Windows 8.1 RTM Will Be Ready By August
Ryan Martin / 4 years ago
According to the Windows Blog the RTM (release to manufacturing) version of the Windows 8.1 operating system will be released in early August giving OEMs and partners a chance to tweak and tune the Windows 8.1 operating system for their particular hardware configurations. This then gives them 1-2 months to “play around” with Windows 8.1 before it is officially unveiled in October when the formal launch is actually expected. Availability should actually come with the formal launch too if OEM partners do their bit.
OEMs will be given the usual disc image of Windows 8.1 which will essentially be the final version customers will receive. Company’s can then batch add their software, drivers and so on for each different product in their portfolio. They will also be given a huge roll of license key stickers for Windows 8.1. The RTM version is always quite early in the release process but has to be to give companies the time they need. That said end-users buying Windows 8.1 PCs should expect to be dumped with a tonne of updates as soon as they set the new PC up at home, 1-2 months worth of updates.
Remember Windows 8.1 is currently available on a free consumer preview so be sure to check it out here if you’re interested.
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