After quite a few rumors had predicted it recently, Microsoft confirmed today that it is releasing Windows 8.1 to manufacturing. What this means is that the company’s hardware partners can now get their machines ready ahead of the scheduled Windows 8.1 release on October 17th. Though it appears that people won’t have to wait for October now if they’re willing to dive into the world of piracy. The Windows 8.1 final build has reportedly leaked online and is being spreaded through various file sharing websites.

This leaked build contains all of the changes that Microsoft has made after it released the public preview a few months ago. Changes include a new Help + Tips app, Reading View in Internet Explorer 11 as well as built in Skype app. The Windows 8.1 final build that has leaked online is reportedly a localized Chinese version, it is said that English variants are being prepared as well. The official Windows 8.1 release won’t take place before October 17th. It goes without saying that one should exercise caution when downloading files from online sharing sites. Installing this leaked build is not recommended, because its not an official release, and there always is the possibility that it might be corrupted or tampered with.

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