The Windows update that luddites have kind of, sort of, maybe been waiting for is set for public release sometime in October. A report at ZDNet from the always-reliable Mary Jo Foley states that Microsoft is on track to make good on its promise to deliver the RTM (release to manufacturing) version of Windows 8.1 by the end of this month. Then, Foley says the final version of Windows 8.1 will launch to the public sometime in October. Windows 8.1 includes a number of updates, but the most talked about are likely the ability to boot and log in directly to the Desktop view, and the return of something that resembles a Start button but functions quite a bit differently.
UPDATE: Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 8.1 will be released to the public on October 17th at 7:00 a.m. Eastern.