Windows 8.1 Update was officially launched in April, but Microsoft is already working on a second update that's expected to arrive in either August or September.
A post on the Windows Eight Forums claims that Windows 8.1 Update 2, if Microsoft indeed plans to name the second update this way, could arrive in August or September and have 3GB in size.
While we already knew that Windows 8.1 Update 2 is very likely to arrive in August or September, this new post also suggests that the whole pack might have 3GB in size, which could be an indication that several important new features are very likely to be included.
And still, it appears that the Start menu will be missing from Windows 8.1 Update 2, as Microsoft continues work on this particular feature and doesn't plan to bring it to the market sooner than early 2015. This pretty much means that the Start menu is very likely to debut in Windows 9, the next full version of the operating system that could be released in April 2015.
According to the same forum post, all these details have been provided by a company support engineer, so we should really take all of them with a pinch of salt because Microsoft is very unlikely to share so important plans with workers and even allow them to disclose them to customers.
Here's the full forum posting along with the new Windows 8.1 Update 2 details:
“Spoke to a helpful rep and he sorted out my issue with the phone activation application. I asked him about Windows 9 and he said it was about a year away but they were being trained on update 2 for August or September time frame which will be served up by the store apparently and it is another 3Gb download. That is what I was told, now whether to believe them I don't know but what the heck would they be doing with a 3Gb download to update the OS? “
Windows 8.1 Update 2 will obviously be offered free of charge to everyone running Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update, and although the parent company hasn't disclosed such details until now, it's very likely to be offered through Windows Update for a much faster installation process.
People familiar with the matter have said that the second Windows 8.1 update is expected to debut in August or September, so more details on this should be provided soon.