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Things are moving fast in the world of Windows. With development of the second update for Windows 8.1 currently at an advanced stage, word is that Microsoft have started work on a third refresh.

Some rumors that popped up yesterday hinted at this.

But while the company is yet to talk about these upcoming releases in detail, there is a possibility that one important (and much requested) feature might be part of Windows 8.1 Update 3. Yes, the highly anticipated Start Menu.

Most people expected to see the Start Menu returning in Update 2, which is on track for an August or September launch. Then came the talk that this feature is being reserved for Windows 9 proper.

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However, Microsoft made it clear at the BUILD 2014 developer conference in April that the Start Menu would debut in a future Windows 8.1 Update — without ever mentioning the release date of the said update, or what it would be called.

It turns out that the company might be thinking about Update 3 all along.

The third refresh of Windows 8.1 is estimated to go live just months before Windows 9.

And this would be perfect timing to not only win some users over, but also giving everyone a chance to try out the modern platform, thereby paving the road for the new operating system.

Speculation for now, but Windows 8.1 Update 3 has all the potential to be something really special.

Your thoughts on this, ladies and gentlemen?

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  1. Mike Greenway / June 24, 2014 at 8:09 am /Reply

    Oh Wow, now the world can sleep again, with sleep everyone will be less irritable, It will be the end to all the mean spirited, thoughtless post on the internet.

  2. Sounds as though we are looking at 33.3% chance. No one seems to have a clue at this point if it’ll be on 8.1 2, 8.1 3, or 9. Time will tell.

  3. I still think the start menu should wait for Windows 9. Now if they do a Win8.x update after Windows 9, I’m cool with it

  4. Rodney Longoria / June 25, 2014 at 5:50 pm /Reply

    Well folks, I seriously doubt there will be an Update 3. Why for, when Update 2 is so close and Windows 9 (?) just around the corner. I believe Update 2 will be nothing more than the usual “Update Tuesday”, perhaps a bit larger than normal. Me? I cannot wait for Spring 2015 already.

  5. Moira Whitlock / June 29, 2014 at 1:14 pm /Reply

    Well, I’m ready! I have a homebuild with a brand new SSD all ready to beta test Windows 9. My Windows 8.1 machine, that I built and beta tested Windows 8 on, is ready for its big updates. I’m rather excited to see what the minds of Microsoft have made for me to use and play with.

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