Windows 8.1 build 9471 recently got leaked, not only confirming that Microsoft is very close to completing work on the OS, but also providing us with a near final idea of how it looks.

Needless to say, this particular version packs numerous improvements — large and small.

Most of the bundled Metro apps seem to be complete and there are several new options including one for the Start button to quickly sign out of the operating system.

A new video has just surfaced that shows this build in action. Take a look at it below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkwF_6Mxq2Y

As the clip shows, the Mail, People and many other Metro apps have been updated. And as reported, Skype is now offered as the default messaging client for all users. Many other enhancements can also be seen in the video above.

Microsoft does not comment on leaked builds, but it is safe to assume that build 9471 is a near final version of the operating system, and packs many of the features that will make the cut in the RTM flavor that is set to go live in around a week or so.

Reports on general availability of Windows 8.1, however, are mixed.

While earlier reports claimed that Redmond is looking at bringing the operating system into the hands of end users soon after it hits RTM status, some are suggesting that the technology titan may wait until the middle of October to bring Windows 8.1 to the market.

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