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October 21, 2013 at 7:37 AM
[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.
October 17, 2013 at 8:52 AM
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.
September 17, 2013 at 2:40 PM
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 will be available for $119.99 and Windows 8.1 Pro will be available for $199.99. Both will be available via download or at local stores in a DVD package.
More details, including whether Windows 8.1 will work on Windows XP or Vista devices, are here.
Separately, Microsoft also said the release to manufacturing build of Windows 8.1 Enterprise is now available for volume license customers and developers and IT professionals who subscribe to TechNet and MSDN.
September 9, 2013 at 6:39 PM
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 the abilities to:
- Answer calls directly from the lock screen
- See missed calls and instant messages
- Choose whether to answer a call with video, audio or an instant message
- Make calls directly from Internet Explorer
The pre-release version of Skype, like the RTM build of Windows 8.1, is available only to Microsoft’s hardware partners and developers and IT professionals who subscribe to MSDN and TechNet.
Microsoft says it’s continuing to refine Skype for Windows 8.1 heading toward the Oct. 18 launch date.
September 9, 2013 at 11:19 AM
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 RTM build was not available on that date to MSDN and TechNet subscribers — something that immediately raised the ire of such subscribers.
In a statement today, the company said:
Microsoft heard from the community that the decision to not initially release Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM bits was a big challenge for developer partners as they’re readying new Windows 8.1 apps and for IT professionals as they prepare for Windows 8.1 deployments.
The company recognizes the critical role developers play in building experiences for Windows that make our customers’ lives more productive and fun, as well as the time commercial customers need to best plan Windows 8.1 deployments.
Microsoft has been reversing course on several of its recent decisions lately after some of its announcements were greeted with loud criticism. Its Xbox One, for instance, which is launching in November, will no longer require an Internet connection that was on regularly.
Separately, the release candidate build of Visual Studio 2013 is now available for developers to download.
August 27, 2013 at 6:37 AM
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.
August 14, 2013 at 6:11 AM
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 blog post.
Windows 8.1 will also be available at retail and on new devices starting on that date.
Windows 8.1, which debuted in preview form in late June, brings back some of the features Windows 8 users had been clamoring for, including the ability to boot directly to desktop mode and a version of a Start button.
In addition, on Oct. 18, Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and the latest update to Windows Intune will be available for download for eligible customers through the TechNet Evaluation Center. New customers be able to purchase them on Nov. 1, Microsoft said.
July 8, 2013 at 11:05 AM
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.
June 24, 2013 at 9:55 AM
[Build, Microsoft's annual conference for independent, third-party developers, starts Wednesday at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. I'll be reporting from there here at this blog and on seattletimes.com.
In the meantime, here's my preview of some of what Microsoft will be talking about at Build, as well as what some developers are hoping to see/hear.]
Unlike the previous two years at the Build conference, there is no radical new operating system to be introduced or launched.
Rather, at this year’s Build, Microsoft’s annual conference for third-party developers Wednesday through Friday at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, the focus will be on an updated version of that operating system — called Windows 8.1 — as well as the road map for other Microsoft products and services.
June 19, 2013 at 1:46 PM
It’s not often that a software company will reward people for coming up with ways to exploit protections built into its operating systems.
But that’s what Microsoft is doing with some new programs, launching June 26, that offer cash awards for those who can find ways to get around the protections in Windows 8.1 Preview, and those who can find critical vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer 11 Preview, which will be on Windows 8.1 Preview.
(Microsoft is planning to release Windows 8.1 Preview next week, coinciding with its Build developers conference.)
The programs are:
Mitigation Bypass Bounty – Microsoft will pay up to $100,000 for “truly novel exploitation techniques” against protections built in to Windows 8.1 Preview. (“Mitigation bypasses” are techniques of going around the protections in a system.) This program will be ongoing.
“Learning about new exploitation techniques earlier helps Microsoft improve security by leaps, instead of capturing one vulnerability at a time as a traditional bug bounty alone would,” Microsoft said in its posting about the program.
In addition, Microsoft will award up to $50,000 in its BlueHat Bonus for Defense program for defensive ideas that block a qualifying Mitigation Bypass submission. This program is ongoing.
Internet Explorer 11 Preview Bug Bounty – Microsoft will pay up to $11,000 for critical vulnerabilities that affect IE11 Preview on Windows 8.1 Preview. This program ends July 26.
More details of the programs are available here.