Microsoft will release the final version of Windows 8.1 as a free update to all Windows 8 users on Thursday, October 17, 2013.
What’s new? Microsoft will bring back the ‘Start’ button to Windows 8.1. Though the ‘Start’ button will not bring back the classic Windows Start Menu, it will just bring you to the Windows 8 Start Screen.
Microsoft will also now enable a ‘Boot to Desktop’ feature which will bring you directly to the Windows Desktop on start up instead of the Windows 8 Start Screen. You can now also set a custom wallpaper on your Start Screen.
There are also tons of a new features and enhancements. Keep a lookout on October 17.