Windows 8.1 Update 2 builds got leaked on the web few weeks back. Those builds revealed that Windows 8.1 Update 2 does not include any new features for the consumers, instead it includes platform improvements that will improve the under the hood experience. As per the recent document leak, Microsoft is planning to release Windows 8.1 Update 2 in August on Patch Tuesday (8/12). Apart from Windows 8.1 Update 2, Microsoft is already testing Windows 9/Threshold builds which is expected to include major changes to the Modern UI framework, and some amazing new features for the enterprise. Source: @Angelwzr   ...

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While there were some rumors [WinBeta] that Windows 8.1 Update 2 would be distributed through the Windows Store with a potential 3 GB file size, it appears this will not be case. While Windows 8.1 was distributed through the Windows Store, Windows 8.1 Update 1 was distributed through Windows Update. Microsoft appears to prefer distribution through Windows Update since some business/enterprise customers have disabled the Windows Store for their users. Since Update 2 is being distributed through Windows Update it will be free, also as expected. It also appears that the final name will be “Update 2″ and not Windows 8.2. It is rumored that Microsoft will offer a significant discount to those upgrading from Windows 8.1 Update 2 to Windows 9. Those upgrading from any version prior to Update 2 will pay more. Update 2 is expected to contain optimizations to make Windows 8 work better on small tablets, such as ...

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Infamous Microsoft leaker WZor has come out hiding and dropped some interesting information regarding to Windows 8.1 Update 2. Here is a roughly translated Russian quote from WZor: At this time I cannot give an exact date of signing of the RTM. Although next week (23 – 27 June) a very significant event is planned inside Microsoft.I’m not sure what will happen, but most likely the first RTM-Escrow build will be signed off. The timing makes sense as Microsoft typically gives OEMs one to two months to prepare their new hardware following RTM. This means we will likely see general availability of Windows 8.1 Update 2 by August. In the meantime Microsoft will work on QFEs (quick engineering fixes) to solve specific problems. What remains unknown is what exactly is inside Update 2. The start menu has been pushed back to Windows 9 (‘Threshold”). The rumors is that it is likely to ...

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