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Windows 8.1 update might be as late as April

Sources in Microsoft say that the official Windows 8.1 update may have shifted from March to April.

The much-rumoured and oft-leaked next update for Windows 8.1 looked set for a March delivery date.

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Now, sources in Microsoft have told our sister site ZDNet that delivery of the update may shift to April. It's unknown what caused the delay, but the word is that March was always going to be an ambitious date to make.

There's also been a little clarification on the rumours that the update could change a device's settings to default to the desktop on start-up, bypassing the Metro Start screen.

It now seems that the 'desktop default' will be for PCs and devices that don't have a touchscreen. Any new devices which fit that bill and ship with the updated build of Windows 8.1 will have this setting.

Conversely, if you download the update and upgrade, your settings will remain the same.

The update still looks set to include a number of changes to enhance functionality with keyboard and mouse, including the ability to pin Metro apps to the desktop task bar.

It'll just be doing it in April, rather than March, it seems.