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Windows 8.1 update 1 reaches final RTM stage, launch slated for April 8

Windows 8.1 update 1 leak demos mouse right-click options
Windows 8.1 update 1 leak demos mouse right-click options

Microsoft gave the approval for a final version of Windows 8.1 update 1 to be sent to PC and tablet makers. According to The Verge Tuesday (March 4), sources claim that the “spring” Windows 8.1 update 1 is in the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) stage.

Slated for an April 8 release to the public, Windows 8.1 update 1 was confirmed by Microsoft at this year’s Mobile World Congress event (MWC), following rumors and leaks. As CNET reports, users can expect to see a new interface for mouse users. Some users prefer traditional PC control over the touch screen focus of Windows 8, and Microsoft is addressing this in the spring update.

Once Windows 8.1 update 1 rolls out, users will be able to use the mouse’s right-click to open, close and minimize Metro apps. It will also be possible to shut down Windows using the mouse’s new context menu, without having to rely on the Start screen. Microsoft assured MWC press conference attendees that touch options will remain after the new update."We love touch. None of the work has a negative effect on touch,"Microsoft vice president of operating systems, Joe Belfiore said.

Windows 8.1 update 1 will bring search, power and settings icons to the Start screen along with changes boot up options for anti-touch users. Windows 8.1 update 1 will allow non-touch PC users to automatically boot to the desktop UI, the Verge explains. ZDNET reports that Internet Explorer 8 compatibility mode is built into Internet Explorer 11.

Windows 8.1 users who prefer the old fashioned functions of pre-touch PCs will surely appreciate update 1."We could see where things were going great, and we could see where could improve things," Belfiore said about the spring update.