Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is poised to launch Windows 8.1 on October 18th. The update, which is free for Windows 8 users, will be available through the Windows 8 store starting at 7:00 am eastern standard time on October 17th. The boxed copies, hardware, and full retail release will be available on the 18th.

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The last copy is expected to be made available to computer manufacturers and other partners in the next few weeks.

This report isn’t really surprising as we’ve heard previous reports of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s plans to release Windows 8.1 in October. Updates for this release include a “start” button, enhanced multitasking, and tweaked UI for their Surface tablets.

Microsoft sales tanking

Over the last few years, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) sales have been tanking. With competition from the likes of Apple and Android, it’s no wonder that consumers are making the switch from bulky personal computers and laptops to more portable smartphones and tablets.

In efforts to win over more Windows users, the computer giant tried to make the whole Windows 8 operating system mobile friendly. This is why they’ve enhanced their operating system with a variety of applications for business, entertainment, and lifestyle. The company also replaced Windows Messenger with Skype to offer their users more than just instant messaging.

Microsoft’s 8.1 introducing new tweaks

These new tweaks from Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) will probably make the overall user experience more enjoyable for users even if this doesn’t entice more users to use their products. ZD Net gives the more details on Windows 8.1 including the installation and management. They explained, “Available only to businesses with Windows Software Assurance, Windows 8.1 Enterprise builds on the consumer Windows 8.1 with a selection of additional enterprise tools. These include the USB-bootable Windows To Go, secure remote access to corporate networks with DirectAccess, and support for VDI installations. If you’ve deployed Windows 8 Enterprise you’ll find many of the same features in 8.1, with performance and user interface tweaks.”

Windows users should appreciate these improvements.