Microsoft has officially confirmed that Windows 8.1 release date will be October 18th, and will be available via the Windows Store and on new PC's.

Today, Microsoft has confirmed the release date of first major update of Windows 8. Windows 8.1 will be coming on October 18 via the Windows Store as an absolutely free update for those who already have their PC running Windows 8.

At the same time, Windows 8.1 will also be available at retail stores and on new devices starting from October 18th, celebrating the first anniversary on October 26th. Additionally, The software giant hasn’t comment on retail pricing of Windows 8.1, so its not clear yet whether Microsoft will increase retail prices or not.

The Windows 8.1 update contains a number of improvements for both “Modern” Shell and Desktop interface. Some key features include more customization to Start screen, Start button, Internet Explorer 11, Windows Store 2.0, PowerShell 4.0 and new Modern apps such as Calculator, Alarm, Sound Recorder, Reading List, Food & Drink, Health & Fitness, and Movie Moments — a video editing app.

While the recently leaked pre-RTM build of Windows 8.1 has revealed a number of improvement over the preview version of Windows 8.1, including new communication app, slightly restyled Modern apps and some bug fixes. Therefore, we might see any major changes in the final version of Windows 8.1.

Moreover, some sources close to Microsoft has reported that Microsoft will be signing off RTM version coming August 23, and as promised by Microsoft, OEM partners will get the gold bits of Windows 8.1 later this month to test and ensure the perfect compatibility of drivers and software with the Windows 8.1 upgrade.

Source: Microsoft

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