Rumor: Windows 8.1 RTM could go gold 'any day'

Microsoft launched the public preview versions of Windows 8.1 in late June, but as far as a launch date for the final version is concerned, all Microsoft has said officially is that it will release the final build to OEMs sometime in late August. Now a new report claims that Microsoft is very close to finishing the Windows 8.1 RTM version.

How close? As part of this week's episode of the Weekly Windows video podcast on Twit.tv, ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley says that her sources inside Microsoft have told her that Windows 8.1 has now reached the escrow testing period and that the final "gone gold" announcement could be made by the company "any day."

Of course, the actual announcement date and the date when the RTM version might become available to the outside world will likely be very different. Ed Bott, also of ZDNet, predicted as part of the same podcast that it will become available to MSDN subscribers sometime next week. Bott thinks a customer preview of Windows 8.1 might be released a couple of weeks after that, but PC makers may not launch new products with Windows 8.1 inside until late October, or around the one-year anniversary of the Windows 8 launch.

Bott and Foley speculate in the podcast that Microsoft might even decide to have a big launch event for Windows 8.1, as they did in New York City for Windows 8, especially if the company also launches new versions of its Surface tablets at the same time.

Source: Windows Weekly on Twit.tv

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as much as i despised apple and the whole eco-system, i'm glad I switched, that way i don't have to sit around waiting for an update/fixes to something that should have been in the original release.

meh...

Apple is making the switch..

Just look at iOS 7.. with OSX they tried the app store but half-assed it and i fully expect the next major release of OSX to try and bring iOS/OSX closer together..

but, its much more fun to hate microsoft isn't it..

honestly no. i really enjoyed Windows, from 3.11 all the way to 7. and yes even Millennium was fun to play with despite its shortcomings.

I think MS might be able to get me back if they completely separate Metro into its own system or leave it reserved for touchscreen devices.

Metro is different and fun to use, but in my opinion, not very productive.

Make a new shortcut, name it

explorer shell:::{2559a1f8-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}
Give it a start menu-ish icon or something, drag it to your task bar.
A start menu

Goto

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell\

Newkey: EdgeUI

New DWORD: DisableCharmsHint =1

And woot, no more hotcorners!

And there's your Win7 like Windows 8! And all out of the box, there's a ton more tweaks to make Windows 8 just like you want it, and most are just little non-download required tweaking.

absolutely right, i have found those tweaks before, and thanks to Google finding other tweaks is easy, but its besides the point, when your the go to person for "fixing" stuff in your family, this creates more work for me, and having to explain all this is tiresome, to the point i want to setup a training session for my whole family ahead of time to avoid this situation.

I've played with Linux and enjoy it, but just a bit to lazy to spend time and customize, so OS X is the next in line.

Dunno my experience with people (average joe's) around me is, that once they listen to "ignore what anyone has said about Win8 previously" and actually start using it. I've yet to get complaints. AFAIK most didn't even bother installing classicshell which I leave behind for them.
It takes a while to get used to, and there will be a lot of "ohhhhh there it is" or "ahhh, like this" moments and some searching.
But this is no different from EVERY frigging release of Windows in the history of humanity.

Every OS can be easily customized into oblivion as long as its popular enough. I havent tried it since Win7, but getting a fancy 3d desktop cube, multiple desktops, wobbly windows, firey or exploding windows on close/minimize and pretty much every other Linux desktop goodness....
And most people just care about "How can i facebook, can i play a game or 2 and how can i start it, where is my email" etc.
They have little issue using OSX most of the time, which is 10times more different from Win7 then Win8 is from Win7.
Every OS needs customization if you care about how it looks instead of what its main task is, launch programs.

This time it's time for an update/upgrade instead of a format in my case....
And - when Windows 8.1 suits perfectly - I might even consider updating my main Windows 7 PC....

I expect it on August 16, and my grandmother who claims she knows the future is saying Sep 2.

my dog barfed 3 times, multiply by 4 which means August 12

They need to release 8.1 now, I'm really tired of having to click the desktop tile or Win+D every time I boot my laptop up to get to the desktop ugh. I don't care about the start button, the boot to desktop really grinds my gears and has done so since the beginning. FYI, yes I know there's 3rd party boot to desktop software, but that's besides the point.

Me too! I have Windows 8 right now, but have hesitated to upgrade it to the preview because I can't bother with the reinstalling of apps. I have it on another PC at work, but I will need to relinquish before the new school year starts, so I would like to have 8.1 as soon as possible, I can migrate over everything from my Windows 8 setup. Also, I am dual booting Windows 8 with Windows XP, but I don't have much space left.

I have apps, folders, projects, etc on my desktop for easy access, I'd prefer to boot to it directly. Also, with 2 monitors, the Start Screen is pretty pointless.

BTW, it always strikes me as funny that there are little things that MS has never fixed (saving icon positions on crash) or kept the same across different UIs (some dialog and config screens)

zrlan7710 said,
Apparently, most users want to see a blank desktop with nothing at all or a dirty desktop filled with their files.

Or those of us in the know with a perfectly setup desktop just the way *we* want it, not the way Microsoft thinks we want it.

Bott thinks a customer preview of Windows 8.1 might be released a couple of weeks after that, but PC makers may not launch new products with Windows 8.1 inside until late October, or around the one-year anniversary of the Windows 8 launch.

There already is a customer preview, so surely that is referring to the final version?

theyarecomingforyou said,

There already is a customer preview, so surely that is referring to the final version?

I think he is referring to a 90 day RTM trial for those who want to try 8.1 b4 they buy?

More like thought it went gold, but really they mean it went in to trash can again as another failed OS with metro that two strike all ready better not make it three strike or you're out for good MS.

maybe for you, Metro rocks and is much better than what iOS or Android offers. Also you are talking about interface which already has 80 million plus users in one year, while others took more than 3 years.

MS made some sound decisions, but lack of marketing and timing is the issue. But their persistence will pay over the long run. Surface is still the most useful tablet in the market, rest are mere consumption toys

If only the tiles weren't just live but interactive, that'd be glorious. For example, for Music app you can click next, play/pause or back without going to the app similar to widgets.

zrlan7710 said,
If only the tiles weren't just live but interactive, that'd be glorious. For example, for Music app you can click next, play/pause or back without going to the app similar to widgets.

If only you couldn't do that with most keyboards.

soulxfer said,
maybe for you, Metro rocks and is much better than what iOS or Android offers. Also you are talking about interface which already has 80 million plus users in one year, while others took more than 3 years.

MS made some sound decisions, but lack of marketing and timing is the issue. But their persistence will pay over the long run. Surface is still the most useful tablet in the market, rest are mere consumption toys

oh please, stop being silly now. Windows 8 and RT can't be compared against iOS and Android. Windows 8 is a desktop operating system which has been ported (in the RTs case) to arm processors found in tablets.

iOS and Android were designed from the ground up for mobile computing (phones and tablets).

Dutchie64 said,
@SHS: have a snickers, because you're acting like a b***h when you're hungry... ;-P

Standard snickers or ice cream version? It's my birthday today, can I have the ice cream one please?

Randomevent said,

If only you couldn't do that with most keyboards.

The future is touch. Traditional devices with their traditional ways need to go. Though I understand that touch (still) has its shortcomings, it'll be an ubiquitous technology eventually similar to the story of mouse and keyboard.

zrlan7710 said,
The future is touch. Traditional devices with their traditional ways need to go.

Why do 'traditional devices' need to go? What exactly is wrong with 'the traditional ways'?

Plus, touch is not 'the future' but the present, and has been for quite a few years already...

zrlan7710 said,
If only the tiles weren't just live but interactive, that'd be glorious. For example, for Music app you can click next, play/pause or back without going to the app similar to widgets.

Press the volume keys, the Metro volume icon will have next/previous/pause. Similar to WP8. This overlays anywhere, both desktop and metro apps. Even full screen games...

How easy do you want it?