Be prepared and mark your calenders if you are looking ahead to run your computer via the newest and upcoming Windows 8.1. According to reports, the upcoming Windows 8.1 update will arrive as soon as Microsoft stops support for the long-serving and extremely popular Windows XP.
As revealed earlier officially by the Redmond-based technology giant, Microsoft will stop any and all support for Windows XP starting April 8. And while the day will mark as a sad day for all those of you sticking loyally to the previously released OS, the day might also be significant as Microsoft might start pushing out the Windows 8.1 update on April 8 itself.
According to Neowin, citing a recent tweet for the same from prominent Microsoft report Paul Thurrott, while April will serve as an important month for all Windows users in terms of finally shedding off the ever-popular XP cloak, this will also be the same month when users start receiving the Windows 8.1 update.
"Windows 8.1 Update 1 will hit MSDN on April 2, Windows Update on April 8," the tweet states.<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Windows 8.1 Update 1 will hit MSDN on April 2, Windows Update on April 8</p>— Paul Thurrott (@thurrott) <a href="https://twitter.com/thurrott/statuses/439136966404501505">February 27, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Apart from mentioning a potential arrival date for the new Windows-based update, Thurrott also stated that MSDN users will be able to access the first update starting April 2, which will be less than a week before the final build to the OS is launched.
While it remains to be seen as to what kind of changes arrive alongside the new update, the Windows 8.1 is expected to offer changes such as including new context-sensitive menus (attainable by right-clicking on the screen), the capability to pin Metro apps to the Desktop task bar, and even adding stalwart search and power buttons to the Start screen.
As it remains, considering the Windows XP, Microsoft will stop support for the operating system after 12 years of support.