Windows 8.1, the update for Windows 8 which includes many new features and improvements as compared to Windows 8 was released as a Preview on June 26 and initial reports indicated that Windows 8.1 would be launched as final product in August. But now, new reports claim that Windows 8.1 RTM won’t be launched for public until October.
Mary Jo Foley, well-known Microsoft journalist from ZDNet reports through reliable sources that Microsoft has decided to delay the availability of Windows 8.1 RTM till October and the RTM bits would be available for MSDN subscribers as well as for public as an update to Windows 8 in mid-October, possibly around the one-year anniversary of Windows 8.
It is also reported that Microsoft will finalize the Windows 8.1 RTM is August as scheduled and it would also be released to OEMs in late August but, MSDN and TechNet subscribers won’t be getting the update till October when the public release is also scheduled.
The delay in the availability of Windows 8.1 has been made for the improvement of Windows 8.1 and to make it bug-free on its launch. Also, Microsoft aims to make the Windows 8.1 RTM available just before the launch anniversary of Windows 8. This delay will also let OEMs launch the Windows 8.1 devices along with public launch of Windows 8.1 as an update.