Windows 8.1 Update 1 leaks ahead of March release

Mark O'Beirne,

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

Microsoft's first update for Windows 8.1, which was scheduled to be released in March, has been leaked onto file-sharing websites.

A number of changes are included in this early build, such as a new title bar for Microsoft's Windows 8-style apps, which allows users to close, minimize, and snap apps side-by-side with a mouse; modifications to ensure an improved keyboard and mouse experience; and customization options for the Start Screen.

Users can now right click on Live Tiles to be given the option to resize, unpin, and alter tiles.

Other minor changes, such as a control panel link in the PC settings section and an option in the desktop taskbar to show Store apps in the taskbar, are also a feature of this update. No other major changes are being reported.

The version that was leaked was compiled on January 14th; Microsoft is expected to release the final version of Windows 8.1 Update 1 on March 11th, ahead of the company's Build developers conference in April.