Microsoft confirmed today that it has completed Windows 8.1 and has started releasing it to manufacturers. This means that Windows 8.1 can now be loaded onto systems slated for launch on October 18. Unfortunately, Redmond is still going to make everyone wait until the 17 for their digital download or upgrade.
Unfortunately, those with MSDN and TechNet subscriptions will also have to wait until the general release date of October 18 to download Windows 8.1. And although the updated operating system is technically "finished," Microsoft will use the next few weeks to put the "finishing touches" on the new OS. A Microsoft spokesperson told The Verge that the software giant is "working with a limited set of partners who are building apps that will showcase the new functionality of Windows 8.1; however, we have nothing more to share at this time."
So there you have it; Windows 8.1 is finished and for all intents and purposes is ready to be installed on millions of PCs worldwide. It will be interesting to see what "polishing" Microsoft does to the OS between the preview copy and the released copy. But to be quite honest, Windows 8 still does nothing to excite me.