Windows 8.1 Update Required to Receive Future Updates
Microsoft has just pushed out its latest update to Windows 8.1, known as Windows 8.1 Update. The new update allows the latest version of Windows to be friendlier for those that use a mouse and keyboard, which are generally found on devices that do not feature a touchscreen. Devices that are not purely touch based will find that Windows 8.1 Update will boot directly to the desktop and also makes the transition from the desktop to the Metro style interface a bit more intuitive.
An important part of the update rolling out however is that Microsoft will not make any updates for Windows 8.1 available to those who are not running Windows 8.1 Update. This means that potential security flaws will go unpatched for users who do not have automatic updates selected, or manually choose to install Windows 8.1 Update. Users who have never installed Windows 8.1 and are still running Windows 8 will still be able to receive updates through Windows Update.
Users who want to install Windows 8.1 Update immediately can do so through the control panel, while those who are not so eager to install the update will receive it as part of a roll out that will occur in a throttled manner.