Windows 8.1 Update 1 and Windows Phone 8.5 released prematurely

Judith Aparri

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Tuesday, March 11 2014

Attendees demo the Windows 8.1 Preview at Build.PHOTO: Microsoft / Press Photo

Redmond-based Microsoft is getting ready for the release of its Windows 8.1 update next month, but it appears the company is sharing it earlier. The software was mistakenly leaked on Thursday.

The Verge reports the leak and users have to install a set of patches to be able to install the entire update, where a few changes to the registry has to be made, or download updates through direct links.

Windows 8.1 Update 1

The users, however, are advised to wait for the release schedule through official channels. According to NDTV Gadgets, many changes in the Windows 8.1 Update 1 are focused on mouse and keyboard users, as seen in the Metro UI-style apps. There are options to enable minimize screen, snap, or close the apps. Microsoft is said to append a "shut down" button on the Start screen if the device is non-touch. Another new button, "Search" is likewise seen on the top right side.

Windows 8.1 Update 1 will be thin-client friendly, since the updated OS will support configurations as low as 16GB storage and 1GB RAM.

Windows Phone 8

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Nokia Lumia With Windows Phone.Photo: Wikipedia

Aside from the Window 8.1 Update 1, reports indicate major changes to Windows Phone 8 as well.

Windows Phone 8.5 is said to be in the works, as the most recent version of the mobile OS was seen in a tooltip message of the Windows 8.1-updated SDK files. Details were scarce, except for hints that the secondary live tile may be removed and the API might be changed for some new features. Microsoft may have a different start screen for its Windows Phone 8.5.

If the leaked photos are true, developers will manage notifications through grouping, replacing, and tagging them, as new ones come in.

Microsoft still has to give an official word on its Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, so users are advised to wait for the company's official release of updates before making any changes or downloading it.

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