Microsoft has finished the initial development of Windows 8.1 and has released it to the companies that will be producing tablets, laptops, and desktops running it.
The operating system is going to be released to the U.S. public on September 17 for consumers who already have a device running Windows 8. This will be a free update download from the Windows Store.
Devices running Windows 8.1 will start to appear on Sept. 18, but Microsoft warned consumers that not every device running this new version is going to launch on that date. In the company’s words, these will debut “over the next several months” and “later this fall – just in time for the holidays.”
More About Windows 8.1
This new version will contain a number of modifications to Windows 8 that users and hardware makers have asked for. Perhaps the most notable of these are the return of the Start Button and the ability to boot straight to the Desktop, but there are other changes as well.
Windows 8.1 will be for x86 systems, while Windows RT 8.1 will be for tablets with ARM processors. The latter version is getting some new features to make it more appealing to business users, like a version of Outlook.
Source: Blogging Windows