Microsoft to roll out Windows 8.1 on 18 October

14 Aug 2013

The latest version of Microsoft’s operating system, Windows 8.1, will begin its worldwide rollout on 18 October as a free update for users on Windows 8 through the Windows Store.

Windows 8.1 will also be available at retail and on new devices starting on 18 October by market, the software giant said.

“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,” Microsoft said in its blog.

“And Windows 8.1 brings many improvements in areas like personalisation, 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. If you haven’t already, you can give many of the new features and improvements in Windows 8.1 a try with the Windows 8.1 Preview. Business customers can begin testing Windows 8.1 for deployment in their environments with the Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview.”

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic