Let's talk about Windows 8.1 update 2 for a second

Let’s get the formalities out of the way, earlier today, WZor said that Windows 8.1 update 2 hit RTM and that it will be announced at the Microsoft partner conference in July (we will be at that event).  That’s the simple of it but Microsoft's picture is now complex with update 2 in the pipeline along with Threshold.

After we saw the tweets go out, we asked around to see if anyone else was hearing that update 2 had hit RTM and the answer was mostly, “it’s close, but I don’t know if it hit RTM yet”.

Unlike large milestones like Windows 8.1, RTM is not something publicized for update 2, so don’t expect to see a formal announcement by Microsoft until the update is announced.

We are hearing that update 2 is well on its way to RTM and this comes from a trusted source that has provided solid content in the past. Has it hit RTM? We aren’t so sure that today was the chosen day but it should be very, very soon.

Considering that we still believe that an August release of the update in on target, a mid July announcement does make sense from a timing perspective.

One thing that you need to keep in mind is there is a lot of Threshold, and Update 2 information coming down the pipe, with the wires frequently getting crossed. When you toss in ‘Is Threshold part of Windows 9 or is it seperate?” into the equation, the channels become a bit more muddy, so take any information with various bits of salt.

We have quite a bit of more information about Microsoft’s plans for ‘Threshold’ but are still working to verify them, such as the significant updates coming to the desktop.

While Wzor has been off in the past, this information has enough credibility to it, after we poked the fire a few times, it is time to get excited.

Source: Wzor

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We don't even know what is in update 2 so there isn't anything to get excited about yet. Normally info about the changes would have leaked before a windows new o.s version went rtm, strange.

From what I can tell there's a fall update ("Update 2") and a Spring update ("Threshold"). The latter might be Update 3. It might be 8.2. It might be Windows 9. I don't think they've picked a name yet.

Studio384 said,
According to good sources, there is no such thing as an Update 3 for Windows 8.1. Next spring is Windows 9, no update for 8.1.

As far as everyone in Windows I've heard from is concerned (at of Build at least) that was an invention of the press/bloggers. At the very least, people were referring to 9 long before Microsoft made any decision (and they may still not have made it).

People heard that they're going to be adding big features to threshold and figured it would be Windows 9 because the Windows 8 brand is tarnished like Vista, nothing MS can do will change peoples minds now that 8 is bad and they shouldn't use it etc.

Drawing connections between one thing and another, might not be true but then again I really don't expect a 8.2 or another 8.x update. Might just be better to move to 9 with a new menu option for those who want it and windowed store apps and whatever else they can think of, even if it's just a branding/marketing need.

I wish Microsoft would release a general install disc of windows 8.1 with update 2 integrated on their website to allow faster, clean installs. downloading the install disc of windows shouldn't be a big deal so long as you have a legit key.

seta-san said,
I wish Microsoft would release a general install disc of windows 8.1 with update 2 integrated on their website to allow faster, clean installs. downloading the install disc of windows shouldn't be a big deal so long as you have a legit key.
They already do for Update 1, so what makes you think they won't with Update 2?

68k said,
Microsoft are like Apple nowadays - they no longer take user feedback seriously.

wait, what? being a huge monopoly company you have to take feedback from users? that must be where they are going wrong.

norseman said,
They're not? They are brniging the start menu back... You guys just like to whine. Paid to whine by some company no doubt.
More like adding the Windows Phone 8 home screen to the Desktop (via a menu) to launch apps/change settings. I doubt the Win 7 Start menu will return.

jupe said,

wait, what? being a huge monopoly company you have to take feedback from users? that must be where they are going wrong.

I call Win 8 having a lower ratings/worse reviews than Win 7 around the net a problem.

68k said,
More like adding the Windows Phone 8 home screen to the Desktop (via a menu) to launch apps/change settings. I doubt the Win 7 Start menu will return.

I want the win 95 start menu BUT THEY DONT LISTEN!

"That's the simple of it but Microsoft's picture is now complex with update 2 in the pipeline along with Threshold."

1. Nothing is 'the simple of it,' because that's not a phrase.
2. More than one upcoming update is complex? Why do we even care if Threshold is Windows 9 or not: software as a service baby, who needs version numbers? Besides, I'm sure back in the Longhorn days we used to talk about Blackcomb quite a lot...

I'm not excited about the next update because I'm convinced it will just be more garbage that ruins what started out as a great change for the OS. Now they're just going backward to stroke the lame desktop holdouts.

Lame desktop holdouts? What do you think is being used in a vast majority of settings where intensive data entry and or content creation occurs?

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