Despite the bugs they’re currently touting as features, according to Microsoft, Windows 8.1 is on track to ship in August of 2013.
If there’s one thing that I really like about MaryJo Foley, its that she has her fingers on the pulse that is Microsoft’s life blood. She knows what’s going on and is kind enough to share it with the rest of us. I’ve had a number of conversations with her and I’ve always found her to be if not 100% dead-on-right, at least accurate enough to help me stay current and relevant.
I saw an article earlier this week (Monday 2013-07-08) where MJF is confirming information that had been previously leaked by “individuals close to the situation.” Windows 8.1, code named, “Blue,” despite its bugs, is still on target to ship before the end of August 2013.
Also interestingly enough, the GA (general availability) – i.e. availability to consumers already running Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 Preview – of the new OS is said to be either same day as its released to manufacturing and to OEM partners, or shortly there after (meaning days and not weeks or months). This type of behavior is unusual for Microsoft who normally schedules GA for 4-8 weeks after any specific software title RTM’s. Perhaps this has something to do with the retirement of TechNet. Perhaps it doesn’t. Either way, its still a very interesting change in behavior.
So, if you’ve got Windows 8.1 Consumer Preview installed, you won’t have it installed for long; and you’re going to need to rebuild your machine in order to install the production bits.