According to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, at Microsoft’s World Partner Conference this morning, Microsoft’s Tami Reller has confirmed that the final build of Windows 8.1 will be available in August.
The preview build became available on June 26th so the maximum time from preview to final build availability would be 2 months. That’s pretty impressive if you ask me.
MJ Foley wasn’t entirely sure what the August timeframe means for devices. Will your device currently running Windows 8 have an upgrade available in August? Will new devices be sold running Windows 8.1 in August? Apparently Microsoft wasn’t clear. I expect that at latest, you’ll be able to upgrade your current Windows 8 device to 8.1 by the middle of September, and I’d expect brand new devices to be shipped with 8.1 around the same time.
If you are currently running Windows 8 on your device, 8.1 will be a free update through the Windows Store. For those of you running the 8.1 preview, you’ll also be able to update to RTM through the store.
Stay tuned for more details.