Windows 8.1

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Windows 8.1
A version of the Windows NT operating system
Windows 8 logo and wordmark.svg
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Default Windows 8.1 start screen.
DeveloperMicrosoft
OS familyMicrosoft Windows
Source model
Released to
manufacturing
August 27, 2013; 8 years ago (2013-08-27)[1]
General
availability
October 17, 2013; 8 years ago (2013-10-17)[2]
Latest release6.3.9600 / April 8, 2014; 7 years ago (2014-04-08)[3]
Update methodWindows Update, Windows Store, Windows Server Update Services
PlatformsIA-32, x64
Kernel typeHybrid
LicenseTrialware, Microsoft Software Assurance, MSDN subscription, Microsoft Imagine
Preceded byWindows 8 (2012)
Succeeded byWindows 10 (2015)
Official websitewww.microsoft.com/windows
Support status
All editions except Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry:
  • Mainstream support ended on January 9, 2018
  • Extended support until January 10, 2023
  • With the exception of Windows Embedded 8 Standard users, upgrading to a compatible edition of Windows 8.1 is required for all Windows 8 users to receive updates and support after January 12, 2016[4]

Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry:
  • Mainstream support ended on July 10, 2018[5]
  • Extended support until July 11, 2023[5]

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]

  1. Bott, Ed (28 August 2013). "Why is Microsoft keeping the final release of Windows 8.1 secret?". ZDNet. CBS Interactive.
  2. LeBlanc, Brandon (17 October 2013). "Windows 8.1 now available!". Windows Experience Blog. Microsoft.
  3. "Why I love today's Windows 8.1 Update". Windows Experience Blog. April 8, 2014.
  4. "Microsoft Support Lifecycle, Windows 8". Microsoft. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Product lifecycle Windows 8.1 Industry". support.microsoft.com. Retrieved August 21, 2020.