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App developers furious at being forced to wait for Windows 8.1

by Doug Drinkwater

August 28 2013

Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 may now be shipping to PC, tablet and laptop makers, but app developers aren’t happy that they will be forced to wait until mid-October before they get their hands on the operating system update.

Microsoft’s Antoine Leblond detailed the availability on a blog post on Tuesday but, as PCWorld first noticed, the news promoted a backlash from Windows developers.

“How are we supposed to test our software for Windows 8.1? The day it will be automatically installed on users’ machines? So we—software developers—can take blame that applications don’t work on Windows 8.1?,” wrote one person.

Another developer agreed, stressing that the development community needs to get its hands on the update prior to consumers.

“Most of us actually want to support Windows 8.1, a lot of us want to get apps ready for the awesome 8.1 features, but we can’t properly do that unless we get the RTM bits before the public gets the Windows 8.1 update.”

Microsoft responded to the criticism by saying that there are still ways developers can test Windows 8.1 prior to release, namely by using the preview editions of Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 -- which is due to launch later this year.

Windows 8.1 is slated to start shipping on October 18.

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  • John Swain
    7 months 3 weeks ago

    Well, Microsoft, you really know how to insure that your product gets kicked around another calendar year.

    The likelihood of Win 8.1 apps reaching the public before 2014 is rather slim. Developers will miss the holiday sales season which typically starts the first week of November.

    I can already hear the Christmas cheer emanating out of the corporate offices at Apple and Google.

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