Windows 8.1 Update 1 build leaked by Microsoft, Windows Phone 8.5 spotted

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Microsoft generated much buzz online on Thursday when it mistakenly released a build of the much-awaited Windows 8.1 Update 1, ahead of its scheduled launch in April.

What appears to be the final build of Windows 8.1 Update 1 was leaked out online via Microsoft’s Windows Update service, as the Verge reports. Users at this point have to install a series of patches before being able to install the full update, for which they need to make a few registry changes, or download the updates via direct links.

At this point however, we recommend users wait the month or so it will take for Microsoft to release theWindows Phone 8.1 Update 1 in April, via official channels.

Most of the changes found in the Windows 8.1 Update 1 are said to be focussed on keyboard and mouse users, as we see a desktop taskbar placed above the Metro UI-style apps, and options that enable the user to minimise, close or snap Metro UI-style apps. The Redmond-based firm is also said to add a ‘shut down’ button on the Start screen for non-touch user machines. A new search button is also seen on the top-right corner.

Microsoft might also make its Windows 8.1 Update 1 thin-client friendly, as the updated OS is said to support configurations as low as 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.

Besides the Windows 8.1 Update 1 leak by Microsoft, other reports indicate some major changes to the Windows Phone 8 platform.

On Thursday, reports of Windows Phone 8.5 already being in the works were circulating the Internet. Mention of the new version of the mobile OS was spotted in a tooltip message (see image below) in the updated Windows Phone 8.1 SDK files. Not many details accompanied the Windows Phone 8.5 tooltip message, apart from hints that secondary live tile might be removed, and that the API might be altered or re-designed for some other new features. The firm is also said to be planning to change the start screen in Windows Phone 8.5.

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