Lower memory and disk space requirements
According to Mary Jo Foley, Windows 8.1 Update 1 will have a tinier footprint, allowing it to run on cheaper small tablets. Foley didn't give specifics, but it'll be interesting to see if Windows can finally squeeze onto devices with 16 GB of storage.
Reports conflict on when Microsoft will launch Windows 8.1 Update 1. Paul Thurrott claims that the target date is early April, while Mary Jo Foley says Microsoft is targeting a March 11 launch. Either way, expect Microsoft to talk all about the update during its Build developers conference in early April.
And beyond Windows 8.1 Update 1, visions of "Windows Threshold" are starting to take shape, although it's unknown whether that 2015 refresh will be known as Windows 8.2 or start over fresh as Windows 9. Early reports suggest that Windows Threshold will rekindle Windows' relationship with the old keyboard and mouse even more, with a returned Start Menu and the ability to actually run modern apps on the desktop proper, rather than simply pinning them to the taskbar.
Fingers crossed! In the meantime, you might want to check out PCWorld's guide to banishing Metro from Windows 8.1.
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