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April 8, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Support for Windows XP ends; Windows 8.1 Update begins

The day is finally upon us — the one that Microsoft has been issuing warnings about for more than a year: Today, more than a decade after its launch, Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP. That means the company will no longer issue security updates, fixes and content updates nor offer technical support. The company…

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October 21, 2013 at 7:37 AM

Microsoft pulls Windows RT 8.1 update; some experiencing difficulties with Windows 8.1 update too

[An update has been posted below, with Microsoft saying the Windows RT 8.1 update problems is affecting a small percentage of Surface RT users. It did not say when the update will be available again in the Windows Store.]

Only a day after announcing that the Windows 8.1 update was available for download, Microsoft on Friday pulled the Windows RT 8.1 update from the Windows Store.

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October 17, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Windows 8.1 — with Start button and boot to desktop — arrives

A year after the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft today is releasing the major Windows 8.1 update.

This is the update that addresses some of the major complaints from users who found Windows 8 jarring to use. 8.1 brings back a Start button — kinda — and allows users to boot directly to desktop, among a host of other features.

Windows 8.1 Start screen (Photo from Microsoft)

Windows 8.1 Start screen (Photo from Microsoft)

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September 17, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Microsoft details pricing, upgrade process for Windows 8.1

Microsoft had already announced that the Windows 8.1 update would come free — available via download from the Windows Store starting Oct. 18 — to users who already own Windows 8 devices. Today, the company offered some details on prices for those without Windows 8 devices who nonetheless want Windows 8.1. In the U.S., Windows 8.1…

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September 9, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Microsoft details some Skype on Windows 8.1 features

Microsoft recently released to manufacturing Windows 8.1, the major update to Windows 8 that’s scheduled to launch Oct. 18. Among the changes coming to Windows 8.1 is the automatic inclusion of Skype built right in Microsoft gave a glimpse of the pre-release version of Skype for Windows 8.1 in a blog post today. Among the features are…

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September 9, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Microsoft allows developers and IT pros access to Windows 8.1 RTM build

Microsoft has pulled another 180, this time allowing developers and IT professionals with MSDN and TechNet subscriptions to have access to the RTM — release to manufacturers — build of Windows 8.1. The company had said on Aug. 27 that it had started releasing Windows 8.1 to manufacturers. But, in a departure from past practices, the…

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August 27, 2013 at 6:37 AM

Windows 8.1 released to manufacturers

Microsoft confirmed today that Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 have been released to manufacturers.

That step is the last major milestone before general availability to the public. Reports had already been circulating that that milestone had been reached last week.

Windows 8.1 will be available to the public, as well as to developers and IT professionals who subscribe to MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network) and TechNet, on Oct. 18.

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August 14, 2013 at 6:11 AM

Windows 8.1 to be available Oct. 18

Windows 8.1, the major update to Windows 8, will launch on Oct. 18, Microsoft announced today. The company will start rolling out Windows 8.1 at 12 a.m. Oct. 18 in New Zealand (4 a.m. Oct. 17 in local time) as a free update through the Windows Store for current Windows 8 users, according to an official…

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July 8, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Windows 8.1 to be released to manufacturers in August

Tami Reller, Windows chief financial officer and chief marketing officer (Photo from Microsoft)

Tami Reller, Windows chief financial officer and chief marketing officer (Photo from Microsoft)

Windows 8.1 will be released to manufacturers in late August, Windows Chief Marketing Officer Tami Reller said this morning.

“Release to manufacturing” — or RTM — means the operating system is ready for manufacturers to install in their devices, in preparation for the sales of those devices to customers.

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