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Windows 8.1 Release Date Confirmed By Microsoft
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Default Windows 8.1 Release Date Confirmed By Microsoft - 08-14-2013, 18:43 | posts: 13,769 | Location: USA

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Microsoft has just confirmed that its upcoming Windows 8.1 will begin rolling out on 17th October to consumers, which ties in nicely with previous reports. The update, which will hit the various markets across the world periodically over the course of the 24 hours thereafter, brings a whole host of small changes from Windows 8 that collectively make for a better overall user experience.

There’s no doubt that quite a few people were not expecting, were not ready, and do not like Windows 8. Microsoft had spent years building up an operating system, which, after a few, hit-and-miss releases, looked to have finally matured with Windows 7. However, in its hasted attempt to adapt to the fast-moving mobile game, Windows 8 was created with touch-based devices in mind, and of the majority still on desktop, quite a few were markedly unimpressed.To its credit, though, the software maker has sought to address some of the prominent issues in Windows 8, with the resulting release being Windows 8.1. It certainly helps, given the relatively strong backlash against Windows 8, that Microsoft has altered its release cycles to these somewhat incremental, annual updates, rather than the 4-5 year waiting periods we’ve seen in times passed. This has enabled Microsoft to quickly and efficiently make the necessary changes, while also generally improving stability and performance as a service pack would.

Naturally, the leap from a release named Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 makes the forthcoming version sound like a rebranded service pack, but with better usability, performance tweaks and an abundance of small-but-effective features added, the free upgrade should go down a lot better than the preceding version.With the 17th October confirmed as the worldwide release date, now we play the waiting game. Fall is, without fail, the biggest ****** in the tech calendar, and alongside Windows 8.1, we are also looking very much forward to seeing what kinds of new and exciting Windows 8.x devices some of the big vendors will be throwing out in the wake of next month’s IFA electronics show in Berlin, Germany.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated on any interesting news and rumors pertaining Windows 8.1, so stay tuned to our coverage here at Redmond Pie!
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Not much longer now.
   
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Default 08-14-2013, 18:46 | posts: 389 | Location: New York

Awesome. We get it for free I just hope I can do that clean install like how I can with my Windows 8 upgrade copy.
   
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Default 08-14-2013, 18:51 | posts: 13,769 | Location: USA

In case anyone was wondering

   
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Default 08-14-2013, 18:54 | posts: 4,183 | Location: Oakland, CA, US

Cool.


I'm gonna upgrade. I'm enjoying win8 on my laptop so far.
   
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Default 08-14-2013, 18:57 | posts: 2,019 | Location: Beyond the coast

Ah, i was hoping for late August..
   
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Default 08-14-2013, 19:03 | posts: 980 | Location: Austria

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Ah, i was hoping for late August..
me too or early september, windows 8 is absolutely great in terms of the kernel enhancements they made, going from Windows 7 non-UEFi to Windows 8 UEFI was a absolutely awesome experience in form of boot speed and overall snappiness, the only thing i thought of my Mainboard was actually that phrase after i was so stunned.

Is there actually somewhere listed what upgrades the 8.1 Kernel is getting?

   
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Ah, i was hoping for late August..
I think RTM is still set for this month, for OEMs, chances are it will appear online before October

MSDN / Technet should still get it earlier than October too
   
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Default 08-14-2013, 19:10 | posts: 4,610 | Location: Israel

shall i install 8 or wait for 8.1?
   
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shall i install 8 or wait for 8.1?
Depends what you're running now, and if you can wait until 8.1 arrives

Im running 8 with no problems
   
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Default 08-17-2013, 17:24 | posts: 1,019 | Location: Tiny Town in USA

What is the price for Windows 8.1 for people without Windows 8?
   
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Default 08-17-2013, 17:47 | posts: 9,963 | Location: Sweden

I'd imagine it will replace the base Windows 8 copies so it's probably priced the same, otherwise it's a free update very similar to a service pack.
(No need for normal W8 when 8.1 comes out since it fully replaces/updates it.)
   
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Default 08-17-2013, 18:34 | posts: 16,722 | Location: US East Coast

My HTPC will get Win8.1....my "gaming rig" will stick with Win8 because I hate the start button.


   
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Default 08-17-2013, 18:38 | posts: 13,769 | Location: USA

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What is the price for Windows 8.1 for people without Windows 8?
It wont work. You'll need Windows 8 installed before you can update.
   
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It wont work. You'll need Windows 8 installed before you can update.
Doesn't make much sense for MS to continue selling Windows8 and requiring people to download 8.1 after purchase. Would make more sense for MS to replace the retail/OEM Windows8 copies with Windows8.1 install discs.


   
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Default 08-17-2013, 19:31 | posts: 13,769 | Location: USA

But Microsoft isn't making much sense lately.
   
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Default 08-17-2013, 19:37 | posts: 7,511 | Location: 127.0.0.1

You can buy Windows 7 SP1 DVDs, I expect the same will be done with 8.1
   
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Just in time for bf4
   
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Default 08-17-2013, 20:09 | posts: 845

What's in it for Enterprises?

Can we customise the Start Screen without having to rollout a new 'appsfolder.itemdata-ms' everytime we change something on the Start Screen? Hopefully it will be more friendly to administer via Group Policy and Server 2008 than the current effort which is severely lacking unless you go through the hell of adding a Server 2012 box to your Domain and making it your Primary DC, FSMO and all just to get the full set of Group Policy items for Windows 8 and IE10.
   
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Default 08-17-2013, 23:53 | posts: 16,722 | Location: US East Coast

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But Microsoft isn't making much sense lately.
Ballmer should have been given the boot....but the board seems to like his method of responding to market trends a few years too late and then abandoning markets after implementing a piss-poor business plan.

Windows8 got a rather poor reception, which we're all well aware of. The problem is though, that MS is now bowing to those demanding the start button. The right way to solve the issues, would be to give everyone what they want.....not just 1 group or the other. For those determined to stay with a Windows7 style desktop, there should be an option presented during install to do so. For those of us that want the "Metro" start screen, there should be an option during install to do so. For those that want this bastardized combination, there should be an option during install to do so.... There's no reason at all that MS can't cater to all 3....



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