A new major update for Windows 8.1 is coming very soon. Windows 8.1 Update 2 (which is essentially Service Pack 2 for 8.1) will reportedly be delivered through the Windows Update mechanism. This is different from the Windows 8.1 update which had to be downloaded and installed through the Windows Store. According to the source Windows 8.1 Update 2 will no longer be named “Windows 8.2” because Microsoft doesn’t want to cause confusion and it also doesn’t want to give the impression that major changes will be made because many of the changes are moderate and incremental.
Windows 8.1 Update 2 is expected to be a pivotal update for Microsoft. Apparently buying a Windows 8.1 Update 2 license will enable users to gain free access to Windows 9 when that comes out later next year. Microsoft will also, as reported by the source, charge a fee for Windows 8 users to upgrade to Windows 8.1 Update 2, allowing them to skip the hassle of upgrading to Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update 1 first. Stay tuned for more details on Windows 8.1 as we get them.
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