According to ZDNet’s sources, Microsoft is right on track to deliver the August Update for Windows 8.1 users. The update is expected to arrive on August 12th, 2014 but it will not be anything major. Windows 8.1’s August Update won’t be mandatory and it will include only minor design changes. The original plans of introducing the traditional Start Menu back were dropped months ago and now August Update will be pushed just like any other monthly update.
Windows 8.1 Update 3 dropped in favor of Windows 9
Microsoft’s plan to lure Windows 7 users towards Windows 8 included a customizable Start Menu which was expected to feature in the August Update. Now the plans have changed drastically and the company plans to bring the major design changes in its next installment, Windows 9. Windows 9 is expected to launch in Spring 2015 with early preview builds to come by the end of this year.
Microsoft also dropped the idea of delivering a third update for Windows 8.1 in favor of its unified operating system for all devices. Windows 8.1 Update 3 was expected this fall with some new features and enhancements. The company is picking up some pace in its unified operating system group and all the major changes are now part of Windows 9.
The exclusion of Windows 8.1 Update 3 will not affect the monthly updates and fixes for Windows 8.1 users but the idea behind it is to transfer its Windows 7 and Windows 8 users towards the new OS. Earlier, we reported on the leaked screenshots of Windows 9 Threshold which gave us the idea of how the customizable Start Menu will look like.
From what I understand, if Microsoft brings these design changes in Windows 8.1 Update 3 then users will not upgrade to Windows 9 and that will hurt the unified OS project. Its better to wait another year and perfect a design which is suitable for everyone and then ask them to make the shift. It might be possible that Microsoft will give Windows XP, Vista and 7 users some kind of deal to shift to the new operating system, possibly a free a upgrade as well.
For the time being, Windows 8.1 users will receive the August Update after 10 days while Update 3 could become a possibility if the company experiences any issues with Windows 9.