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Microsoft denies Windows 8.1 Update 2 plans

Microsoft denies Windows 8.1 Update 2 plans

Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc has denied reports that a major update dubbed Windows 8.1 Update 2 is in the works, stating categorically that future releases will be gradual.

Microsoft has denied claims that it is to launch a major update to Windows 8.1 next week, stating categorically that the next Patch Tuesday will be a minor one.

Following the release of the mandatory Windows 8.1 Update 1 in April, press reports have claimed that Microsoft is planning a Windows 8.1 Update 2 release with numerous enhancements, changes and bug fixes. Similar in scope to the original Update 1, Update 2 was reported to be scheduled for the 12th of August - the second Tuesday of that month, Microsoft's typical Patch Tuesday date.

While there will be updates available next week, Microsoft has denied that they will include a major platform upgrade. 'Rather than waiting for months and bundling together a bunch of improvements into a larger update as we did for the Windows 8.1 Update, customers can expect that we’ll use our already existing monthly update process to deliver more frequent improvements along with the security updates normally provided as part of “Update Tuesday,”' claimed Microsoft's Brendon LeBlanc in a blog post published late last night. 'So despite rumors and speculation, we are not planning to deliver a Windows 8.1 “Update 2.”'

What the company will be releasing next week is a small batch of patches that add minor improvements and new functionality to the Windows 8.1 operating system. Most impressive among these is new application programming interfaces (API) for using Miracast under Wi-Fi Direct, allowing hardware vendors to develop drivers to turn laptops, desktops and even tablets into wireless display receivers. Another fix will boost the precision of the touchpad with new user-visible control options, while a third will reduce the number of login prompts federated users receive when accessing SharePoint Online.

These updates, plus the usual security patches, will be available through Windows Update on Tuesday the 12th of August.

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Corky42 6th August 2014, 12:47 Quote
I wonder how long it will take to update Windows 8 when it's near end of support.
Due to no SP2 for Windows 7 we already have to spend an hour or two after installing W7SP1 downloading gigabytes of updates (if you don't slipstream).
ffjason 6th August 2014, 19:27 Quote
Considering Microsoft release an .iso version of Windows 8.1 Update when it released, there aren't many fixes since then to install.
In comparison to Windows 7 which has nearly 200 patches since SP1 it doesn't look like Windows 8 will end up in that state.
Corky42 6th August 2014, 20:28 Quote
Yea because Windows 8.1 isn't going to get anywhere near the 200, whoops i mean 601 patches that Windows 7 has received in the three years since SP1.

After all it's only been 9 months since 8.1 and we have 118 updates so far.
yodasarmpit 6th August 2014, 22:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by Corky42
Yea because Windows 8.1 isn't going to get anywhere near the 200, whoops i mean 601 patches that Windows 7 has received in the three years since SP1.

After all it's only been 9 months since 8.1 and we have 118 updates so far.
That's some pretty awesome after sales support when you think about it. :)
ArcAngeL 8th August 2014, 14:21 Quote
If the shift to a free ISO download for every build, they would be able to reduce bandwidth and power on their update centre, people who plan on doing a rebuild, could simply download the ISO and install.

When I rebuild from win 8, I had to patch, update to 8.1 and patch again took most of a day.

Oh and why? My tech net generated key won't work with windows 8.1 ISO. :l
Anfield 9th August 2014, 12:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by yodasarmpit
That's some pretty awesome after sales support when you think about it. :)

A trend that is about to change as they also announced they will only provide updates for the latest version of Internet Explorer starting in 2016, only a question of time until Microsoft Operating Systems get the same treatment.
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