The next major version of Windows 8.1, otherwise known as Windows 8.1 Update 2, may land as early as next month. A new report published recently specifically suggests that Microsoft will push the update on August 12, just a few weeks from now. According to Neowin, which publishes images leaked by Russian site pcportal.org.ru, the update will be relatively simple and won’t introduce as many features as we saw in Windows 8.1 Update 1.
Windows 8.1 Update 2 is said to include stability enhancements and the leaked screenshot points to new features and functionality, though doesn’t delve into detail on what we can expect. Microsoft’s major Windows update, called Threshold and which may even launch as Windows 9, isn’t scheduled to launch until sometime in the middle of next year.
That’s the update where we hope Microsoft reintroduces the Start menu, which was basically eliminated in Windows 8. There have been rumors that Microsoft may include it in an earlier release, but it’s unlikely we’ll see it added next month. Maybe we’ll get lucky.