Windows 8.1 Releases to Manufacturing (RTM), General Availability on October 17th, 2013

UPDATE: Windows 8.1 has been released to manufacturing i.e. Windows 8.1 final version (RTM) has been compiled. It'll be released to public on October 17th through Windows Store. Read below for more details.

Many of us are testing recently released Windows 8.1 Preview version which was released free to public:

Download Windows 8.1 Free Preview

This Preview version helps you in testing new features and improvements present in Microsoft's upcoming OS Windows 8.1. Actually Windows 8.1 is an update for Windows 8 and Windows RT OS. It'll fix many annoyances and issues present in Windows 8 and will try to make Windows 8 a perfect OS for Desktops as well as Tablets.
But the free Windows 8.1 Preview version is just a testing build which might contain bugs and issues. That's why its not recommended to use it as a primary OS at the moment. There are many people who are waiting for final RTM release of Windows 8.1 so that they can install it in their computer systems.

We told you earlier that Microsoft may announce Windows 8.1 final RTM version release in the end of August 2013 and guess what, we were right.

Today Microsoft has announced at official Windows blog that Windows 8.1 development has been finished i.e. Windows 8.1 has been released to manufacturing. Windows 8.1 RTM copies have been given to OEM partners so that they can install it on new devices.

General Availability (GA) date has also been announced. Windows 8.1 will be available as a free update for Windows 8 users on 04:00am October 17th through Windows Store.

Windows 8.1 will be available at retail and on new devices starting on October 18th.

MSDN and TechNet subscribers will also get their Windows 8.1 RTM downloads ready on October 18

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