Windows 8.1 will push out on October 17th

Windows 8.1 will push out on October 17th
If you've been waiting patiently for the Windows Blue (aka Windows 8.1) update to come to your Windows 8 tablet, you still have a bit of a wait ahead of you, but at least there is a date to circle on your calendar for when to expect the update to be released. Microsoft has announced that Windows 8.1 will push out on October 17th.

The software update will be pushed out worldwide through the Windows Store starting at 7AM EST on October 17th. The update will be released to manufacturers on October 18th and should begin shipping on new devices then. 

There are a number of changes coming to Windows 8.1 including the return of the Start menu button. There will also be options to boot straight to the desktop mode if that is your preference, better search options, more customization, and a brand new Windows Store app. 

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21 Comments

1. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

If 8.1 is blue... Then does that mean that windows phone blue will be released sometime around that date as well? Is it even close to ready?

12. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

I hope it brings fixes, to the "BSOD" .. LOL

2. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 247; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

I'm so glad I don't have to wait for this update, because I have Android.

5. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

Good for you then, Enjoy the lag, & the wait for Android KLP. Oh, wait, maybe you havent got the 4.3 yet.

11. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

keep telling urself that

8. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

good u dont have a desktop or laptop maybe a macbook thing android dont run on x86 cuz that what article about

13. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

this is windows 8.... for the computer not..... why do i even bother

16. Dastrix unregistered

Cool story bro.

3. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

FFS why so slow MS

4. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

lol .... After installing Windows 8 Pro on my desktop (legitimate licensed Copy I assure you), I actually told friends that in no way was this iteration for the average user. Meaning that, Windows users previously on either Windows XP or Windows 7 would probably have head explosions trying to figure out the new interface and overhaul in general. I realize that this is an article on Windows 8 Tablet iteration update but, it only reaffirms my beliefs: Microsoft screwed up with the average Joe and Jane as, I can literally see users having conniption fits over trying to figure out just the basics. For the record, I'm beginning to really like Windows 8 [HATE THE DREADED TILES, THOUGH] and have been able to customize; I just hope I don't encounter hardware and software fiascos like I did with Vista. So far I've been able to install Corel VideoStudio X6, Pinnacle 16 Ultimate and Xilisoft onto my 64-bit Win8Pro. Over the weekend, I'll test Adobe CS6 MC and maybe Nero 12 Platinum. And, again, Windows 8 is NOT for the light-hearted or anyone who had the slightest of issue techically with either XP or 7. There should be a Windows 8 Lite for Dummies and it should be called, "Windows 8 Lite for Dummies"!

6. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

That's the problem with "average" people, not even trying to learn. My sister could learn almost everything in 3 days, even though she is not even close to a computer and phone geek as i am. As usual, blaming others instead of yourself.

9. apocalypsebc

Posts: 148; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

I agree with you on the "average" Joe and Jane people who don't try to learn. Its sad but if they choose to be left behind then that's their problem. The new generation has no problem using the new technology of today and not yesterday. I have no problems with my Windows Phone and Windows 8 Pro with Media Center PC that I built. I love the animated live tiles and smoothness of the OS. Thank God for choice and Education.

7. AwesomestMaximuss

Posts: 148; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Yeah i agree...it may b difficult for the average users..and the tiles suck..and the new interface may b good for touch devices but it looks like an unfinished product when using with a mouse and keyboard...but desktop mode is just like win 7..install something like Pokki(yeah weird name) and u ll rarely even know that u hv win 8 on ur system..i woudnt hv updated as its totally not worth but i wanted the new direct x as i bought a new card.. i believe MS is almost perfect at making desktop/laptop os...its the phone os where they suck..so they should stick with the desktops and try to make it even better by taking advantage of the new tech..like they can make a slightly different modified os for systems with heavier specs..

15. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

that is called speak for yourself nobody expects to use their phone as a server or workstation so the spec war on android is pointless the only thing on mobile phones that should receive regular updates are gpu and batteryB remember that wp runs smooth on single core people want a phone for calls, text, video, music and games having twelve cores and 4gb of ram doesnt improve the basic needs of a phone what most phone users want when surveyed are 1. better battery life and 2. smooth performance again 4k screens, xeon processors and 32gb of ram dont provide that

17. Dastrix unregistered

Good point gazmatic. You're totally right. I actually never looked at the spec war this way. It's indeed pointless; better specs do not mean better phone. An efficient use of resorces is more important. There are so many other factors to consider, and like you said, these are the ones that matter the most to people. Very well said.

20. AwesomestMaximuss

Posts: 148; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Erm.. were u replying to me??i never said anything about the specs of a phone..i was talking about how MS can make their desktop os evn better than it already is.. And btw spec race on android doesnt only focus on better processors but better gpu too...like the upcoming exynos 5420..WP lacks on both.. AND better processor and more ram does pave the way for better apps..better specs=better apps.. native stuff runs smooth on wp but i hv seen the time it takes to open some of the "heavy" apps(not that wp has many).. like i said earlier MS is the best at desktop os..but nothing special at mobile ones..evn symbian was somewhat same imo..

21. BooBooooooo

Posts: 57; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

But softwares are being more heavier and some people need higher hardware specs. for example, i'm using my phone as a emulator of engineering calculator. It takes over one minute to calculate a little complex calculation. It is not enough for me

10. rossumentum

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Will the upcoming samsung ativ q tablet have this installed on it?

14. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

wait for the eventual leak before that but since it is a FREE update.... i still dont want to wait....

18. scumbledEGG unregistered

OCTOBER 17TH??? COOL!!! I KNEW IT!!! CAN'T WAIT FOR LONG! HAPPY BIRTHDAY BILL GATES!!!!

19. BooBooooooo

Posts: 57; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

Win8's touch interface is pretty good but...um... ms have to try to make it better...not enough yet

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