We more or less know that Development of Windows 8.1 is already complete, which further confirms previous speculations as to when Microsoft’s primary operating system would be updated – the time frame does seem to be in time for the coming holidays this winter (at least for those of us who happen to live in the northern hemisphere). The “release to manufacturing” name (RTM) does seem to have a sense of finality, it is far from being the complete and polished article – I believe that very rarely is a software released perfect without any more need for improvements or fixes. Chances are development on the Windows 8 platform will continue moving forward until its general availability that is slated for October 17th happens.
What will happen between now and then? Microsoft is said to roll out a bunch of “quick fix engineering” (QFE) updates to the manufacturers as they continue to work on the next bunch of updates. How about Windows RT 8.1, you ask? Microsoft does seem to be hard at work on a second generation Surface tablet which will hopefully perform a whole lot better in the market than the older Windows RT tablet, and Windows Phone 8.1 also seems to be on track to hit the markets sometime in the first half of next year.