ali

      That, chances are, will only come with Windows 9. 🙂

    • Aaditya Menon

      not yet arrived…

  • Zeus

    what about CPU requirements ?

    • Aaditya Menon

      Reportedly there are lesser CPU requirements

      • Zeus

        does it run on old Pentium 4 processors (for my dad) ?

        • Aaditya Menon

          i think it will run if there’s good RAM..I am running Win 8.1 x86 on my Pentium 4 but with 4 GB RAM . Works well…

          • Zeus

            I think it has 1Gb RAM… so it should be good to go…

          • Aaditya Menon

            yah , reportedly now update 1 will have less than 1GB Ram requirement…..But I don’t think apps would perform well…