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Microsoft has announced the official launch date of Windows 8.1, the next Windows version. Windows 8.1 is all set to be launched on October 18. All Windows 8 users will be allowed to update to Windows 8.1 as free update from the Windows Store.

Making the announcement on Microsoft’s official Blogging Windows website, the company’s Brandon LeBlanc confirms that Windows 8.1 will be available in mid-October, and that Windows 8.1 RTM is set to be reached this month, as it was initially planned.

Microsoft said on Wednesday that Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 will be generally available for download on February 22. Microsoft blogger, Brandon LeBlanc, in a statement on Wednesday has confirmed this through Windows Team Blog.

Microsoft has officially handed off the final release (RTM) of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) to its OEM partners. MSDN and TechNet customers will receive SP1 on February 16, followed by a general web release (RTW) on February 22. The confirmed final build number of SP1 is 7601.17514.101119-1850 the same build that was leaked last month to file sharing websites.

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Windows 7 (Image Credit Microsoft)

Microsoft announced that Windows 7 is ready and will be available to select users in two weeks.

Brandon LeBlanc, Windows Communication Manager for Microsoft, have mentioned the dates for Windows 7 RTM availability for the relevant parties at the Windows Team Blog. Windows 7, the much-anticipated operating system was completed on Wednesday.

Microsoft said in a press release that Windows 7 will be available for the general public on October 22nd, Independent software and hardware vendor partners would be able to download Windows 7 RTM copy on August 6th and Gold/Certified members of Microsoft Partner Program will get their copy on August 16th, Volume License Customers will get their copies from Volume License Service Center on August 7th.