Windows 8.1 'Spring Update' hits RTM, should leak soon

Pirate site Wzor says Microsoft has signed off on the latest version of Windows; official distribution set for early April

While Windows 8.1 won't win any awards for revamped design or improved features, Russian-language Windows pirate site declares that the Windows 8.1 "Spring Update" (per Neowin, that's the term used by Microsoft at MWC last week) has passed RTM, is being distributed to Microsoft partners, and thus should be available to the torrent-enabled masses shortly.

The name's been changed so many times it's hard to keep track, but the same version of Windows has been called Windows 8.1 Update 1 (that's the internal code name), Windows 8.2, Windows 8.1 GDR 1, and Windows 8.1 2014 Update. They're all the same thing, and according to Wzor -- who's uncannily accurate about such things -- the RTM build number is 6.3.9600.17031.WINBLUE_GDR.140221-1952.

As for an official distribution date, Wzor claims the gold bits will be posted April 1 to 2 on MSDN, and the upgrade will be available for Windows 8.1 users, via Windows Update, on April 7 to 8. Last week, Paul Thurrott stated categorically that the Spring Update will hit MSDN on April 2, and Windows Update on April 8.

Note that April 8 is next month's Black Tuesday -- the normal patching day.

I have full details on the update in my Feb. 10 post, "The sorry state of Windows 8.1 Update 1." While a few details have flip-flopped since that 9600.16610 build, I don't see any notable changes.

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