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Microsoft announced that the Windows 8.1 update 1 release date is set for April 8.
It will be available for free for all current 8.1 users. Windows Vice President Joe Belfiore discussed some of the new features that the update will bring at Microsoft's annual Build conference in San Francisco earlier today. It will repair issues with the keyboard and mouse, according to the report.
Other changes are expected to maximize the system's functionality while not diminishing the touch focus that Microsoft has marketed with that unifies its tablet and PC lines. It will help the software identify what type of device it is being used on and will switch modes based on that.
For example, if it's used on a tablet it will jump to Metro mode which is touch-based and will go into PC mode if it's on a desktop.
Windows 8.1 brings back some Window users favorites such as the classic Start button found on many builds of the system. It also features some improvements to the touchscreen keyboard, optimization for cheaper tablets smaller than 10 and 11 inches, and the ability to view multiple apps on the same screen.
"With Windows 8.1 we bring new management capabilities and great advancements in security and mobility," said Windows chief finance and marketing officer Tami Reller. "It has been made better through customer feedback."
Those who have downloaded the preview will receive a Windows Update and Windows Store notification. All their accounts will stay intact; however, some will have to be re-downloaded.
A Microsoft spokesperson elaborated on what apps would have to be re-installed once the final version of the update is downloaded. For Windows RT devices, all Windows Store and Metro-Style apps will have to be re-installed and for x86-based users, testers will need to reinstall both their Windows Store, Metro-Style and Desktop apps.