Dell's XPS 10 tablet and Lenovo's Yoga 11 hybrid with Windows RT have been discontinued, but the companies will provide customers free upgrades to the latest Windows RT 8.1 when the OS comes out later this month.
Microsoft forced Windows 8 users to upgrade from a previous edition. But Windows 8.1 will ship in standalone versions, making it much easier for new users to dive in.
The RTM's out, and it shows that Microsoft listened. The Modern UI plays better with the desktop, and other improvements.
Reversing course, Microsoft said Monday that it will make Windows 8.1 available to developers via MSDN and TechNet.
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With Stephen Elop tapped to run Microsoft's devices division, the former Microsoft exec has jumped ahead in the pack of candidates vying to replace CEO Steve Ballmer.
Microsoft has started sending Windows 8.1 to its hardware manufacturers, hitting the so-called RTM milestone for the much-awaited update to Windows 8.
Just 10 scant months after the release of Windows 8, the expansive Windows 8.1 update is officially done.
According to multiple reports, Microsoft has released Windows 8.1 to manufacturing, known as RTM. That will give hardware makers time to test the new OS before its release on Oct. 18.
Mark your calendars! Microsoft just made the Windows 8.1 release date official.
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