Well, the big day is here, at least for current Windows 8 users. Microsoft has officially announced that Windows 8.1 is now available for download in the Windows Store.
So all you Windows 8 loyalists can fire up your download engines!
As promised, Microsoft is offering the first ever refresh of its modern Windows platform free of charge to those running Windows 8 — computers that are powered by an earlier version of the operating system will have to wait until tomorrow, the official launch.
Boxed copies of Windows 8.1 will also hit store shelves tomorrow, and can be bought from $119.99 for the standard version and $199.99 for the Professional flavor of the new operating system.
Microsoft is rolling Windows 8.1 gradually across the world, with the United States being one of the first countries that get the new upgrade.
Here are the official system requirements for Windows 8.1, by the way:
Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
Free hard drive space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
Do keep in mind that if you are running the Preview version of Windows 8.1 (released earlier this year), upgrading to Windows 8.1 RTM will remove all installed apps and settings. However, upgrading from Windows 8 core keeps and saves all your personal settings.
The download automatically takes care of everything and provides a very comfortable upgrade process.
So there you have it, folks — another milestone in the long and illustrious history of the world’s most popular operating platform. Sound off in the comments when you install Windows 8.1 from the Store.