Windows 8.1 leaked by none other than Microsoft itself

Microsoft itself is the culprit of an unplanned release of the Windows 8.1 update codenamed Blue which was made available to the general public accidentally. This software is planned to be launched officially in early April, but some simple steps enabled everyone to grab it onto their systems easily.

Microsoft had released the Windows 8.1 update to manufacturing a few days ago, and was supposed to deliver it to ‘dogfooders’ inside the company prior to rolling it out to MSDN subscribers and later to the general public. But according to ZDNet, instructions on the MyDigitalLife forum enabled anyone to download it from the company’s official site.

Windows 8.1

All they needed to do was use direct links or tweak their registries, and the software would appear in Windows Update. This flaw has now been cleared up by the Redmond-based technology giant, and no longer can you exploit it to gain for yourselves the features included in the Windows 8.1 update. This means you’ll have to wait until next month to infuse you PCs with them.

What are the traits included in this update you ask? Indented primarily to address grievances of Windows 8 users, this software’s main addition is the much craved for Start button on the taskbar, the absence of which had created quite an uproar among Windows fans. Other than that, there’s an upgraded Start screen, additional snap views, better Internet Explorer 11, a Bing-powered unified search system and more.

The Windows 8.1 update will be released to Windows 8 users sometime next month. Stay tuned for updates regarding the same.