Windows 8.1 coming in October

Microsoft are currently testing near-final versions of Windows 8.1

Microsoft are currently testing near-final versions of Windows 8.1, but the company won’t release the final update publicly until October.

According to sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans, the software maker will finalize, or Release to Manufacturing (RTM), Windows 8.1, but the update will not be pushed out to existing machines until October.

Windows 8.1 includes a number of multitasking improvements, new smaller Live Tiles, and a built-in Bing search engine. A near-final version of the update leaked to the internet recently, offering a closer look at the changes between Preview and RTM. Microsoft is adding some tutorials and Windows Phone-like menus to ease complaints over the usability of the operating system. The Windows 8.1 update will be made available around 12 months after Windows 8 first debuted in October last year.

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