Windows 8.1 to ship on 8/1, according to Paul Thurrott

By on June 11, 2013, 2:30 PM

Long-time industry insider Paul Thurrott has indicated the shipment date for Windows 8.1 (formerly Windows Blue) will be August 1 -- or more cleverly put: 8/1. Thurrots date defies previous rumors of a later launch thought to possibly be sometime in October.

At first glance, the tweet may seem a bit tongue-in-cheek. However, when a follower chose to contend the purported shipment date, Thurrott issued a reply which lent more weight to his original tweet.

Although not infallible, Thurrott has a solid track record when it comes to rumors -- particularly ones from Microsoft -- thanks to his variety of inside sources and industry connections.

Interestingly though, Microsoft recently confirmed it would be releasing its 8.1 public preview during an annual conference slated for June 26 through 28. As these types of releases are typically unfinished products, Thurrott's purported ship date would leave Microsoft with a nearly one-month lapse between preview and retail -- that's an uncharacteristically small amount of time for the company to give itself to iron out any remaining kinks.

So far, we know that Windows 8.1 is a free upgrade aimed at improving the Windows 8 user experience, particularly the Metro / Modern UI areas of the OS. The update will feature the return of the Start button (but not menu), better Start Screen searching and customization, access to most system settings without leaving to the desktop, enhanced apps and Internet Explorer 11.




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Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

Windows 8.1 will be free and won't change any key functionality, rather it's meant to be a cosmetic and usability patch so August sounds quite feasible.

With that in mind, the sooner the better for them since Windows 8 is bleeding and some of the improvements they have showed thus far appear to do well in addressing some (but not all) concerns about Metro and the desktop coexistence. Looking at the showcase video, the wallpaper thing when you switch from the desktop to Metro (and viceversa) makes the transition much more fluid. I believe they are also improving Metro Start for mouse operation, and finally are fixing search. So definitely looking forward to it (until then I'll keep using Start8).

JC713 JC713 said:

Makes sense.

Guest said:

It will still be a piece of garbage and what I thought was a horrible UI looks even worse now!

VitalyT VitalyT said:

Just 1 month between the first public preview and the final release - sounds quite improbable. It would be way out of Microsoft's approach to QA. That's why I doubt it...

VitalyT VitalyT said:

So definitely looking forward to it (until then I'll keep using Start8).
Windows 8.1 offers no good alternative to Start8 to consider removing it, you will be just as handicapped without it.

treeski treeski said:

Windows 8.1 offers no good alternative to Start8 to consider removing it, you will be just as handicapped without it.

Obviously that depends on what exactly you're getting out of Start8. Not everyone uses it for the start menu.

VitalyT VitalyT said:

Obviously that depends on what exactly you're getting out of Start8. Not everyone uses it for the start menu.
Start8 is a Start Menu product, that's its purpose.

VitalyT VitalyT said:

As a power user, what does the start menu offer that you can't access easily even more so on Windows 8.
Immediate access to the complete software catalogue is what needed in order to remain a power user, as opposed to becoming an OS surfer and waste time...

tw0rld tw0rld said:

Let me hear the start menu babies cry!

I want the start menuuuuuuu............waaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

Do your job and stop crying.

1 person liked this | tw0rld tw0rld said:

As a power user, what does the start menu offer that you can't access easily even more so on Windows 8.
Immediate access to the complete software catalogue is what needed in order to remain a power user, as opposed to becoming an OS surfer and waste time...

The start menu does not give you immediate access to anything not available in windows 8. if you want immediate access as a power user, user the run box. Everthing you use as a power user you can access faster from there. eg win key + r then appwiz.cpl. That is a lot faster than anything you can do with the start menu.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Win 8 haters
Win 8 Brown Noser! WOW, I love this game. Lets throw a couple more names back and forth.

tw0rld tw0rld said:

Win 8 haters
Win 8 Brown Noser! WOW, I love this game. Lets throw a couple more names back and forth.

More out of frustration than anything. I hate reading complaint from people because they don't get what they want. Win 8 is not perfect, but most complainers never even tried it. Operative word is "most".

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Operative word is "most".
Which includes myself.

VitalyT VitalyT said:

Yeah, right, listen to your drill sergeant now, he will tell you all you need to know about Windows 8, starting with the hot-key for push-ups.

What a joker...

treeski treeski said:

Start8 is a Start Menu product, that's its purpose.

That's one of its purposes. Some people might not have any issue with the start screen, but just want boot to desktop.

VitalyT VitalyT said:

That's one of its purposes. Some people might not have any issue with the start screen, but just want boot to desktop.
Probably bought by the same people who then use their laptop for illuminating the room in the evening, just damn efficient

treeski treeski said:

Probably bought by the same people who then use their laptop for illuminating the room in the evening, just damn efficient

I don't see how that's the same thing, at all. They're installing a product and not using all of its features. Don't people do that all the time?

tw0rld tw0rld said:

Yeah, right, listen to your drill sergeant now, he will tell you all you need to know about Windows 8, starting with the hot-key for push-ups.

What a joker...

Says the baby! Bet you are still running win 95!

2 people like this | cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Says the baby! Bet you are still running win 95!

Contrasting statements. The farther one goes back in time the older they must be. Calling one a baby in this instance, is using the wrong end of the time scale.

2 people like this | VitalyT VitalyT said:

Contrasting statements. The farther one goes back in time the older they must be. Calling one a baby in this instance, is using the wrong end of the time scale.
Evidently, arguing to tw0rld is like peeing in his pants, everyone sees it but only he feels the warmth...

tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

They should call it Windows 9 since Windows 8 not doing so well. Wonder if they got rid of adware bloatware in tile apps.

1 person liked this | psycros psycros said:

Windows 8.1 will be free and won't change any key functionality, rather it's meant to be a cosmetic and usability patch so August sounds quite feasible.

With that in mind, the sooner the better for them since Windows 8 is bleeding and some of the improvements they have showed thus far appear to do well in addressing some (but not all) concerns about Metro and the desktop coexistence. Looking at the showcase video, the wallpaper thing when you switch from the desktop to Metro (and viceversa) makes the transition much more fluid. I believe they are also improving Metro Start for mouse operation, and finally are fixing search. So definitely looking forward to it (until then I'll keep using Start8).

Still no start menu? Still no way to disable the ribbon and other terrible "features"? Still no interest from the vast majority of users. If the morons running Microsoft want to kill the company, I say let em'. Somebody will happily take their place - maybe somebody who won't try turning the PC into a phone.

Guest said:

January 8th 2014? Got it! (y)

Guest said:

Classic Shell offers a start button with the options to set the boot up to go directly to the desktop.

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