Let’s get the formalities out of the way, earlier today, WZor said that Windows 8.1 update 2 hit RTM and that it will be announced at the Microsoft partner conference in July (we will be at that event). That’s the simple of it but Microsoft's picture is now complex with update 2 in the pipeline along with Threshold.
After we saw the tweets go out, we asked around to see if anyone else was hearing that update 2 had hit RTM and the answer was mostly, “it’s close, but I don’t know if it hit RTM yet”.
Unlike large milestones like Windows 8.1, RTM is not something publicized for update 2, so don’t expect to see a formal announcement by Microsoft until the update is announced.
We are hearing that update 2 is well on its way to RTM and this comes from a trusted source that has provided solid content in the past. Has it hit RTM? We aren’t so sure that today was the chosen day but it should be very, very soon.
Considering that we still believe that an August release of the update in on target, a mid July announcement does make sense from a timing perspective.
One thing that you need to keep in mind is there is a lot of Threshold, and Update 2 information coming down the pipe, with the wires frequently getting crossed. When you toss in ‘Is Threshold part of Windows 9 or is it seperate?” into the equation, the channels become a bit more muddy, so take any information with various bits of salt.
We have quite a bit of more information about Microsoft’s plans for ‘Threshold’ but are still working to verify them, such as the significant updates coming to the desktop.
While Wzor has been off in the past, this information has enough credibility to it, after we poked the fire a few times, it is time to get excited.