Microsoft has decided to change course, averting a potential disaster. It is going to give software developers access to Windows 8.1 before it’s released to the public.
The company had originally planned to make third-party developers wait until Oct. 17 to be able to test their apps with the latest version of this operating system. This would mean that people around the world would be installing Windows 8.1 before coders could check to see if there were any new issues with their applications.
Although Microsoft told the developers that they could use the preview version that was released in June for testing, they weren’t satisfied.
Now, the company has changed this plan. A post on its Blogging Windows site, “Based on the feedback from you and our partners, we’re pleased to announce that we will be making available our current Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro RTM builds (as well as Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM builds) to the developer and IT professional communities via MSDN and TechNet subscriptions.”
However, Windows RT 8.1 still won’t be available to developers until the public launch.