Windows 8.1 Update 2 to Be Offered for Free via Windows Update

More rumors on the next Windows 8.1 update got leaked

Microsoft hasn't talked too much about the second Windows 8.1 update, but we already know quite a lot of details about what's to come for adopters of this new OS version thanks to leaks and reports coming from people who have a good track on providing information on next Microsoft projects.

This time, Windows 8.1 Update 2 is the center focus, as information arriving via Russian forums indicate that Microsoft is planning to offer it via Windows Update, just like it was the case of its predecessor.

Previous reports on the matter indicated that Microsoft might plan to offer Windows 8.1 Update 2 to users through the Windows Store, in order to make it easier for everyone to download it and thus make sure that no installation problems would be experienced.

It's a well-known fact that Windows 8.1 Update caused quite a lot of problems to users who tried to install it, in most cases due to hardware compatibility issues, but Microsoft launched several patches to address the issues and thus make it possible for everyone running Windows 8.1 to deploy it.

Microsoft News writes that the software company has also dumped the idea of calling the upcoming update Windows 8.2 and will instead go for a designation that better describes its purpose. Windows 8.1 Update 2 is a pack of improvements for Windows 8.1 users, so such a name pretty much makes sense.

Windows 8.1 Update 2 is also believed to play a key role for future OS versions, as Microsoft might also make it available with a fee for Windows 8 users who'd like to install this particular release directly, without going through the pain of installing Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update.

What's more, people close to the matter are sayin that those who buy a new license for Windows 8.1 Update 2 might be allowed to get Windows 9 completely free of charge, while everyone else would have to purchase the new operating system when it comes out in early 2015.

Nothing is confirmed so far, so take everything with a pinch of salt until Microsoft does confirm or deny some of the above tidbits. Windows 8.1 Update 2 is expected to debut in August or September, so the company is very likely to share more information on what's new in this OS version anytime soon as we get closer to the public launch of the new OS version.

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