Update February 28: Another top Microsoft beat writer is chorusing April 8 for the Windows 8.1 Update 1 release.
SuperSite for Windows' Paul Thurrott posted a tweet February 27 that read: "Windows 8.1 Update 1 will hit MSDN on April 2, Windows Update on April 8."
So according to Thurrott, MSDN subscribers will get the first crack at the update, followed by a general public release several days later.
April 8 is a Patch Tuesday, so expecting an update sent through the wires requires no far stretch of the imagination. We'll just have to wait and see if these rumors come to pass.
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Pump the brakes on your excitement for the Windows 8.1 Update 1 release - we may be in for a longer wait than expected.
Foley's two sources said the intention remains to have the update land on a Patch Tuesday, or April 8 to be exact. There's no word why the release date has been pushed back, except that March was an ambitious target to begin with.
Screenshots of a Windows 8.1 Update 1 pre-release build made it online earlier this week, showing a tweaked design to make the OS more welcoming to mouse and keyboard users. Pinning Metro apps to the Desktop taskbar, new context-sensitive menus with added right-click powers and dedicated search and power buttons on the Start screen are all reported parts of the update.