The media was abuzz with rumors this past Friday. And Monday morning saw the release of several Windows 8.1 RTM screenshots claiming that the upcoming operating system had reached this very important milestone.
And now Redmond has finally (and officially, of course) confirmed that Windows 8.1 has hit RTM status.
The software titan further revealed that OEMs around the world are getting the operating system as we speak, to load it onto PCs and devices that are slated to hit the store shelves in a few months.
Microsoft made it official in a blog post, straight and to the point:
“We’ve hit an important milestone for Windows and for Microsoft—just 10 months after delivering on a bold, generational change in computing with Windows 8, our team is proud to share that we have started releasing Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 to our hardware partners.”
This new operating system is set to bring several notable changes (and more importantly, refinements) to the vanilla Windows 8, including a Start button that is there to make the platform a little bit more familiar for users of older versions of Windows — Windows XP, Vista, or 7.
Microsoft hopes and expects to see a lot of such users upgrade to migrate to Windows 8.1.
Windows 8.1 is on track to be officially unveiled on October 18, though Windows 8 adopters will be allowed to download the OS upgrade free of charge from the Windows Store a day earlier, October 17.