It looks like we are getting our first new leak of the year very soon. The upcoming Windows 8.1 Spring 2014 update is already floating around the internet and is nearing a possible leak, according to a reliable source.
The pre-release Windows 8.1 Spring 2014 update is already floating around the internet and in the hands of those who are lucky enough to have it. The build string is reportedly 6.3.9600.16581.WINBLUES14_GDR_LEAN.13122 2-2030.
It looks like Microsoft may release the official build on MSDN in late March, with a public availability on April 1st as a free update - similar to how Windows 8.1 was for Windows 8. Keep in mind that this Spring 2014 update for Windows 8.1 is not considered a "Service Pack."
According to the report, there will not be a "preview" version of the update, rather, we will just have to wait for the final release. Microsoft's BUILD Developer conference is set to take place April 2nd, so it makes perfect sense to see a release during that time.
The report also states that a wider distribution may take place after January 14th, which means more people might be able to get their hands on the pre-release build of the update. For now, we are left with a screenshots of the update. Not much else is known about this build and what features or fixes it contains.
The guys over at Neowin are showcasing two more screenshots of the build, which don't really show much aside from a masked build string. You can take a look at these two screenshots below.
More on this as it develops.