Microsoft sets Oct. 17 release for Windows 8.1

SAN FRANCISCO • Consumers waiting for Microsoft’s revamped version of its latest Windows operating system will be able to get the software beginning Oct. 17. The release date for Windows 8.1 is nearly a year after the debut of Windows 8, a dramatic overhaul of the operating system that has been powering most personal computers for decades. Windows 8 represented Microsoft Corp.’s attempt to create an operating system that works well on tablet computers, as well as laptop and desktop machines. But...

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