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‘Windows 9 free to Windows 8.1 Update 2 PC buyers’

Posted at 20 June 2014 22:24 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

A new post from Russian Microsoft leaker WZOR confirms information on Windows 8.1 Update 2, details new security measures at Microsoft and talks about the fate of Windows 9 due to Chinese decisions.

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The Russian group, well known for leaking Microsoft information and software long before their official release, confirms that Windows 8.1 Update 2 should be released in August / September this year. According to WZOR the update will be similar to Update 1 of Windows 8.1, it will be free and also pre-installed on computers once the update has been released.

Users who install Windows 8.1 Update 2 from scratch will need new license keys. WZOR also mentions that Microsoft will likely offer two options to users who are still on Windows 8.0, 1) update to Windows 8.1 Update 1 and then to Windows 8.1 Update 2, or 2) for likely a small fee, purchase a direct update to Windows 8.1 Update 2 from the Windows Store.

Previously Winbeta already reported the Windows 8.1 Update 2 would be released in the third quarter of this year and that the update would be as big as 3GB. WZOR confirms the information regarding the timing of the release but argues that the 3GB size is not the update, but a full x86 64bit installation of Windows 8.1 Update 2 (cumulative).

According to WZOR the update is almost finished but unfortunately the group is unable to provide details on new features or enhancements. As Microsoft is planning a significant event from the 23rd to 27th of June, WZOR experts Windows 8.1 Update 2 might receive RTM Escrow status one of those days but isn’t entirely sure.

WZOR also mentions that Microsoft might offer purchasers of a computer with Windows 8.1 Update 2 a substantial discount or a free upgrade to Windows 9.

The reason the group can’t provide much details on Windows 8.1 Update 2 is because Microsoft is apparently not happy with the recent leaks as WZOR mentions (again) that the company has made internal changes that should avoid leaks. Access to the servers where (test) builds of Windows are created has been restricted more than before. Testers of upcoming Windows releases need to request a test build using a special internal tool. Every test build is individually assembled with the goal of making it easier to find out who is leaking builds. Likely each individual build contains code so the company can trace leaked builds back to the original leaker.

WZOR also mentions that the internal changes have affected Microsoft offices in many countries but especially to Microsoft’s office in China. That doesn’t surprise us as we’ve seen many leaks originating from China lately. Microsoft is now also keeping a closer eye on its corporate sales division in China, likely to prevent leaks originating from large computer manufacturers.

The post ends with a remark on Windows 9, according to WZOR Microsoft has been shocked by a number of decisions from the Chinese government (likely the decision to forbid Windows 8 on government computers)  which might affect the release date of Windows 9 . According to WZOR Microsoft is  in “panic mood” about the fate of Windows 9.

Update: WZOR has updated the post with additional information on Windows 9. The group states that Windows 9 Enterprise might have the ability to disable the next generation of the Metro interface (Metro 2.0) and that integration with cloud services (probably OneDrive) has been removed from that version of Windows 9.

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There are 7 comments

CharmedonWB
MyCE Member
Posted on: 21 Jun 14 01:06
    MS should listen to its constituents as opposed to doing whatever they feel like. I wish we could put this type of pressure on all corporations.
    coolcolors
    MyCE Resident
    Posted on: 21 Jun 14 15:24
      Two items worth nothing for history books one might have truth to it..

      1.
      Quote:
      According to WZOR Microsoft is in “panic mood” about the fate of Windows 9.
      2.
      Quote:
      The group states that Windows 9 Enterprise might have the ability to disable the next generation of the Metro interface (Metro 2.0)
      The second one I have my doubts they never listened and now they still haven't listened. That panic already started with W8.....

      3.
      Quote:
      Every test build is individually assembled with the goal of making it easier to find out who is leaking builds. Likely each individual build contains code so the company can trace leaked builds back to the original leaker.
      Yeah like this will ever happened it be to late by the time they figure it out. Tech savvy users will find a way. If you can secure it someone can break it that's how the games is played.

      Oh, yeah my bu%% it is free....
      alan1476
      Administrator, Software Editor and Head of Promotions
      Posted on: 22 Jun 14 13:24
        I am only going to say this once, "nothing in life is free" If you actually believe that this is 100% free, then I have a bridge to sell you.
        TSJnachos117
        MyCE Resident
        Posted on: 24 Jun 14 02:01
          @alan1476:

          I guess someone forgot to mention that to the devs of all the free (gratis) GNU/Linux distros out there.

          PS: I don't know if MS will charge anything for Windows 9, but they are desparate to restore faith in the Windows product line. Perhaps their new CEO actually DOES have new ideas. Of course, Windows will never be free-as-in-freedom, so it will still contain malware-like features.
          coolcolors
          MyCE Resident
          Posted on: 24 Jun 14 19:09
            Quote:
            Originally Posted by TSJnachos117
            @alan1476:

            I guess someone forgot to mention that to the devs of all the free (gratis) GNU/Linux distros out there.

            PS: I don't know if MS will charge anything for Windows 9, but they are desparate to restore faith in the Windows product line. Perhaps their new CEO actually DOES have new ideas. Of course, Windows will never be free-as-in-freedom, so it will still contain malware-like features.
            Or better yet it will be a O/S cloud based where if you don't have internet and give them admin privileges you can factor yourself out of the loop.
            _chef_
            MyCE Resident
            Posted on: 25 Jun 14 16:44
              "The best things in life are for free"... so make your conclusions.
              coolcolors
              MyCE Resident
              Posted on: 27 Jun 14 17:49
                Quote:
                Originally Posted by _chef_
                "The best things in life are for free"... so make your conclusions.
                That vanished with the introduction of Man into the world.... lmao....

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