Everything you need to know about the Windows 8.1 release

Unless you have been involved in the U.S. Congress trying to almost screw up the entire country, you know that today is the day that Microsoft tries to bring back Windows users with Windows 8.1. Here's a quick way to learn more about this free (for Windows 8) update that has a bunch of new features and improvements.

Windows 8.1 available to download now - Windows 8 users can download the free update to Windows 8.1 in the Windows Store, while Windows XP, Vista and 7 users can purchase and download the update now or wait until Friday to get the retail disc copy.

Microsoft to hold a Reddit AMA and more to promote Windows 8.1 today - Windows team members will participate in a Reddit AMA session today to discuss Windows 8.1, followed by a Twitter chat. There's also a related contest for U.S residents.

Review of Windows 8.1 - Neowin's Brad Sams offers up our official verdict of Windows 8.1. Is this update, released less than a year after the launch of Windows 8, a big improvement or more of the same?  You will have to read our review to find out what we really think.

Official Facebook Windows 8.1 app now in Windows Store  - The biggest third party app release for the Windows 8.1 launch belongs to the long awaited official Facebook app.The first version of the app appears to have a layout that's very similar to its web browser counterpart.

Core App Updates now available for Windows 8.1  - Microsoft has updated most of its in-house developed core apps for the Windows 8.1 launch, including many that are exclusive to the OS update. Some get major updates while others just receive minor changes.

You can also check out our Windows forum if you have any questions about the upgrade, and also check out some helpful tips and FAQ's that members have posted. Also check out our contest to win a Tier 2 subscription worth $28 USD

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