Global availability of Windows 8.1 is now here, bringing a variety of new features and improvements to Windows 8 that we think people will really enjoy. We listened to customer feedback and are delivering many of the improvements we’ve been asked for.

If you’re a consumer and already have a Windows 8 device, you can now download the free update to Windows 8.1 online through the Windows Store. If you’re a consumer who has a device running Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP or the Windows 8.1 Preview, visit Windows.com, which will detect your operating system and provide you with the information you need to get Windows 8.1 on your device. Need more information? Read this FAQ for answers to many of the most common questions about getting Windows 8.1.

Starting Friday, Windows 8.1 will also be available on new devices and as a packaged DVD product at retail locations around the world.

Windows 8.1 demonstrates Microsoft’s commitment to continuously improving our products to create a richer customer experience. Windows 8.1 represents collaboration across the entire company, from Skype to Xbox to Bing. We are excited to have customers start updating their devices!

Be sure to stop by Blogging Windows for more details, including a tweeting contest and an IAmA chat on reddit from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PT later Thursday.

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Jennifer Chen
Microsoft News Center Staff