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Windows 8.1 will be finished by August

Windows 8.1

By Nicole Kobie

Posted on 8 Jul 2013 at 16:45

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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User comments

When are the holidays?

It's really irritating when American companies say things will be ready by "the holidays". It's entirely meaningless. I'm just about to go on my holidays, so is it ready then?

By DJ2003 on 9 Jul 2013

Be careful, very, very careful

Having up(?)graded to Windows 8 I deleted my Ubuntu partition. This had all the grub2 configuration files in it. Windows 8 had no way to restore boot files. In the end I restored Lubuntu just to get a working bootloader. Fortunately it's on an older non-critical laptop.

By siskris2 on 11 Jul 2013

No Better than Windows 8.0

From what I've heard of the 8.1 release it's not going to be much better than 8.0.

I hear it has a "Start" button but no menu attched. What's the point?

I accept this could change by the time 8.1 is officially realeased. Microsoft would be wise to provide what the users actually want if they want to survive many more years. Just providing a part of what users want and then making it's function worthless is going to make more people hate Microsoft than already do.

By shrek59 on 11 Jul 2013

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