Windows 8.1 Going Gold At End of August

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.

  • pbeyer83

    I’m really looking forward to this release. I’m living in Denmark, and the 8.1 preview is not available in my language, so I cant get it until the official release date. It seems that if I install the preview in English, I will not be able to return to Danish when the official release comes.
    I do, however fear that it might be a while longer than a couple of weeks from gold until it lands on people’s machines? Anyone know how the history for these kind of updates has been in the past? If we have even seen these kind of updates before, come to think of it? Is this comparable to a service pack?

  • Khang Huynh

    Oh yeah, won’t be that long now!