Windows 8.1: Return Of The Start Button…Will Launch October 18th

A report by Neowin claims Microsoft will RTM Windows 8.1 shortly after August 23rd.  MSDN, TechNet Suscribers, and developers will not get early access to the build, only large OEMs.  Microsoft will release Windows 8.1 to the Windows Store on October 17th and retail box copies will be available starting October 18th.  Windows Server 2012 R2 will also launch the 18th of October.

The recently leaked Windows 8.1 build (9471) was an RTM branch build.  It appears Microsoft is making good on its promise to release a new version of Windows every year.  Now if Windows can do a yearly release, why can’t Windows Phone do one even faster…that may be a discussion for another time.

Source: Neowin

  • Emily the Strange

    ehmm I hope you mean the return of a button IN TASKBAR.
    there was always a button. but it was hidden, well… if you move the taskbar from place, you can still use the hidden start button, and also use the taskbar one. so yeah… the difference? 8.0 had it hidden, and 8.1 is in taskbar once again. nothing new, it will just take a place in taskbar and that’s all. same function as before, “different” place.

    • Viktor

      Nothing new, you are right. But it sounds god to those who thought t

  • grs_dev

    This article was utterly useless. It didn’t provide any actual insight that has not been known for a while now.

    What’s with the obsession with updates? I’d rather they release the product when it’s ready, not whenever you’re bored and have nothing better to do…

  • xma1e

    Just an excuse to use a Star Wars pic?

  • Guest

    A two month delay before rolling it out to existing W8 users is ridiculous. Given all the negativity, it would have been preferable to get it out right away instead.