Microsoft: Windows 8.1 will launch on October 18th

By on August 14, 2013, 8:58 AM
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Microsoft has announced that Windows 8.1 will begin rolling out to users worldwide on October 18th at 12am New Zealand time (4am PT on October 17). The update will hit retail channels a day later, with new devices running Windows 8.1 and boxed copies of the software expected to be available.

For everyone currently running Windows 8, Microsoft will be delivering Windows 8.1 as a free update through the Windows Store. As previously reported, the update brings a number of new features and improvements over Windows 8. The Start button will partially return, search and multi-tasking have been greatly enhanced, the Start screen has been improved including new customization options, and the OS has been optimized for smaller tablets.

Microsoft is expected to deliver final Release to Manufacturing (RTM) code to OEMs by the end of August, as recent reports have indicated. Unlike previous years, the RTM code will not be made available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers before the general launch in October. Instead, Microsoft is expected to work on several zero-day patches during the time between RTM and release, fixing minor issues discovered by OEMs.

In the lead up to the Windows 8.1 launch on October 18th, expect to see many new devices emerge from the shadows running the new OS. It's possible that we'll see Microsoft line-up the next-generation Surface launch with the release of Windows 8.1, marking the one year anniversary of both the original Surface RT and Windows 8. Other OEMs are also expected to show off smaller Windows-powered tablets, making use of Microsoft's small-screen optimizations.




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1 person liked this | JC713 JC713 said:

I cant believe it took them this long to add a tutorial.

Guest said:

No button, no money

lipe123 said:

Put the mudafkn start menu back for non-touch devices already!

Also "apps" belong on a cellphone get that junk off my computer!

Guest said:

"Unlike previous years, the RTM code will not be made available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers before the general launch in October".

Why bother subscribing? Thanks Microsoft, now you treat as EVERYONE as hackers/leakers.

Now I can't test the final release until the day the rest of world gets it. Well done

Maybe you should have just closed Edward Snowden's TechNet account.

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

No button, no money

There is a button, just not a menu.

Also, it's never coming back.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Also, it's never coming back.

Even if true, I wish you would STFU and quit saying that. The only way you would know for sure, is if you worked for MS. Are you trying to tell us something?

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Are you trying to tell us something?

Well, yes I am. I'm trying to tell you it's never coming back. LOL.

Also, lighten up.

Nobina Nobina said:

It's gonna sell at least better than Windows 8 cause everyone wants to get rid of 8. But it will never be as good as 7.

Guest said:

Bring back the pricing deals and I will buy 2

Railman said:

It's gonna sell at least better than Windows 8 cause everyone wants to get rid of 8. But it will never be as good as 7.

Sell better? I was under the impression that 8.1 is to be a free update. Do we know how MS will be packaging 8.1? Will they be selling 8.1 as a stand alone OS?

mailpup mailpup said:

Will they be selling 8.1 as a stand alone OS?
Probably. Just like Windows 7 is replaced by Windows 7 SP1. SP1 was a free update to the original Windows 7 but once released SP1 was included with Windows 7 copies manufactured afterwards.

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