We have been hearing the rumors of second update for Windows 8.1 named Windows 8.1 Update 2 which might have included the mini-Start Menu when it was to be launched in 2014. Later, the software giant reportedly scrapped the Start Menu plans in favor of Threshold aka Windows 9 which left the Windows 8.1 Update 2 just a bug fixing update.
Mary Jo Foley on ZDNet reports that Microsoft will release the Windows 8.1 Update 2 on August 12 when the Patch Tuesday resides but, this update will only be regular patch Tuesday update named ‘August Update’.
Microsoft will only release this update as non-mandatory which means it won’t be necessary to be installed but, for those of you who want to install it will have to install the Windows 8.1 Update 1 first.
Windows 8.1 Update 1 won’t include any major user interface changes but, instead, it will only offer small unnoticeable changes to user interface along with other bug fixes and improvements.
Foley also reports that Microsoft may not offer any major updates for Windows 8.1 after this one which means this update will be the last feature update for the newly launched Windows 8.1. Instead, hot fixes and patches will be offered until the support ends in 2020.
As far as the rumored return of mini-Start Menu is concerned, Microsoft might release it as part of the ‘Threshold’ possibly Windows 9 which will reportedly be launched for public in mid-2015 with a preview expected later this year.
August 12 is not that far ahead and we will keep you updated with all the latest updates from Windows 8.1 and its related products.