Windows 8.1, previously known as Windows Blue, is an update for Windows so we’ve rounded up its release date, new features and price. Updated 02/09/2013.

See also: How to try out Windows 8.1 Preview in the UK

Microsoft has said that it will change ‘key aspects’ of its Windows 8 operating system for PCs, laptops and tablets, admitting that the steep learning curve for users is ‘definitely real’. See also: Microsoft to change ‘key aspects’ of OS with Windows Blue.

“Not only will Windows 8.1 respond to customer feedback, but it will add new features and functionality that advance the touch experience and mobile computing’s potential. Windows 8.1 will deliver improvements and enhancements in key areas like personalization, search, the built-in apps, Windows Store experience, and cloud connectivity.”

Read on to find out exactly what Windows 8.1 is and how it will affect you.

Windows 8.1: Release date

Windows 8.1 will be officially launched at the Microsoft Build developer conference in San Francisco on June 26. But you won’t be able to get hold of it immediately. The final version will be available as a free downloadable Windows 8 update ‘late 2013’, according to Microsoft. At that point also expect some new Windows Blue hardware in time for Christmas.

Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 8.1 will be released on 17 October at midday in the UK. “It’s very exciting to be delivering Windows 8.1 to consumers just before Windows 8 celebrates its 1-year anniversary.” it said.

It will be available as retail and on new device starting from 18 October.

For now you can give the Windows 8.1 Preview a trial run. See also: How to try out Windows 8.1 Preview in the UK.

What is Windows 8.1 (aka Windows Blue)?

Windows Blue is a new version of the Windows 8 operating system which Microsoft is working on. Instead of releasing service packs, Microsoft will issue new versions of the OS much like Apple does with OS X.

The firm already does a similar thing with Windows Phone, for example, 7.5 ‘Mango’ and 8 ‘Apollo’.

Tammi Reller, head of marketing and finance for the Windows, said: “It will deliver the latest new innovations across an increasingly broad array of form factors of all sizes, display, battery life and performance, while creating new opportunities for our ecosystem. It will provide more options for businesses, and give consumers more options for work and play.”

Windows 8.1: What new features will it bring?

Microsoft has given a ‘first look’ at Windows 8.1, detailing some of the new features which will arrive with the update.

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