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Microsoft confirms Windows 8.1 will launch on October 18

by Doug Drinkwater

August 14 2013

Windows 8.1 will be a free update to existing Windows 8 users
Windows 8.1 will be a free update to existing Windows 8 users

Microsoft has revealed that the Windows 8.1 will come to the general public on October 18, with existing Windows 8 users able to download the free update from Windows Store at 7AM ET the day before.

The company detailed the news in a blog post and confirmed that the launch will also see the release of new products running Windows 8.1.

The final copy of Windows 8.1, known officially as Release to Manufacturing (RTM), is expected to be made available to Microsoft’s hardware partners in the coming weeks.

This news comes just a day after The Verge reported that Windows 8.1 was to debut in October. The tech news website also claimed at the time that the launch would likely coincide with new 7-inch and 8-inch tablets based on the operating system update.

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