Microsoft (MSFT) announced on Wednesday that Windows 8.1, know previously as “Windows Blue”, will be released next month.
The new update to Windows 8 will be available to download on Oct. 17. Stores and new devices will start carrying 8.1 the next day. 8.1 is a free update to Windows 8 that will expand what the operating system can do. Included in the update is the addition of Microsoft’s iconic “Start” button, which was missing from Window 8’s initial release. Windows 8.1 will also include the file manager Skyrive, Internet Explorer 11 and Windows Store 2.0. The new Windows store will allow users to run multiple apps at a time and also features automatic updating, reports the International Business Times.
The Windows 8.1 release will allow users to start their computers in the traditional desktop style used in Windows’ previous operating systems.