As we have reported earlier, sources have revealed that Microsoft completed work on Windows 8.1 RTM this past Friday, and the operating system is now on its way to OEMs and hardware partners.

And just a couple of hours ago, a very small screenshot made its way to the web.

It shows what appears to be the final build string of Windows 8.1, confirming that Microsoft has indeed finalized the major development work on its anticipated new operating system.

The screenshot is pretty low on details — it does not show any changes — but still confirms that Microsoft has completed work on the RTM version of Windows 8.1. And this particular build will be landing in the offices of pretty much all OEMs in the coming days.

Obviously, there is no way to tell whether the image is legit. But it does serve as an indication that Windows 8.1 RTM is completed, as promised, before the end of August.

A couple of analysts have raised concerns about the slow pace that projects get completed at Redmond. But if these past few months are an indication, the software titan seems to have finally picked up its game. Windows 8.1 is its biggest bet for long term success, after all.

Microsoft is now well on track for the October 18 release date that it has already made official.

And needless to say — the world is waiting.

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