Just 10 months after delivering on a bold, generational change in computing with Windows 8, Microsoft is proud to share that Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 have been released to hardware partners.

This means that your favourite PC, laptop, and tablet brands are now on the final leg of readying Windows 8.1 for a whole new range of devices expected this fall.

Delivering such a significant, feature-packed update less than a year after the introduction of Windows 8 also reflects an unparalleled level of collaboration across product teams, and re-affirms Microsoft’s commitment to providing rapid releases based on customer feedback.

While our partners are preparing these exciting new devices we will continue to work closely with them as we put the finishing touches on Windows 8.1 to ensure a quality experience at general availability on October 18th. This is the date when Windows 8.1 will be broadly available for commercial customers with or without volume licensing agreements, our broad partner ecosystem, subscribers to MSDN and TechNet, as well as consumers.

By Harry