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Report: Windows 8.1 is ready to ship

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.

Windows 8.1 digital download will be released October 17, full retail launch October 18

Mark your calendars! Microsoft just made the Windows 8.1 release date official.

Reports: Microsoft's holding Windows 8.1 until October to launch it with new hardware

Computer makers will get the final version of Windows 8.1 later this August, but you won't see it for a few months.

Windows 8.1 steps up security with biometrics, encryption, and more

Windows 8.1 Preview promises a safer experience, from antivirus and malware protections baked into IE 11, to VPN and remote-wiping enhancements for business users.

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Microsoft: PC manufacturers will get Windows 8.1 in August

Microsoft's Tami Reller tells its Worldwide Partner Conference that OEMs will have Windows 8.1 by August, as Microsoft reboots its corporate Windows message,

Weekend Project! Install the Windows 8.1 preview

If the Fourth of July's heat is too much, why not sit inside and install Windows 8.1 while you kick back with a refreshing beverage?

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Windows 8.1 'smart search' will show you Bing ads

Microsoft said Tuesday that results generated by its "smart search" technology will have ads from Bing. Hurray.

Windows 8's Windows Store hits the 100,000 app milestone as it gains momentum

Microsoft's Windows Store crosses a major milestone as it gains post-BUILD momentum.

Windows 8.1 isn't just an OS, it's a lesson in course correction

Microsoft demonstrated a renewed willingness to listen to its customers, delivering a ton of new features. That's worth cheering for.

How to boot to desktop mode in Windows 8.1

Microsoft added this much-needed option to the Windows 8.1 update. Here's how to enable it.