Windows 8.1 will be available on October 18th in New Zealand at midnight which translates to October 17th at 4am Pacific Time. Microsoft hopes this update will inaugurate a new era for desktop computing. With features like Skydrive integration, built-in Skype functionality and the new and improved Internet Explorer 11 (IE11), Windows 8.1 is a noteworthy update that should be considered.
How to get Windows 8.1
Currently, You can download the Windows 8.1 Public Preview ISO from Microsoft’s website. In a few days, you’ll have the ability to download Windows 8.1 directly from the Windows Store on your Windows 8 PC.
If you’re using Windows 7 you can easily upgrade to Windows 8.1 by buying the retail DVD at $119.99 US dollars or grabbing Windows 8.1 Pro for $199.99. Alternatively, you’ll have the option to download the operating system from Windows.com.
The major pricing difference between Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 is that the former doesn’t require an existing Windows installation. Windows 8.1 is the full operating system; it isn’t an upgrade like Windows 8.
You can read more about the pricing and packaging on the official Microsoft blog.
What do you think of the $119.99 price tag? Is it worth it? Let me know in the comments below.