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Next big Windows 8.1 update reportedly coming soon

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:49PM EST
Windows 8.1 Update 2 Release Date

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Microsoft may be getting ready to release its second scheduled Windows 8.1 update of the year. Known as Windows 8.1 Update 2, the upcoming release is apparently smaller than Update 1, which was released earlier this year, and will arrive on “Patch Tuesday,” which is apparently scheduled for August 12 according to a leaked image posted on Russian website

It’s not clear what new features will be included in Windows 8.1 Update 2, or whether the update will only bring improvements and bug fixes. Neowin says the update will be smaller than the previous one, and may bring only “enhancements to stability rather than front end features.”

Similarly, it’s not known whether the Start menu will return this year via Update 2. A recent leak suggested that Microsoft will bring it back in an upcoming software update, while a previous report said that the Start menu will only arrive next year, likely in Windows 9, the Microsoft’s next-gen operating system.

Other details about Windows 8.1 Update 2 aren’t available, except for the leaked image that mentions the release date for Windows 8.1 Update 2, which follows below.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

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