A minor update to Windows 8.1, simply dubbed Update 1, could make its way to users in early March.
The purported release date comes from ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, who is often right on the money when it comes to Microsoft-related rumors. Update 1 will reportedly be a minor update that could be released on March 11, in addition to the monthly security patches that Microsoft pushes out on the same day. The update was originally expected to be detailed at the company’s Build conference in April, but apparently that won’t be the case, which is well and good, since Build will likely be reserved for details on Windows 9 and Windows Phone 8.1.
Windows 8.1 Update 1 is expected to bring optimization that reduces the memory usage and disk space requirement of the OS for low-cost tablets, which could go a long way in helping the OS gain some footing amidst the onslaught of cheap Android tablets that currently flood the market. Furthermore, the update will reportedly include the ability to pin Metro-style apps to the task bar (with thumbnail previews and the option to close apps with a right-click), and other general improvements to add polish to Windows 8.1.