Windows 8.1 will launch on October 18th, available a day earlier on Windows Store

Microsoft continues to finalize its Windows 8.1 update, but the company revealed today that it plans to make it available on October 18th. The free update will be listed in the Windows Store for existing Windows 8 users at 8AM ET on October 17th, with boxed copies, new hardware, and a full retail release on October 18th. The final copy of Windows 8, known as Release to Manufacturing (RTM), is expected to be made available to PC makers and partners in the coming weeks. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans previously revealed to The Verge that Microsoft plans to update and patch Windows 8.1 in the weeks leading up to the October release.

Windows 8.1 includes a number of improvements over the Windows 8 release. Microsoft is bringing the…

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