Windows 8.1 RTM Has Already Passed 2 Million Downloads

/ 3 years ago


Microsoft’s Tami Reller, Vice President of Marketing, has been bragging to V3 and IDF 2013 that the Windows 8.1 RTM has already surpassed 2 million downloads. That number has been boosted by the fact Microsoft reversed its decision to offer TechNet and MSDN subscribers access as late as October 18th. That initial decision infuriated many developers as they couldn’t get the legitimate copy of the OS that they needed to successfully update their programs and apps before the official consumer launch which is also on October 18th. Just four days Microsoft reversed that decision, making the Windows 8.1 RTM available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers and 4 days later the Windows 8.1 RTM rushes past 2 million downloads.

“It’s a big week this week for Windows 8.1; we’ve seen incredible uptake already. So far on Windows 8.1 we’ve seen more than two million downloads, so it’s definitely getting a bit of chatter out there in the marketplace.”

Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 will be unveiled on October 18th next month and the OS is expected to give Windows 8 a much needed boost by fixing and tweaking many of the things users didn’t like about Windows 8.

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  • Wayne

    Personally I don’t mind Win 8 but I’ll just wait until it’s officially released before I download it. In the meantime I’ll keep using 7 as my primary OS. What bugs me is the fact that when I get around to formatting my personal rig sometime, I have massive, time consuming, data eating downloads to do. I’ll just have to live with that.

    • Russell Copeland

      same here. damn games take forever to download lol.. about to reformat my machine from Monday onwards.

      • Skidmarks

        Good luck with that buddy. Fortunately for me, my games are still on disk. I’ll only switch to digital download when I’m forced to and that’ll be a while yet. The line speeds & data costs make that a non option here, along with a lot of other countries.

        • Russell Copeland

          lol the ones I have on disk if steam has the game it doesn’t install it from the disk but downloads it from steam ¬___¬

          • Skidmarks

            Yeah, Steam caters nicely to us PC gamers especially with their killer specials but unfortunately I can’t take advantage of that. I’ve only recently got Bioshock Infinite on disk because I usually wait until it goes on special, now if I used Steam for downloading games I could’ve got it months ago on special but I’m not going to cool my heels waiting for GTA V’s price to drop, I’m going to bite the bullet and pay full price (assuming it gets released on PC).

  • Anonymus

    and the Torrent I think that noumber is over 3mil. ….

  • Zeed

    I love 8.1 best system after 7 64. And not many bugs in RTM. Some chrome problems tho