The Tech Report writes it seems that Microsoft is planning an August 1st launch date for Windows 8.1. The public preview of Windows 8.1 is scheduled to arrive on June 26, which means that if the August launch date is correct, the final release will follow barely over a month later, leaving Microsoft little time to address bug reports and other feedback.
Now that we've been shown a glimpse of the Start button's long-awaited return, only one mystery about Windows 8.1 remains: its release date. If Paul Thurrott (of the eponymous SuperSite for Windows) is to be believed, though, that mystery has already been solved. Here's what he tweeted on Friday:
I thought this was a joke at first, but it doesn't seem to be. One of Thurrott's followers replied to the tweet, saying he was told of an October 18 release date by a "major tech company." Thurrott shot back: "I was told this from someone a little closer to the matter."