Windows 8.1 Date–October 17th

Save the date – October 17th for the public release of Windows 8.1, the free update to Windows 8. A few good new features with it – new Start button (not the start menu), animated backgrounds for Metro – or the same background as your desktop, integrated Bing search, and a bit more.

Windows 8.1 continues the vision we began with Windows 8 and is an example of our commitment to continuous innovation and improvement for our customers. And Windows 8.1 brings many improvements in areas like personalization, Internet Explorer 11, search which is powered by Bing, built-in apps including a few new ones, an improved Windows Store experience, and cloud connectivity with SkyDrive (and much more) that people will enjoy. If you haven’t already, you can give many of the new features and improvements in Windows 8.1 a try with the Windows 8.1 Preview. Business customers can begin testing Windows 8.1 for deployment in their environments with the Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview.