Microsoft has denied claims that it is to launch a major update to Windows 8.1 next week, stating categorically that the next Patch Tuesday will be a minor one.

Following the release of the mandatory Windows 8.1 Update 1 in April, press reports have claimed that Microsoft is planning a Windows 8.1 Update 2 release with numerous enhancements, changes and bug fixes. Similar in scope to the original Update 1, Update 2 was reported to be scheduled for the 12th of August - the second Tuesday of that month, Microsoft's typical Patch Tuesday date.

While there will be updates available next week, Microsoft has denied that they will include a major platform upgrade. 'Rather than waiting for months and bundling together a bunch of improvements into a larger update as we did for the Windows 8.1 Update, customers can expect that we’ll use our already existing monthly update process to deliver more frequent improvements along with the security updates normally provided as part of “Update Tuesday,”' claimed Microsoft's Brendon LeBlanc in a blog post published late last night. 'So despite rumors and speculation, we are not planning to deliver a Windows 8.1 “Update 2.”'

What the company will be releasing next week is a small batch of patches that add minor improvements and new functionality to the Windows 8.1 operating system. Most impressive among these is new application programming interfaces (API) for using Miracast under Wi-Fi Direct, allowing hardware vendors to develop drivers to turn laptops, desktops and even tablets into wireless display receivers. Another fix will boost the precision of the touchpad with new user-visible control options, while a third will reduce the number of login prompts federated users receive when accessing SharePoint Online.

These updates, plus the usual security patches, will be available through Windows Update on Tuesday the 12th of August.
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