Windows 8.1 release date announced – October 18

logo-microsoftMicrosoft has finally announced a Windows 8.1 release date – midnight, October 18, New Zealand-time.

The free update will begin rolling out to all Windows 8-powered systems globally from that point.

The release will mark the first time the software giant has released a ‘.1′ update to a Windows operating system since the days of Windows 3 back in 1992. It’s expected to partially address one of the major complaints of the original release, that being the lack of a Start button. But unlike Windows 7 where the Start button launched a desktop menu, the new Windows 8.1 Start button is expected to simply launch a slightly-modified version of the Modern UI All Apps interface, so it’s unlikely to appeal to everyone.

However, there are numerous plug-ins that can restore the old Start menu system, one of the most popular being the free Classic Shell.

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