Microsoft seeds Windows 8.1 to manufacturers ahead of October 18th launch
We learned recently that the Windows 8.1 update will be pushed out to users through the Windows Store on October 17th, but it will be available on retail devices starting October 18th. Of course, in order to have the update preloaded on devices by then, Microsoft has put the finishing touches on the update, and has seeded it to developers.
We heard a couple days ago that Microsoft had "finished" Windows 8.1, and now Microsoft officially announced that it has started seeding Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 to manufacturers, so devices will be ready for the street date. Microsoft says that the update will bring a "greater unified experience" to users. We already know that 8.1 will bring back the Start Button, and offer users an option to boot straight to the desktop.
The update will bring IE 11, performance upgrades, and a number of other improvements. We're willing to bet that this means the update will be leaking soon enough, but more importantly, it should mean that we're going to hear about new Surface tablets, and other Windows tablets and hybrids in the near future.