Although Microsoft is yet to provide any solid pointers on development and release date of the second refresh of Windows 8.1, there has been talk that work on this version is almost complete.

In fact, we now even have a release date to play with.

Mary Jo Foley believes that an August launch is very much on the cards, and Microsoft will quietly roll out Windows 8.1 Update 2 as part of the August Patch Tuesday release — which is another way to say that there probably will not be any special press conferences or the usual fanfare.

The reason for this is simple enough.

Windows 8.1 Update 2, so far, looks like it will only bring along performance improvements and some extra patches. No new features are expected to be added in this upcoming build of the OS.

The funny thing is that many expected this second update to the platform to bring back the Start Menu, but according to new information, the return of the feature has been delayed to early 2015. Which is, conveniently, the time Windows 9 is expected to hit store shelves.

For the time being, file this as a rumor, but a very reliable one. August, it probably is.

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  • Coconuts10

    1. This update sounds like it’ll be pretty standard. 2. I’m a little surprised with how early this is being released. Seems like it’s ahead of schedule.

  • Paul Jefferson

    August 12th is probably their goal, but I wouldn’t be shocked if it’s pushed back a couple of weeks. Nevertheless, getting the update during August at some point is fine by me.

  • WillyThePooh

    I haven’t seen the preview for win9 yet. Why do they all say win9 will come out early 2015? Do they mean the win9 preview will come out then?

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