Microsoft seeds Windows 8.1 to manufacturers ahead of October 18th launch

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.



1. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Boot to desktop, sans tiles? That changes things for me, to maybe to look at them then.

2. timezone

Posts: 87; Member since: Jun 16, 2013

All great news. The surface tablets are really sweet. If the next pro is thin with no fan then I'm in.

7. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Come on :p, the Surface Pro is already thin, with such great hardware on the go!

3. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

correction... it is not seeded to developers... only to oems if that were the case it would have been leaked already

4. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Yeah, but developers usually do get access through services like MSDN. If I recall, they did have Windows RTM versions up in the past on there right when it was released to OEMs.

6. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

i'm subcribed to technet... nothing here apparently they want us to wait until oct 17 avoiding leaks obviously the only leak i've seen is enterprise from china...

9. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Yeah, I didn't see it there yet either. Oh well, hopefully we do get early access there soon because I've been having at least one bug with the 8.1 Preview (related to SkyDrive syncing).

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

This is great news. Where are you Credo? Get ready to update your device. :) Greetz...

8. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Lol, i have to wait, i don't have an english device :)

10. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I will set My Windows 8.i Desktop to boot directly to the Desktop and have my modern UI tile start screen have the same wall paper as my desktop.. I use Modern UI tile apps so i will keep the modern UI start screen. in windows 8.1 you can replace it with the all apps search you alreddy have in windows 8. to completely save Windows 8.1 MS CEO mister Ballmer needs to order the MS Windows Team to create a Windows 8.1 Desktop SKEW which has no Modern UI tiles Start screen or tile store. this Windows 8.1 skew will look like and work like Windows 7. Millions upon millions of People are going to have to upgrade from their Windows "XP" OS. a lot of these Folks may not want to upgrade to Windows 8.1. I predict Windows 7 sales will jump to astronomical sales quantities .when Windows "XP" goes out MS support in a few months. The Windows 8.1 Desktop sckew i described above will net Microsoft multi millions of dollars

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