Windows 8 update 2 and 3 rumors start to fly, grab a pinch of salt

If you like Windows rumors, we have some information on the next couple of updates to Windows 8 but know that these 'plans' come from sources who have had mixed results in the past. With that being said, nothing seems too far fetched about what was stated but we will try to provide a bit of color to the rumors.

The first bit of information is the most plausible as we have been hearing similar remarks, Windows 8.1 update 2 is still on-track for an August release. With a signoff timeframe approaching very quickly, one rumor pegged it as occurring this week, although that seems a bit early. Another bit of information says that the update is 3GB in size but that's for a clean install. For those of you who were watching this thread closely, you will remember that the initial rumor said that Update 2 was 3 GB in size, that's not correct. 

As for Update 3, first off, there is a rumor that Windows will be following the same style of updates as Windows Phone, which means we will see frequent 'GDR' style updates for the desktop OS. Based on this, Update 3 is said to be targeted for the spring of 2015, but this is also the time that Windows 9 is supposed to start making an appearance too. So the information is a bit conflicting if update 3 even exists or if wires are being crossed as the information falls out of the Microsoft knowledge tree.

Windows 9 is slated to be coming in Q2/Q3 of 2015 and will arrive with the typical 'Preview' releases ahead of the formal RTM release.

As for what Windows 8.1 update 2 will be called, don't expect it to be called Windows 8.2 as the current information states that Microsoft will stick with its update 1 naming strategy.

Source: Neowin Forums

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The recognition of what update you have does need a better system than what is currently in use. Someone asked me the other day what version of Windows they had. I said, "Windows 8.1" They asked me, "Do I have the update to 8.1" and I couldn't tell without looking up the build number.

It would of been easier in the system information pane to show Windows 8, 8.1, 8.1.1, 8.1.2 etc. It may sound like an Apple OSX numbering scheme, but at least it's easy to see and understand

Ok, so no offense, but these last two "Updates" posts have offered no new information at all. There is nothing at all being reported here.

I see it more as Microsoft seriously listening to users needs/comments/complaints/frustration/etc. and acting on it in a responsible manner.

Code changes to address the aforementioned "user input" are not trivial, but the added feature sets will end up being pretty close to what the users have been asking for (at least from what I've heard) post-launch.

Microsoft should have done their research before releasing a half-baked OS and its subsequent updates. The myriad of problems clearly shows MS hadn't done their "homework" before releasing it. Playing "catch-up ball" is never a good position.

No one I talk to at Microsoft uses the name "Windows 9". Still have no idea where that's come from. Last I heard, whether to call it Windows 9 or Update 3 or 8.2 or whatever was still up in the air. Clearly they are only going to release one update next Spring. The name is just a name.

Microsoft naming making people confuse.
Microsoft must make Windows and office slimmer. Now it is too big for tablet with 32 GB

utomo said,
Microsoft naming making people confuse.
Microsoft must make Windows and office slimmer. Now it is too big for tablet with 32 GB

They have. 8.1 update 1 adds support for small installs using images.

This is somewhat out of nowhere... but...

I freaking HATE the Win8 "loading" icon. It would be perfectly fine if it just went around in a circle, but every 2nd time it dips below to nothing and comes back up. I get it, it is making a figure 8, but it is annoying and pointless since you can't see it. Drives me nuts every time. Just go in the bloody circle.

It's just making circles, it's not making a figure 8. It's a variant on the bar, as seen above the address bar in Modern IE. Also, it's back directly after the previous circle is done.

This is the second new post in the last few days with supposed info about these updated. Yet none of them had any info about them a possible handoff date and speculated size is not info about the update.

The rumour od update 3 occurring at the time of windows 9 release could indicate a planned API change that needs to be added to windows 8 in order for the full windows 8/9 windows phone 8/9 merger which will see the end of RT and a move to a single OS for ARM based mobile devices?

brainsuck said,
What Does Update 2 do For me what is in it
We have absolutly no idea about what's new in Update 2. There haven't been any leaks yet.

brainsuck said,
What Does Update 2 do For me what is in it

Why would you expect to find answers to that question here?

Windows 8..
Windows 8 with update..
Windows 8.1... Which is an update to Windows 8 with update..
Then Windows 8.1 with update 1.. Which is an update to the Windows 8.1 which is an update of Windows 8 with update..

And now Update 2..

duh... I am O_O......

SInce they are back to numbers for naming Windows since Windows 7, they should have followed the same naming convention they followed with Windows 3. Like Windows 3.0; Windows 3.1; Windows 3.11

What is wrong in that simple SP1 / SP2 / and so on methodology ??

I guess Windows 2000 had a number of Service Packs, so was the Windows XP.. It was easier then to remember the update status..

Now a days with this confusing stuff.. ahh.. Getting harder..

There has never been a "Windows 8 Update". Also, you are claiming "Update" is bad, but you do want "SP" back? For naming, this is basicaly the same, I could also say that Windows 7 SP1 is an update for Windows 7 wich is an update for Windows Vista SP2. It's just:

Windows 8
Windows 8.1
Windows 8.1 Update (1)
Windows 8.1 Update 2

How hard can it be?

How hard can it be?

You'll recall how much trouble people had with Vista's editions? When the only two anyone really would have cared to decide between was Home Premium and Business?

Studio384 said,
Also, you are claiming "Update" is bad, but you do want "SP" back?

I didnt mean that..

I meant with the names only..

Service Packs are easy to go by :p

Choto Cheeta said,
What is wrong in that simple SP1 / SP2 / and so on methodology ??

What's "wrong" with Service Packs is that a lot of enterprise customers were deliberately waiting for the first SP to come out before they'd consider upgrading to a new OS. Obviously that's no good for MS's bottom line.

Choto Cheeta said,
Now a days with this confusing stuff.. ahh.. Getting harder..

The theory is that it's getting simpler, not harder--if you let it update itself it'll keep up with the rapid release cycle on its own and you don't even have to think about it.

Whether the reality reflects that or not is a subject for another conversation.

Studio384 said,
There has never been a "Windows 8 Update". Also, you are claiming "Update" is bad, but you do want "SP" back? For naming, this is basicaly the same, I could also say that Windows 7 SP1 is an update for Windows 7 wich is an update for Windows Vista SP2. It's just:

Windows 8
Windows 8.1
Windows 8.1 Update (1)
Windows 8.1 Update 2

How hard can it be?


It just trolls off the tounge...

Studio384 said,
There has never been a "Windows 8 Update". Also, you are claiming "Update" is bad, but you do want "SP" back? For naming, this is basicaly the same, I could also say that Windows 7 SP1 is an update for Windows 7 wich is an update for Windows Vista SP2. It's just:

Windows 8
Windows 8.1
Windows 8.1 Update (1)
Windows 8.1 Update 2

How hard can it be?

They should have an option when you install.

Installation Wizard

Page 1
Do you want this copy of Windows to be referred to as Windows 8.1 Update 2 or Windows 8.1 SP2

Page 2
Do you want a Start Menu or do you want a Start Screen?

Page 3
Do you want to boot to desktop or boot to Start Screen? If you picked Start Screen on the previous page, your computer will not boot.

_dandy_ said,
What's "wrong" with Service Packs is that a lot of enterprise customers were deliberately waiting for the first SP to come out before they'd consider upgrading to a new OS. Obviously that's no good for MS's bottom line.

Enterprise customers do update at all.. If this would have been the reason then I guess MS should have changed he entire name and stopped the support since the entire business world refused to dumped WinXP till MS stopped updating :p