|A version of the Windows NT operating system|
|OS family||Microsoft Windows|
|Released to |
|August 27, 2013|
|October 17, 2013|
|Latest release||6.3.9600 / April 8, 2014|
|Update method||Windows Update, Windows Store, Windows Server Update Services|
|License||Trialware, Microsoft Software Assurance, MSDN subscription, Microsoft Imagine|
|Preceded by||Windows 8 (2012)|
|Succeeded by||Windows 10 (2015)|
|All editions except Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry: |
Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry:
Windows 8.1 is a version of Microsoft Windows and the second version of Windows 8.x. It was released on October 17, 2013, the same day as Windows Server 2012 R2. It is a new version of the Windows NT 6.x line, since it changes the version number from 6.2 to 6.3. It is a free update for Windows 8 that can be found in the Windows Store. When Windows 10 was released, Windows 8.1 could be upgraded to Windows 10 for free.
Features[change | change source]
The important new features are:
- The Start button, instead of pointing at the bottom left corner of the taskbar
- Internet Explorer 11
- support for 3D printing
- Wi-Fi Direct
References[change | change source]
- Bott, Ed (28 August 2013). "Why is Microsoft keeping the final release of Windows 8.1 secret?". ZDNet. CBS Interactive.
- LeBlanc, Brandon (17 October 2013). "Windows 8.1 now available!". Windows Experience Blog. Microsoft.
- "Why I love today's Windows 8.1 Update". Windows Experience Blog. April 8, 2014.
- "Product lifecycle Windows 8.1 Industry". support.microsoft.com. Retrieved August 21, 2020.