Windows 8.1 Update 2 coming Aug 12; will actually be called 'August Update'

Last week, a rumour emerged via a Russian site, claiming that Microsoft was planning to deliver the second update to Windows 8.1 on August 12. The screenshot that supported that information referred to an upcoming 'August update'. 

Today, Rod Trent from Windows IT Pro reports that one of his sources has confirmed that info as correct, and the update will be delivered on the next Patch Tuesday, August 12. 


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His source also confirmed what the update will be called. Some had expected that it might be named "Windows 8.1 Update 2", or perhaps even "Windows 8.2". Sadly, it seems that Microsoft still suffers from being hopeless when it comes to naming things - following on from the Windows 8.1 Update that was released earlier this year, the next update will be called "August Update". 

Could the choice of name indicate that Microsoft might shift to a monthly update cadence for Windows 8.1? Sadly, that's not what we're hearing at the moment - in fact, this may well be the last significant update for Windows 8.1 before the next major Windows release, codename Threshold, arrives early next year. 

While the previous update was mandatory, the August Update will not be, so you can - for whatever reason - choose not to install it, and you'll still be able to get other updates without issue. However, if you want to install the August Update, you must have installed Windows 8.1 Update previously. 

Microsoft will reportedly announce the August Update next week, ahead of its rollout on Patch Tuesday. 

Source: Windows IT Pro

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Hello,

I do not have any special insight into the naming or release schedules for updates, but I do recall at one point that Microsoft was having problems with enterprise adoption of their products because analysts were always recommending to their corporate clients that they always wait "for the service pack" to come out before adopting a Microsoft product (Office, Windows, etc.).

My feeling is that this trend away from service packs is driven, in part, to remove that arrow from analysts' quiver of recommendations. You cannot tell your corporate clients to "wait for the service pack" if Microsoft is no longer doing service packs.

Likewise, the muddling and mixing of names like rollups, service releases, and, of course, "Windows 8.1 Update" and "August Update" give no other discernible name for analysts to use when recommending Windows.

In a nutshell, it seems to me what Microsoft is doing is taking away the vocabulary from analysts that was slowing down adoption of Microsoft's products. If they [the analysts] no longer have a name for something, they can no longer make recommendations for or against it.

The other part of this is a general move away from the waterfall model to the continuous development model. That's an issue when competing with Apple and Google, who historically have released more frequent updates. This model allows Microsoft to compete more effectively with them. Or at least, that's my opinion.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

Stupid naming choice, Microsoft are all over the place with naming conventions, I would have thought that they had a standard by now. 'August update' sounds like fashion language.

I know the naming choices can be silly, but for anyone working in IT, aren't you looking at the KB# anyway? When I'm deploying an update across systems, I also track the actual KB# for the update and don't even pay attention to whatever the public name happens to be. I did that for the 8.1 Update. There is a specific KB number for it as I expect will also be the case for the August Update

Let's not jump on conclusions about naming. Update orignaly was called "Windows 8.1 Spring 2014 GDR", this might as well be such a name that will be repalced later.

Nerd Rage said,
I will call it 8.1.2. I called Windows 8.1 Update 1, 8.1.1.

I will call it Bob.
Oh wait, there already was a MS Bob... ok then Jerry!

DaveBG said,
well it lost support as you cannot fix the unfixable lol :_)

Let me guess, your favorite OS is Windows 7.

LightEco said,
Why would this not be a mandatory update? Enjoy fragmentation much Microsoft?

A lot of people wait before deploying updates so that all the potential bugs are sorted out.

Do we even know what this update will entail? Because if it's the rumored changes involving Russian language packs, it really wouldn't be mandatory and would probably save a lot of bandwidth not being set as a priority update.

Zlain said,

A lot of people wait before deploying updates so that all the potential bugs are sorted out.

Yeah, I remember the old XP SP2 BSOD issue a lot of laptop users had when installing the servicepack....

Not saying you can't wait to get it, just like Update 1, you had a couple months before support was cutoff. Smaller updates like this should leave no reason no to update.

In hope that this encourages the great MS (my honest opinion) to do things properly. Its always a concern when a huge company cant tell you how they have fixed user reported errors.

Windows 8.1 Pro Update 1 Update August. That's 38 characters long. I hope the OS field of USER table in Neowin db is large enough to hold that.

No need for the Update 1 part as it is mandatory for installing the August update
So Windows 8.1 Pro August Update should be enough :)

Stoffel said,
No need for the Update 1 part as it is mandatory for installing the August update
So Windows 8.1 Pro August Update should be enough :)

How about "Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center August Update"?

daz411 said,
What a mess! Do we even know what this update will change? features?

This is what's irritating me. It drops in under two weeks and the lack of concrete information is extremely frustrating.

Chicane-UK said,
This is what's irritating me. It drops in under two weeks and the lack of concrete information is extremely frustrating.

Supposedly MS will be disclosing that next week per the source article. *Shrug* Take that for what it's worth. Personally sounds more like a roll-up than anything else, but who knows.

Chicane-UK said,

This is what's irritating me. It drops in under two weeks and the lack of concrete information is extremely frustrating.

I hope it fixes the rather annoying issue of the Store and Xbox apps just displaying a plain colour background, and no content, until restarted. I thought it was my video drivers, but they've been updated, it still happens every so often, but it's annoying.

Chicane-UK said,

This is what's irritating me. It drops in under two weeks and the lack of concrete information is extremely frustrating.

Well, we only got Update 1 announced one week prior too.

Studio384 said,
Well, we only got Update 1 announced one week prior too.

I was irritated by Update 1 too. Especially the bombshell that it was mandatory.. though they did have to back off on that and support systems with and without the update concurrently for several months.

ir0nw0lf said,
Figured they would have called this the Fall Update. The previous one was more or less the Spring Update.

I could swear I saw it listed as the Spring Update in WU, or maybe I'm just remembering it wrong.

ir0nw0lf said,
Figured they would have called this the Fall Update. The previous one was more or less the Spring Update.

i dont like falling and stuff, this would sound like the update will use the hardware of your computer to make it fall of

i know im smart, no need to tell me twice

ir0nw0lf said,
Figured they would have called this the Fall Update. The previous one was more or less the Spring Update.

And how smart is that considering how many users are not in the northern hemisphere? At least the entire world can reference August.

I don't think this is update 2. We get monthly updates every month. They are called rollups. This won't be anywhere near as game changing as what we got back in April.

CJEric said,

so the start menu is only coming in Threshold?

Will this have windowed Metro apps at least?


no
Both windowed Metro apps and the new Start Menu are coming in Threshold.

How is it that I'm still unable to organise IE's favourites toolbar in a non alphabetical order, even after it became an acknowledged bug ages ago - MS are slow and Im sorry to say it but they don't fix things for so long that I (as a loyal enthusiast in the 95 to 7 era, have kind of given up hope in them caring about customers they already have.

Calling it the August Update implies a monthly update schedule. It would have made more sense to call it Windows 8.2 and throw in a few signature features to make it stand out (i.e. new Start Screen themes, new wallpapers, etc).

theyarecomingforyou said,
Calling it the August Update implies a monthly update schedule. It would have made more sense to call it Windows 8.2 and throw in a few signature features to make it stand out (i.e. new Start Screen themes, new wallpapers, etc).

agreed. while they maintain major.minor[.build[.revision]] convention internally, they should do the same for public. At least just add up the minor version implying that you won't break compatibility.

There was nothing wrong with "8.1.1" and "8.1.2". I don't get why all these big software companies have started screwing around with the traditional 3 (or 4) point version number system. While it wasn't a standardized format by any means, it was at predictable. Trying to make yourself stand out with weird version numbers is dumb.

I like OS updates a lot. Constantly changing the names "just because" not so much. Stop throwing darts at the name generator, pick one and stick with it dangit.

Max Norris said,
I like OS updates a lot. Constantly changing the names "just because" not so much. Stop throwing darts at the name generator, pick one and stick with it dangit.

Exactly.

does anyone know
if they will provide ISO images?

Max Norris said,
I like OS updates a lot. Constantly changing the names "just because" not so much. Stop throwing darts at the name generator, pick one and stick with it dangit.

It's okay. Most people with this complaint get over it when a company they like starts doing it and their opinion suddenly shifts to "names don't matter anyway".

Google does this all the time.