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Mark your calendars for Windows 8.1!

I know a lot of folks are eager to find out when they will be able to get Windows 8.1. I am excited to share that starting at 12:00am on October 18th in New Zealand (that’s 4:00am October 17th in Redmond), Windows 8.1 will begin rolling out worldwide as a free update for consumers on Windows 8 through the Windows Store. Windows 8.1 will also be available at retail and on new devices starting on October 18th by market. So mark your calendars!



Windows 8.1 continues the vision we began with Windows 8 and is an example of our commitment to continuous innovation and improvement for our customers. And Windows 8.1 brings many improvements in areas like personalization, Internet Explorer 11, search which is powered by Bing, built-in apps including a few new ones, an improved Windows Store experience, and cloud connectivity with SkyDrive (and much more) that people will enjoy. If you haven’t already, you can give many of the new features and improvements in Windows 8.1 a try with the Windows 8.1 Preview. Business customers can begin testing Windows 8.1 for deployment in their environments with the Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview.

Now is a great time to buy a Windows 8 device in a range of different form factors like Microsoft Surface, the Acer Iconia W3, the Lenovo Yoga 11s, the Toshiba KIRAbook or the Dell XPS 18 . For students going back to school, we have Windows Chip-in which is a crowdsourcing program to help students and parents purchase a new Windows device for school. And the Windows Store Only at Best Buy store-within-a-store experiences will be launching throughout August and September, just in time for the back-to-school shopping season to check out all the latest Windows devices! If you buy a Windows 8 device today, you can look forward to the new features and improvements from Windows 8.1 in October.

It’s very exciting to be delivering Windows 8.1 to consumers just before Windows 8 celebrates its 1-year anniversary. You can expect to read more from us on Windows 8.1 leading up to availability on October 18th
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Mr Sardonicus

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2 months.....not bad. :thumbsup:
 

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I've expected that date to be a bit sooner but yeah, not bad. :)
 

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HippsieGypsie

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Cranking it out sooner than I thought. :)
 

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it's great we know date now cant wail roll on 18th october
 

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Superfly

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Just a pity MSDN/Technet subscribers have been shunned for an early release:cry:.. but hopefully that will change :think:
 

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Why do my machines just got 8 update? Counter productive if 8.1 is here in 2 months?

Because it's patch Tuesday. Why would Microsoft leave you vulnerable with your current systems just because there will be an updated OS in a few months.
 

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So how long after the release do you figure that the Windows 8.1 Preview will be functional?

Hello Casey,

Windows 8.1 Preview expires on January 15th 2014. :)
 

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Just a pity MSDN/Technet subscribers have been shunned for an early release:cry:.. but hopefully that will change :think:

Rumors are that 8.1 will RTM this month but with a number of bugs still and MS wants more time to clean it up before GA.

Jim :cool:
 

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For students going back to school, we have Windows Chip-in which is a crowdsourcing program to help students and parents purchase a new Windows device for school. And the Windows Store Only at Best Buy store-within-a-store experiences will be launching throughout August and September, just in time for the back-to-school shopping season to check out all the latest Windows devices! If you buy a Windows 8 device today, you can look forward to the new features and improvements from Windows 8.1 in October.

It’s very exciting to be delivering Windows 8.1 to consumers just before Windows 8 celebrates its 1-year anniversary. You can expect to read more from us on Windows 8.1 leading up to availability on October 18th!

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Careful there Shawn, some may accuse you of pushing an unholy OS :D

Anyway that's good news. Guess that's when I'll be reinstalling my Win 8 copies.
 

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The comments are worth a read too, especially those from Brandon LeBlanc.

For instance:
Brandon LeBlanc said:
we haven't announced RTM today. This announcement is just for general availability. We also haven't made any new announcements for TechNet subscribers.
Which I think is interesting because it doesn't say Technet subscribers won't get an early copy; it just says they haven't said anything about Technet folk.

Brandon LeBlanc said:
Consumers will only be able to get Windows 8.1 for free through the Windows Store. ISO images won’t be made available broadly for consumers. For most consumers, the Windows Store is the easiest and most efficient route for updating a Windows 8 device to Windows 8.1. ... installing Windows 8.1 through the Windows Store even on slow connections should work.
 

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Just a pity MSDN/Technet subscribers have been shunned for an early release:cry:.. but hopefully that will change :think:

Rumors are that 8.1 will RTM this month but with a number of bugs still and MS wants more time to clean it up before GA.

Jim :cool:

Why would they release a buggy RTM to OEM's?...I suspect they just want confirmation from the vendors (drivers etc) before "going gold" and releasing on MSDN. GA only relates to commercialization activities.
 

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Really looking forward to Windows 8.1. I love what they have done, especially stopping all newly installed applications being plonked on the main metro window. Great job Microsoft!
 

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Did they ever say, definitively, whether the people on preview will have to re-install?

You do not have to reinstall, but you do have to reinstall your apps. Still the same story as when the preview came out. This is repeated in the comments section of the linked article
 

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I was so ready to do a clean install of 8.1 at then end of this month...so the agony of waiting continues.
 

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I was so ready to do a clean install of 8.1 at then end of this month...so the agony of waiting continues.

Same here. Will finally go to a SSD and wanted a clean install of 8.1. With no ISO available without TechNet or MSDN it looks like a clean install of 8 and then an upgrade to 8.1 is in my future. I have about 90 updates to 8 and hope there will be a way to updated to 8.1 without doing all those 90 updates first. Hopefully that procedure will be clearer when 8.1 is released.

Jim :cry:
 

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I was so ready to do a clean install of 8.1 at then end of this month...so the agony of waiting continues.

Same here. Will finally go to a SSD and wanted a clean install of 8.1. With no ISO available without TechNet or MSDN it looks like a clean install of 8 and then an upgrade to 8.1 is in my future. I have about 90 updates to 8 and hope there will be a way to updated to 8.1 without doing all those 90 updates first. Hopefully that procedure will be clearer when 8.1 is released.

Jim :cry:


I couldn't agree more...it's so confusing right now with all the speculation of how it will work.
 

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