According to PCmag on Wednesday, Windows 8.1 operating systems is now available for pre-order.
Don't fret, if you already have Windows 8, you can upgrade for free later this month. While Windows 7 users can pre-order the new 8.1 via Microsoft's online store. Windows 8.1 will cost $119 while the Pro version will cost $199. If a PC is purchased with Windows 8.1 already installed, users will be able to upgrade to Pro for $100.
Windows 8.1 is Microsoft's first major update for Windows 8, which released in October 2012. The upgrade includes more personalization, Internet Explorer 11, built-in apps, improved Windows Store experience, Bing-powered search, and cloud connectivity with SkyDrive. While the The version includes enhanced security and the ability to host a remote desktop connection or connect to a school or corporate network.
Windows 8.1 is scheduled for release first in New Zealand at 12 a.m. local time October 18, or 7 a.m. Eastern time.
'One shift to note in Windows 8.1 is that we will be offering 'full version software' at retail and online for download that does not require a previous version of Windows in order to be installed,' Microsoft said. 'This shift allows more flexibility for customers in specific technical scenarios and is in response to feedback we've received.'