facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Microsoft confirms October release date for Windows 8.1

Aug. 14, 2013 at 7:05 PM   |   Comments

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Microsoft has announced its Windows 8.1 update, intended to address users' criticisms of Windows 8, will hit the Windows Store for download Oct. 17.

The download will be available as a free update for users of Windows 8.

The full-blown retail launch with boxed discs will be on the following day, The Verge reported Wednesday.

Microsoft's manufacturing partners are expected to receive the final version of 8.1 by the end of August, giving them time to have it available on their hardware by the date of the launch, PC World reported.

Windows 8.1 is seen as an attempt to mollify desktop diehards who have expressed deep dislike of the new-look modern user interface, geared toward touchscreens and mobile devices.

Windows 8.1 will let them bypass the UI and boot directly to the desktop.

Microsoft has said Windows 8.1 represents a significant update with new features and apps.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
Proposed Texas textbooks teach climate change skepticism Proposed Texas textbooks teach climate change skepticism
2
Boeing may build NASA's space taxi Boeing may build NASA's space taxi
3
Humpback whale rescued off Maine coast Humpback whale rescued off Maine coast
4
The NSA will now map out the entire Internet The NSA will now map out the entire Internet
5
Brazil to build giant observation tower above Amazon Brazil to build giant observation tower above Amazon
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback