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Windows 8.1 official release to ship to vendors in August

Microsoft will ship Windows 8.1 to system builders and OEMs in late August, just in time for the holiday season
By: Charles Gantt | Operating Systems News | Posted: Jul 9, 2013 10:03 am

This morning, Windows chief Tami Reller announced that the company's PC and tablet vendor partners will receive a "near-final" version of Windows 8.1 in late August. Why August? This will give PC OEMs and system builders enough time with the software to prepare devices for the upcoming 2013 holiday season.




With Windows 8.1, users will notice the return of a start button, enhancements to the desktop mode, and changes to the start screen. Multitasking enhancements also make their way into the operating system as well as the inclusion of several long-sought after features such as Facebook for Windows 8.


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