Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 go gold, but no bits for you
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 12:36 Written by admin Tuesday, 27 August 2013 12:36
You can’t have your Windows8.1 RTM cookie and eat it too. Or you can, but you need to be a hardware manufacturer. The gold versions of Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 have shipped to Microsoft’s hardware partners to be pre-installed on devices shipping ahead of the holiday season. Some wonderful timing, after all, what are you going to buy this Christmas? Another iPad? Why not try a Surface for a change?
If you’re an end user, you won’t get the final bits of Windows 8.1 until October 17. In fact, despite the fact that Windows 8.1 was release to manufacturing, the Redmond company won’t share the RTM version even with developers. From Microsoft:
That means our hardware partners are now preparing their devices for the holiday buying season, beginning with the general availability of Windows 8.1 starting at 12:00 A.M. on October 18 in New Zealand (4:00 P.M. October 17 in Redmond). We expect many new devices, varying in size, price and form factors. Current Windows 8 customers will be able to update to Windows 8.1 from the Windows Store for free and enjoy all the new features and benefits.
Getting your apps ready today
You can begin publishing apps built for Windows 8.1 starting on the day of General Availability. You can already get started building apps today with Visual Studio 2013 Preview and Windows 8.1 Preview. The Windows Dev Center is your main reference for building apps, and it’s also where you’ll find essential downloads to get started with your project.
- If you’re building a Windows Store app today, or you already have an app in the Store, and want to update your app to Windows 8.1, here’s what you need to know. You can use Visual Studio 2013 to retarget your app package for Windows 8.1, and you may also want to take advantage of some of the new features available in Windows 8.1 like flexible window layout views, new controls, and improved in-app search.
- If you already have an iOS app and you’re thinking about building for Windows 8.1, we recommend you visit our resources for iOS developers.
- If you’re just starting to learn about Windows Store apps, we have a great overview on the Windows Dev Center and more specific information in our Getting Started area.
As we approach the general availability of Windows 8.1 and of Visual Studio 2013, we’ll provide guidance on this blog and in the Windows Dev Center on how to make sure your app is ready for publishing to the Windows Store in 8.1.