Windows 8.1 to be 'made available to OEMs' in late August

Microsoft released the preview version of Windows 8.1, the latest comprehensive update to its PC OS, last month at its BUILD developer conference in San Francisco, but until now, it hasn't committed to a firm timeline as to when the full version will be made available to end-users. Indeed, the only commitment that the company had previously stated was that the update was expected to ship later this year. 

But at the company's Worldwide Partner Conference today, Microsoft chief financial officer and chief marketing officer, Tami Reller, confirmed that Windows 8.1 will be "made available to OEMs" in late August, indicating that the OS will be finalised within the next six weeks or so. 

Reller stated manufacturers will be able to ship the first devices with Windows 8.1 on board in time for the holiday season. 

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I still think that August is the date when windows 8.1 will be released to RTM, but I don't believe it will be available to the public until late October.

willwalk said,
I still think that August is the date when windows 8.1 will be released to RTM, but I don't believe it will be available to the public until late October.

A release to OEMs isn't a public release - it's an early release to give them time to prepare their images. I expect MSDN will get it around this time though. Public release will come some time after. Nothing in the article or announcement conflicts with this..

so would these also mean people with current technet subcriptions might be able to get the iso?

edit. bah, mine expires on the 18th

dsbig said,
so would these also mean people with current technet subcriptions might be able to get the iso?

edit. bah, mine expires on the 18th


as always, the iso's will be on every torrent and file-sharing site within a day of being posted on Technet or MSDN

Good but I hope they're already collecting feedback to the preview and altering their Windows 8.2 plans to it.

8.1 is an improvement as it makes the modern UI work better as a replacement for the desktop. But unless they add visible buttons for mouse the desktop will remain a better mouse+keyboard interface.

They really need a switch to make stuff like the charms, app-switcher and app taskbars visible on screen. I prefer the modern UI over the desktop but even I use the desktop when I'm on my PC because its simply faster to point & click then to gesture & click.

I've read conflicting info regarding installing the Preview and then upgrading to the final. First I read you had to reinstall W8.0, then I read that wasn't the case, the upgrade would install fine over the Preview. What is the scoop on this?

streetw0lf said,
I've read conflicting info regarding installing the Preview and then upgrading to the final. First I read you had to reinstall W8.0, then I read that wasn't the case, the upgrade would install fine over the Preview. What is the scoop on this?

the upgrade from preview to final will work, but you'll have to reinstall all your programs.

OEMS are getting a "near final" copy in August to begin testing, final is in October/November I thought? So you have a bit more than a few weeks

I presumed the build OEM's would get is the final, which I took for granted would either be on Technet or leak... lol.

If its not then fair enough, I presumed the final would be given out a few months before the public release like the Windows 8 RTM builds were.

Drewidian said,
I was told GA would be 10/18/2013 by a senior executive at Dell.

makes sense, RTM is usually roughly 6-8 weeks before GA

Sounds like they'll finally be able to cash in on back to school? Should see a number of newer 8.1 devices coming out sooner than 8.0 which lagged so much.

I have been running Windows 8.0 since launch and I have not experience any lag. What type of lags are you experiencing? Try updating your drivers or do a clean install.