Windows 8.1 will begin rolling out worldwide as a free update for consumers on Windows 8 through the Windows Store at 7pm on 17th October 2013 (Singapore Time). Windows 8.1 will also be available at retail and on new devices starting from 18th October 2013.

Windows 8 was launched last year in Singapore on the 26th October 2012.

Windows 8.1
Windows 8.1

Here are three new features that are new in Windows 8.1 that you will definitely like:

  • Desktop and Start Screen
    The return of Start Button. Improvements have been made to better support users who prefer a mouse and keyboard experience to access applications.
  • Boot to Desktop
    We have made configuration options available which will allow you to boot directly to the desktop in Windows 8.1.
  • Variable, Continuous Size of Snap Views
    You have more ways to see multiple apps on the screen at once. You can resize apps to nearly infinite sized windows, share the screen between two apps, or have up to three apps on each monitor.

Source: Mark your calendars for Windows 8.1!