Windows 8.1 will be finished by August

8 Jul 2013
Windows 8.1

Microsoft reveals Windows 8.1 will be finalised by the end of next month

Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 8.1 will be finished by the end of August.

The code will be finalised and passed to PC manufacturers by "late August", according to CFO Tami Reller, speaking at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference.

"This means OEMs will be able to get the RTM bits and begin preparing devices with Windows 8.1 just in time for the holidays," noted Microsoft communications manager Brandon LeBlanc in a post on the Windows blog, adding: "We’ll have more details to share in the coming months for consumers and other customers on how to get Windows 8.1."

Microsoft hasn't yet said when the final version of Windows 8.1 will be made available to Windows 8 users, but it was widely expected arrive in early autumn.

Microsoft has already released a preview of the OS update, highlighting new features such as support for compact tablets, a revamped search system, and the return of the Start button.

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