Microsoft Confirms Windows 8.1 Release Date As October 17th [Final]

Before shipping the Windows 8 update to users, Microsoft makes a few testings near-final versions of Windows 8.1, but the Redmond software maker won’t be releasing the final update publicly until October. Confirmed by Microsoft that the Windows 8.1 release date is all set on October 18th and the final version of 8.1 update will be available as OEMs.

For you kind information, Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 will be available for those already running Windows 8 and it will be rolling out starting at 12:00am on October 18th in New Zealand (arrox 4:00 AM Oct 17th in Redmond) and will be launched world wide as a free update for consumers on Windows 8 through the Windows Store.

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The Windows 8.1 version will be made available “at retail and on new devices” from the 18th onwards, depending on your region starting on October 18th by market.

Windows 8.1 continues the vision we began with Windows 8 and is an example of our commitment to continuous innovation and improvement for our customers. And Windows 8.1 brings many improvements in areas like personalization, Internet Explorer 11, search which is powered by Bing, built-in apps including a few new ones, an improved Windows Store experience, and cloud connectivity with SkyDrive (and much more) that people will enjoy.

If you haven’t already, you can give many of the new features and improvements in Windows 8.1 a try with the Windows 8.1 Preview. Business customers can begin testing Windows 8.1 for deployment in their environments with the Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview.

It’s also claimed that the software maker will finalize, or Release To Manufacturing (RTM), Windows 8.1, but the update will not be pushed out to existing machines until October. Told that it will be released alongside new hardware from partners, including 7-and 8-inch devices.

Clarified that the RTM to release will also allow Microsoft to continue supplying fixes and patches ready for the General Availability in October. Windows 8.1 reportedly includes a number of multitasking abilities, new smaller Live Tiles, and a built-in Bing-powered search engine, IE 10 and performance improvements as well.

The Windows 8.1 update will be made available around 12 months after Windows 8 first debuted in October last year. Download and installation will be so simple, as you can easily make it on your Windows 8 to 8.1 PC.