Launch date for Windows 8.1 revealed, 17 October
Windows 8.1 is almost ready for its official release in Q4. The company has completed the main stage of the development process of the platform and now is ready to go through the next stage of testing before it is ready for the users – the so called RTM (Release To Manufacturing). It will be the first version of the OS that might need final improvements and bug fixes before it is officially released.
The company will be working on the new OS until the last day before the big event. We have seen this approach by Microsoft before. It will launch several so called QFE – quick fix engineering updates (similar to beta for iOS) to improve the functionality, the user experience and the performance of the platform before it becomes available for users.
Similar to what Microsoft did with the previous version Windows 8, it is expected that the company will launch series of updates. They will be released at regular bases to fix each issue that will be reported by developers. The company has even shared with the vast audience some of the issues that will be fixed.
The expectations for the Windows 8.1 are sky high. The Windows Development VP, Jon DeVan promises in a memo that the new update will be even more reliable and successful than the popular Windows 7 version.
Now we finally have a launch date for the newest version of the Microsoft’s platform – 17th of October. Those of you who are wondering what will happen with Windows RT 8.1, for now rumors say that only Nokia will integrate the operating system in one of its upcoming tablets. Microsoft is still working on Windows Phone 8.1 update. The expectations for the launching of the mobile OS are for the beginning of the next year.
Windows users can look forward to the next week when the Windows 8.1 RTM will be launched. As we mentioned before, it will just put the beginning of the final stage of the completing of Windows 8.1, so users might still experience bugs and issues. With each next QFE, the problems should be decreasing until the official launch date of 17th of October.
Source: Windows IT Pro