Microsoft have confirmed that the Windows 8.1 update (formerly referred to as Windows Blue) will launch on October 17, 2013.
Free to existing Windows 8 users, the upgrade will be made available through the Windows Update system, as well as through retail channels and pre-loaded on brand new devices.
“Windows 8.1 continues the vision we began with Windows 8 and is an example of our commitment to continuous innovation and improvement for our customers,” said Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc.
“And Windows 8.1 brings many improvements in areas like personalization, Internet Explorer 11, search which is powered by Bing, built-in apps including a few new ones, an improved Windows Store experience, and cloud connectivity with SkyDrive (and much more) that people will enjoy.”
Windows 8.1 brings a number of improvements to the Windows 8 operating system, including deeper SkyDrive cloud storage integration and deeper customisation options, as well as the long-awaited return of the desktop Start button.