Windows 8.1 to be released October 18

WINDOWS 8.1 UPDATE. An update for Windows 8 aims to add new features and capabilities to Microsoft's latest operating system. Screen shot from Microsoft

A tweaked version of Microsoft’s Windows operating system which restores the “Start” button missed by users and updates other features will be available on October 18, the company said Wednesday. Windows 8.1 will be offered as a free download to those already using Windows 8, and comes in response to a lukewarm reception to the operating system introduced last year aimed at serving both mobile devices and PCs. A full retail version of Windows 8.1 will also be available on the same date.

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