Microsoft just officially announced Windows 8.1 will be available on October 17th. Will you be upgrading?

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Shortly after news broke that Windows 8.1 would be out sometime in October, Microsoft has decided to give us the official word. Windows 8.1 will be officially available on October 17th.

If you already own Windows 8, you’ll be receiving Windows 8.1 as a free update from the Windows Store on the 17th. If you’re looking to purchase it at retail or on a new device, you’ll have to wait until a day later on the 18th.

Alongside its announcement of a release date, Microsoft made sure to remind us about the new features that will come as part of Windows 8.1:

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.

When Windows 8.1 hits this October, it’ll be just shy of a year since Windows 8′s been in the market — perhaps a sign that annual updates like 8.1 are indeed Microsoft’s plan for its desktop OS.

Will you be picking up Windows 8, or 8.1 when its released this October? Why or why not? Share with us in the comments below!

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7 comments

  1. vandamme

    [@Darcy] What a great business model! Make a crap product, then sell people the previous model. They probably never thought that’s the way it would work.

    If they were smart (fallacious assumption), they’d charge a maintenance fee for XP updates past EOL next year.

    Hey, if you like that win7 or XP look, you can upgrade to Zorin, and you can pay for the premium version if it makes you feel better.

  2. Darcy

    On my brand new laptop, which arrived today, I paid to “upgrade” from Windows 8 to Windows 7. They will have to seriously fix windows 8 before I even consider the possibility of thinking about maybe contemplating trying Windows 8.

  3. Lorias

    I’ve had a laptop with Windows 8 for a short time and was not happy with it so I got rid of it. Upgrading does not interest me. A computer, just like a new car should work fine from the beginning. I intend to wait until Christmas time when they’ll sell computers with the new Win 8.1
    OS ” factory installed “. Wait and see.
    Lorias – (Antwerp-Belgium)

  4. vandamme

    Yes, I’ll be upgrading to Mint Petra (16), about the end of November. Unless I want to give Ubuntu another try in October (13.10). Or, maybe I’ll finally master Bodhi because it’s cool.