Windows 8.1 is finished. But it isn’t. Well technically it is, but Microsoft isn’t done with it just yet. Today, The Verge is reporting that Microsoft is planning to release more updates for Windows 8.1 in-time for the GA in October, which will introduce a number of enhancements and improvements to apps and features already available in the operating system, including new Camera abilities and Search improvements.
The updates are set to arrive either before or on the day of GA, which is October 18 for those who have been living under a rock for the last couple of months. Updates include a new Photo Loop mode which allows users to rewind photos. Sounds weird, but it’s nothing we haven’t seen before. BlackBerry 10 can do something like this already, allowing users to select the best shot from a number of shots taken with one click. The new feature requires new cameras which aren’t available in current hardware. This means the hardware that’s set to launch in October will support the new feature.
Most of the Bing apps will also be updated before GA too, including Bing Search. These updates aren’t very ‘spectacular’, they’ll merely be adding additional functionality to the apps such as more categories for searching and the ability to to check out 100,000 more recipes in the Bing Food app.
As said above, Windows 8.1 is set to hit the shelves on October 18. If you’re running Windows 8, you should receive Windows 8.1 for free on October 17 through the Windows Store. Windows 8.1 includes a number of new features including better Start Screen customization and tighter integration with the Modern UI.