Since the day of its early leaks and an unfinished Consumer Preview, Windows 8.1 has been at the center of spotlight for too many reasons. The Start button is back, users can now boot to desktop (goodbye Start Screen) and 4K resolution support out of the box. The Redmond based software giant has been lip-tight of sharing any details about its release date, but not anymore – as today Microsoft made an official announcement that Windows 8.1 (also previously known as Windows Blue) will roll out to users via the Windows Store update at 7 A.M. Eastern time on October 17 (that’s 12:00AM Oct. 18th in New Zealand).
The announcement came via Microsoft’s blog that cites Windows 8.1 release date as October 18, with the digital floodgates opening at midnight New Zealand time. The one size fits all OS will be released worldwide as a free update for consumers already using Windows 8 through the Windows Store app. Furthermore, Windows 8.1 will be available at retail and on new PCs and mobile devices starting on October 18th by market.
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. – Microsoft
If you’d been living under a rock for the past few months, Windows 8.1 promises to bring a wide array of changes to the table. Besides the ever wished Start button, the update will offer some interesting changes to the on-screen keyboard, Microsoft Outlook app for Windows RT, improved multitasking with option for stacking more than two windows and more. Just keep a tab on Tech Attend for our full-hands on Windows 8.1 review in the coming the weeks.