Microsoft has listened to the grumbles of its developer community and has decided to make the RTM version of its Windows 8.1 update available to app makers.
The decision, which goes against Microsoft’s original plans, will enable members of the MSDN and TechNet developer community to ensure their apps are fully optimised for the refined OS.
Initially, the company had opted against seeding the completed software tweak to developers until the software became available to consumers. In previous years, developers had been granted early access of the completed software at the same time as manufacturers received the signed-off copies.
So, naturally, the devs complained and Microsoft caved into the demands, which is becoming somewhat of a habit in recent times.
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In a post on the MSDN blog, the company wrote: “We heard from you that our decision to not initially release Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM bits was a big challenge for our developer partners as they’re readying new Windows 8.1 apps and for IT professionals who are preparing for Windows 8.1 deployments.
“We’ve listened, we value your partnership, and we are adjusting based on your feedback. As we refine our delivery schedules for a more rapid release cadence, we are working on the best way to support early releases to the various audiences within our ecosystem.”
The Windows 8.1 Enterprise edition will become available later this month, while consumers will get their hands on the software in mid-October.
The decision is likely to benefit consumers, who will now have a better selection of optimised apps when the all-important update drops.