Microsoft Windows 8.1 Will Launch October 17: It’s Official

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Microsoft has decided to stop being cagy about the release date for Windows 8.1. The company has just revealed exactly when the updated version of its operating system for tablets and PCs will be available to the public.

It will appear on the Windows Store website at 7:00 am Eastern Time on October 17 (4:00 am in Redmond), and Windows 8.1 will also be available at retail and on new devices starting on October 18.

Microsoft Windows 8.1This will be a free update as a download from the Windows Store for consumers who already have a device running Windows 8.

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.

Microsoft is going to release Windows 8.1 for x86 systems, as well as Windows RT 8.1 for tablets with ARM processors.

Upgrades will be available at no charge. Those who want a sneak peek at the new version should visit the Windows 8.1 Preview page on Microsoft’s website.


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