Windows 8.1, the long-awaited update to Windows 8, is coming October 18. But if you want to get a head start, the operating system is now available for pre-order.
Many people consider the launch of Windows 8 to be something of a disappointment – the touch-inspired operating system never really caught fire. Windows 8.1 seeks to fix what Windows 8 got wrong. The operating system now features increased customizability (read: it’s a little bit more like Android) and more powerful search (read: heavy Bing integration). But most importantly, Windows 8.1 brings back the iconic Start button.
Should you pre-order? Well, Windows 8.1 is going to be available for digital download, so there’s no worry about this thing selling out due to insatiable demand. I advise you wait and see instead – if there are giant flaws with the operating system, it’s best to let other people slog through them until Microsoft gets them fixed.
If you’ve already got Windows 8 installed, the upgrade to Windows 8.1 is free. Otherwise, the full retail version of Windows 8.1 will set you back $119.99. Windows 8.1 Pro retails for $199.99. You’ll be able to pre-order either on the Microsoft website.