Windows 8.1 Update 2 Arrives August 12, MSDN Launch Three Days Later

A few days, then. Microsoft is gearing up to release the second refresh of the Windows 8.1 platform, in the form of Update 2, with all signs pointing towards a release next month.

August 12 is now said to be the day of the public debut.

While curiously, Windows 8.1 Update 2 will show up for MSDN subscribers on August 15 — which is another way of saying a manually downloadable version will be up for grabs in a few days’ time, if Microsoft releases it solely via the Windows Update feature.

The major point of discussion here is the reason why Redmond has opted for this secrecy before launch.

There were hints, primarily from Terry Myerson, the head of the operating systems division at Microsoft, who said at this year’s BUILD developer conference that the Start Menu and the ability to run Metro apps in windows on the desktop might would arrive with the second update to Windows 8.1.

But it appears, the software titan changed these plans, reserving these important features for the next full version of the operating system, Windows 9.

For now, we await an official announcement for Windows 8.1 Update 2, and what exactly it brings, as we get closer to the rumored August 12 launch date. Bring it on!

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