Read more at: Windows 8.1 RTM: What's new, what's next? | ZDNetAfter initially saying it was planning to keep Windows 8.1 under wraps until its General Availability date in mid-October, Microsoft reversed course this week and put the RTM bits on MSDN and TechNet, so that developers and IT pros can begin working with the update in advance of the public.
Itís a welcome move by Microsoft, even if one wonders why they didnít do this in the first place. Weíre in uncharted territory with Windows 8.1, an update that is the first in Microsoftís new rapid-release cadence, so I guess itís possible to expect some confusion during the process.
Iíve been busy installing the Windows 8.1 RTM code on a variety of machines here today. Because this release is explicitly designed for testing and not for public availability, I donít plan to review it yet. Instead, I want to use this post to answer some questions that early adopters, developers, and IT testers are likely to have.
- Whatís available now?
- Whereís Windows 8.1 Enterprise?
- Whereís Windows 8.1 RT?
- What can I do with the Windows 8.1 installer package?
- What does RTM mean?
- Do I need a product key?
- Can I upgrade from the Windows 8 Preview?
- Whatís new in Windows 8.1?