Windows 8.1 could be released to download in October, according to reports on Tuesday.
ZDNet reported that the system will be sent to manufacturers in August before it arrives in stores sometime in mid-October. Last year, Windows 8 was available to the public on Oct. 26.
The Verge website, in a similar report, said the final update won’t be made until mid-October.
It said that Windows 8.1 will have improvements on multitasking, smaller Live Tiles, Bing-powered search engine, and it adds back the Windows Start Menu. The website cited the leaked build, Build 9471, which is the near-final version of the OS.
A more modern-style interface, better apps, and more options are available.
And The Register reported that Microsoft won’t post the release-to-manufacturers (RTM) build on either MSDN or TechNet, which is usually the case for new versions of operating systems.
Microsoft did not officially comment on the October release date in any of the media reports.