Windows 8.1 RTM May Be Finalized, But Microsoft Continues Work On The OS

Microsoft seems to have finally completed development of the RTM version of Windows 8.1, the upcoming refresh of its flagship operating system. The full build string of the RTM version reads 9600.16384.130821-1623.

But according to the latest report, the software titan seems poised to continue optimizing and fine tuning the operating system until the official release date — October 18.

Paul Thurrott of writes that the software titan has already finalized Windows 8.1 RTM and the operating system should be heading off to hardware partners anytime now. But despite that, the company is set to deliver what it is calling Quick Fix Engineering (QFE) updates from here on.

These updates will continue to be integrated into the OS until it reaches general availability.

The idea is to release these interim fixes to PC and hardware makers in time for the official launch, thereby giving these companies ample time to prepare their upcoming devices for the big launch.

Thurrott further reports (citing insider sources) that end users will get all these updates delivered straight to their computers via the Windows Update option — in the last three days before the operating system hits general availability.

Microsoft surely does not want to leave any stone unturned in order to ensure that it delivers the best experience straight out of the box.

This is pretty neat news, what do you guys think?