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Are you still bothered by the current incarnation of Windows? You may not have to wait much longer for the next upgrade – Microsoft announced the pricing tiers for the upcoming Windows 8.1 on Tuesday far ahead of its expected October 18th release.

Windows 8.1 will be a free update for users who already have Windows 8, but individuals upgrading to Windows 8.1 from an earlier version must pay the given rates.

US-based customers can purchase Windows 8.1 for $119.99 and Windows 8.1 Pro for $199.99. An upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro from a device pre-installed with Windows 8.1 will be $99.99.

Windows 8.1 will be a must-have update for [Windows 8] devices – bringing new features and improvements such as greater personalization, Bing Smart Search, and more than 20 new and improved Microsoft apps and services, was written on the Windows blog. We are excited to be delivering such an important update to customers in just one month and nearly a year after launching Windows 8.

The operating system will be offered as an upgrade, full-version software, and Windows 8.1 Enterprise RTM (for volume licensing purposes). The installation will also be available as both a digital download and in physical DVD form in most retail stores.

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You can read up and view some of the new Windows 8.1 features already by checking out this piece on Windows 8.1 Preview: Get Your Start Button Back: Windows 8.1 Preview Is Now Available To The Public For Free.

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The official download will roll out starting at 12:00am on October 18th in New Zealand.

Will you upgrade to Windows 8.1 immediately? Do you foresee any potential problems with the new 8.1? What do you like or not like about Windows 8?

Source: Windows Blog via TheNextWeb | Image Credit: Microsoft Sweden

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