Microsoft released Windows 8.1 late last week, leaving many Windows users rushing to the Windows Store to update their version of Windows as soon as possible. As with all software updates, it looks there’s a minor snag Microsoft didn’t anticipate prior to the Windows 8.1 launch that is reportedly leaving many Surface RT users with bricked devices after they update their tablets.
Because of this issue, Microsoft has had no choice but to pull the Windows 8.1 update from the Windows Store in order to keep further Surface RTs from bricking. Microsoft has published a statement on its Answers site regarding why they withdrew the Windows 8.1 update from the Windows Store:
“Windows RT 8.1. Microsoft is investigating a situation affecting a limited number of users updating their Windows RT devices to Windows RT 8.1. As a result, we have temporarily removed the Windows RT 8.1 update from the Windows Store. We are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and apologize for any inconvenience. We will provide updates as they become available.”
In addition to the issue Windows 8.1 has had bricking Surface RT devices, a number of users are also reporting the updated Internet Explorer in Windows 8.1 doesn’t seem to be playing nice with Outlook and a number of Google services. Hopefully it won’t be too long until Microsoft decides to released Windows 8.1.1 to help alleviate some of these issues.