Microsoft has announced yesterday that Windows 8.1 would be launched on October 18 for basically everyone, so MSDN and TechNet subscribers will get the final bits of the operating system at the same time as end users.
Of course, the decision to delay the MSDN launch caused anger among developers, who expected to receive the first major overhaul a lot earlier, just to have enough time to tweak their apps.
And these expectations pretty much make sense, especially because Windows 8.1 packs lots of new APIs that would require additional work on a number of applications.
Microsoft, on the other hand, recommends developers to get Windows 8.1 Preview and continue work on this particular version of the OS.
“We are moving to a world of more continuous updates delivered in-product. This rapid release schedule means our customers, including our large community of developers, are getting access to updates at a much faster pace. We are working to streamline that experience by delivering product updates through the Windows Store,” a company spokesperson was quoted as saying by TechCrunch
“For developers who want to begin building and testing apps for Windows 8.1, they already have all the tools they need using Visual Studio 2013 Preview and Windows 8.1 Preview.”
, on the other hand, are quickly reaching the Internet, so chances are that not only users, but also developers across the world might turn to this type of release to try out certain applications.
Of course, Microsoft recommends everyone to wait until the official release and avoid installing any leaks that reach the web via unofficial channels.
Windows 8.1 will be officially unveiled for everyone on October 18, while Windows 8 adopters will be allowed to download it from the Store at absolutely no cost one day earlier.