Microsoft has started distributing Windows Updates to its recently released Windows 8 Developer Preview.
Some fix input text issues whilst others address application hangs and crashes when Metro apps are suspended. One update, KB2616676, revokes the trust of the DigiNotar root certificates, ones that were used in a recent spoof attack on several web properties in Iran. Microsoft has also addressed a blue screen crash when users attempt to install the Windows Phone 7.1 SDK Release Candidate on Windows 8. The updates modify the build tag of Windows 8 developer preview from 8102.101.winmain_win8m3.110830 to 8102.109.winmain_win8m3.110912 (thanks to @floo1989 for pointing that out).
Microsoft has promised to release updates to address performance and functionality in the Windows 8 developer preview but it’s not clear whether the company will be providing updates large enough to provide increased functionality. Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live division at Microsoft, revealed earlier this week that the company’s schedule for Windows 8 development is identical to Windows 7. Microsoft will release a Windows 8 beta next, followed by a Release Candidate and then RTM and general availability. The company is expected to deliver the Windows 8 beta at CES 2012.