Windows 8.1 update 2 said to arrive on August 12th

Over the past few weeks, Windows 8.1 update 2 has been referenced many times, but so far, no one has been able to figure out what all the update includes. It seems that this update will be small, when compared to update 1, and may only include enhancements to stability rather than front end features. 

If you are wondering when update 2 will arrive, that is, after all while you are reading this post, thanks to some leaked information from our Russian friends, update 2 should arrive in August. Specifically, the update should be part of 'Patch Tuesday' which is the 12th of the month.

The image you see above comes from a Russian source and is said to be authentic, although, we cannot confirm that image is genuine Microsoft documentation. But, based on everything we had heard prior to this document surfacing, it aligns perfectly to that information.

While this update appears to be quite small, Threshold, the next big update to Windows, is starting to come into focus and you can read more about some of our scoops on what to expect with the update, here.

For now, know that update 2 is right around the corner but don't expect much with the update unless Microsoft has found a way to avoid the leaks that generally reveal what is in each update.

Source: PCPortal.org.ru

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Why do they even call it update 2 if there are no new features?
They release stability fixes every month, why call this different?

Well, it's probably more beefy than most patch Tuesday updates, even if it has no new features to speak of (that we know of). At least I'm hoping so, not that I've seen any stability issues to speak of in my Windows 2012 R2 install, but I still dig the fixes.

Stoffel said,
Why do they even call it update 2 if there are no new features?
They release stability fixes every month, why call this different?

Maybe they will call it SP 2 as in the good old times...:-)

Stoffel said,
Why do they even call it update 2 if there are no new features?
They release stability fixes every month, why call this different?

There's a BIG difference between an update and a patch, y'know. Or maybe you don't. An update REPLACES the existing OS. A patch simply CHANGES something in the existing OS.

The article states that it's more then likely just some stability fixes, so I was just wondering why all the attention since they do these things every month.
This one might be slightly bigger, but I was assuming that if you are going to call it Update 2 you would have more then just that

Stoffel said,
Why do they even call it update 2 if there are no new features?
They release stability fixes every month, why call this different?

Logically, we should see a new OS version number.

Major_Plonquer said,

There's a BIG difference between an update and a patch, y'know. Or maybe you don't. An update REPLACES the existing OS. A patch simply CHANGES something in the existing OS.


Except this update, and the last, didn't replace the IS *facepalm*

Will be really annoying if they actually call it "Update 2", if but only for the fact that they were so goddamn adamant about not referring to the 8.1 Update as "Update 1"...

dead.cell said,
Will be really annoying if they actually call it "Update 2", if but only for the fact that they were so goddamn adamant about not referring to the 8.1 Update as "Update 1"...

Because MS is frustrated at software developers and corps who refuse to upgrade and then stomp their feet and throw a hissy fit when they do not get support or updates.

Since apps need to be certified and corps like 5 years after every each os or service pack release it will cause a nightmare of QA testing 20 combinations of everything. However calling it an update then is different and corporations will be more likely to upgrade and software does not need to be recertified.

With a new agile software release schedule it is causing problems. IE 8 is still the defacto standard and IE 9 is now just being evaluated at these companies. A new release every year is pissing people off and causing them to grip on tight on ancient browser versions. So MS is trying to end this problem.

Call it XP syndrome. Right now Windows 7 is it and mark my words 7 will stay much longer than XP. Expect it still to be significant in 2025.

McoreD said,
Let's call this Windows 8.1.2 because really that's what it is.

Indeed. OS X is updated in increments like this. It is easy to follow (10.9.3 --> 10.9.4).

sinetheo said,

Because MS is frustrated at software developers and corps who refuse to upgrade and then stomp their feet and throw a hissy fit when they do not get support or updates.

Since apps need to be certified and corps like 5 years after every each os or service pack release it will cause a nightmare of QA testing 20 combinations of everything. However calling it an update then is different and corporations will be more likely to upgrade and software does not need to be recertified.

With a new agile software release schedule it is causing problems. IE 8 is still the defacto standard and IE 9 is now just being evaluated at these companies. A new release every year is pissing people off and causing them to grip on tight on ancient browser versions. So MS is trying to end this problem.

Call it XP syndrome. Right now Windows 7 is it and mark my words 7 will stay much longer than XP. Expect it still to be significant in 2025.

Complacency never helped anyone.

If only small improvement better microsoft just update it silently. No need to name it update 2, update 3 and others.
Microsoft need to make it Slimmer and lighter.
and also more secure from Malware.
and also better Search function, look at the Everything search from void tools

Windows RC 8.2, the true Windows 8 RTM will be known as Windows 9. After that your Windows OS may very likely go into the cloud, good luck with that when it rains...Classic Shell and startisback, along with deviantart, made my Windows 8.x PCs workstations. Seems Microsoft learned nada when polishing up Windows 7 for RC and RTM, I am glad I did.

Windows 8.1 Update 1 Update? come on microsoft. Naming is their main problem now i think. But i like how they did this, they make another update so Windows version feels more rapid and updated. This update should give us a breath to waiting win 9.

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