Windows 8.1 now RTM, general availability expected October 17th

Windows 8.1 now RTM, general availability expected October 17th
Development of Windows 8.1 is complete, confirming what we knew would be a significant update to Microsoft’s operating system in time for the holidays this winter. While the “release to manufacturing” moniker does ring a bit of finality to it, this is by no means the end of the line for the OS. Development will continue until its general availability which is slated for October 17th.

Between now and then, Microsoft will issue a series of “quick fix engineering” (QFE) updates to the manufacturers while they are building their next batch of goodies.

This is the same formula that Microsoft has used in the past, most recently with the development of Windows 8 last year. To that end, Microsoft has also shown through consistent updates to its OS while it looks to “right the wrongs” (as perceived by some) of the flagship operating system. Those “wrongs” were even admitted somewhat by Windows Development VP Jon DeVaan in an internal memo stating that Windows 8.1 would be more reliable and have a “fighting chance” of being as reliable as Windows 7.

As for Windows RT 8.1, it appears that besides Microsoft developing a second generation Surface tablet, Nokia will be the only other manufacturer to bring Windows RT into the fold. Windows Phone 8.1 is currently on track to be on stage sometime in the first half of 2014 which should bring the experiences of Windows RT 8.1, Windows Phone and Xbox One more closely aligned.

We can expect a public announcement from Microsoft about Windows 8.1 being RTM sometime this week.

source: Windows IT Pro

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13 Comments

1. Jasonhunterx

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

Waiting for leak

2. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Glad to hear the 8.1 release is forth coming, and I hope Microsoft has finally learned from their mistakes. Not everybody has a touch-screen, and this is especially true for desktop machines: there should have been an option to leave the start button for those with traditional computers. However, for those with touch screens on their laptops, tablets, and smartphones, the Metro style UI is both intuitive and powerful. The heavy criticism of Windows 8 was largely baseless, and I have had no problem adjusting to the new GUI - those who cannot learn to adapt will be left behind by a new generation of Windows OS users.

3. gazmatic

Posts: 815; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

na... adapt or die lol its the law of the jungle many people dont remember how much xp was despised because of how different it was now you have diehard xp fanatics people dont like change... and thats bad... for them there is literally no problem using windows 8 with a mouse... with the touchpad maybe but I never used my touchpad anyway i have no idea where this rumor started that win8 cannot use mouse and keyboard... FUD if you ask me... people will come around... i have updated my entire family to win8 and they have no problems... it takes 5minutes max to learn

4. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Sorry but the start button was a critical feature of windows and it should be an option to turn it on/off. I don't mind the Metro just no start button kills it for a lot of people. (I am sure most people on this site including myself know how to disable the metro and get the start button back but most people that are not techy won't know anything.)

5. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

yo lay off the start menu cool aid, Start menu is mostly unnecessary for starting applications since the introduction of the superbar in Windows 7.

7. gazmatic

Posts: 815; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

why would you want it back? just press the win key and start typing or press the win key + q and start typing there is no benefit from the start menu

8. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

just a drag on the right side and you can see the shutdown button, how hard is that for a person who can compute 100 multiplied by 2? People really hate change. If you don't want change, then go install Linux and let's see who's the shiiiity one.

9. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

well a lot of people (sadly) a being forced to use this os because of 3rd party software and windows 8 is just plain unproductive. Please stop watching this os from an average joe guy stand, there is story of people hating change (just watch the iPhone back in 2007, it was a very bing change from the previous smartphones, no ?) it is just that the change of W8 are simple lame.

13. gazmatic

Posts: 815; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

riiiiiight..... there is no difference between win 7 and win8 except that win8 is faster, more stable and uses less ram win8 is win7 sp2 with a full screen start button win8 is the BEST windows yet... most people haven't actually used it long enough to realize that (5mins, 30mins tops) and nobody is forcing anybody to use linux linux was always an option and always will be... but it isnt ready for primetime... trust me... linux is for REAL power users that found windows in general limited i use kali linux for all of my h*****g but i would never think of using it as my daily driver... i love playing video games too much and wine is not up to the task

12. gazmatic

Posts: 815; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

its actually easier in 8.1 that I only realized it a couple weeks ago I pin a shortcut on my task bar for shutdown and restart but in 8.1 if you right click on the "start button" you have the option to go straight to desktop and all of the previous shutdown options are there i still prefer to use my short cuts its always surprising (rolls eyes unbelievable) when I hear people talk about how they are power users and computer wizes etc etc annd dont even know how to do basic things a real power user knows all the keyboard shortcuts and how to use cmd the good thing about windows is that it is CUSTOMIZABLE... you can change almost everything about it if you dont like something, CHANGE IT and a real power user would know how http://sdrv.ms/15J5e4v

6. jaxson983

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 11, 2013

I use windows 8 daily on a non touch screen pc with a touchpad ... no issues at all. Don't miss the start button either. The search function is so easy and so quick. Almost everything pops up within the first two key strokes.

11. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

I also wise windows 8 on my laptop... I don't miss the start button at all.

10. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

MS CEO Ballmer before he leaves should order the creation of a Windows 8.1 Desktop SKEW that has no Modern UI tiles at all to offer Windows customers who want it a Windows 7 type Desktop. CEO Ballmer would then leave Windows 8 operating system have something for everybody and no one could say windows 8 was a total failure. I will not get rid of my Modern UI aka metro screen when I get Windows 8.1 I will set it boot directly to the desktop and set it up to have the Desktop Wallpaper and the Modern UI screen have the same wallpaper. I am one of the Windows 8 users that uses those Modern UI tile apps so I will never go back to a desktop only Windows 7 type OS. that would mean I would go back to a less useful Windows Operating system..

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