Will Windows 8.1 Be Available To Users In October?

Even though Microsoft is fast closing in on their target of the end of August for releasing to manufacturing Windows 8.1 (a target that has been widely publicised), most people are more interested in when they will be able to get their hands on the final bits. And, so far, Microsoft officials have remained quiet on when exactly this will be.

There have been rumours, however, that Microsoft will hold off on making the final Windows 8.1 bits available until around mid-October. This period will include both the general availability date and the ‘launch’ date (when new hardware running those bits will become available). Microsoft has yet to confirm whether this will be the case.

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A few months ago, it was revealed by sources close to Microsoft that their overall plan with Windows 8.1 was to shorten the usual gap between RTM and general availability. Even if they wait until mid-October to release the final bits, Microsoft will still have managed to deliver a new Windows release in under a year. There was three years between Windows 7 and 8.

It has also been noted that Microsoft could receive a number of benefits from holding back the RTM bits, such as: more time to stamp out the bugs, more time to deliver fixes for bugs to those with the preview build, and a launch event with more of a bigger bang (many felt that the Windows 8 launch was anti-climactic, as they already had the final bits).

Whilst holding onto the bits will make many people running the Windows 8.1 preview pretty unhappy, it is believed that if Microsoft keep patching and fixing the preview that this annoyance will be lessened.

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Facebook Now Allow Public Posts To Be Embedded

On August 1, Facebook began allowing ‘public’ posts to be embedded on third-party websites. This is a strategy that Twitter originally created in 2010 and one that Instagram recently copied, too. It is believed that this new embedded post function is a result of Facebook trying to embrace the idea of public content, even though its origins lie in private sharing.

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Whilst the embedded function has not been implemented across the whole of Facebook as of yet, you are able to see a preview of it on
5 websites – Bleacher Report, CNN, Huffington Post, Mashable and People. Soon, however, it is expected that we will all be able to see the ‘embed’ option in drop-down arrows on newsfeed and timeline posts.

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And Facebook have revealed that their embedded function will include all the bells and whistles – you will be able to embed posts with text, pictures and video, not to mention like and comment, follow public figures, like pages, and clickable hashtags (which will take you back to Facebook). You will, however, be restricted to public posts only.

Buy why has Facebook decided that their new embedded function is a good idea and the best way forward? Well, one of their basic goals is to increase their footprint on the web and create more in-roads to their website. Basically, they are looking for new and improved ways to draw traffic to the Facebook site, and allowing users to embed posts will help this.

“Let newsmakers embed your content and they’ll look to you for material, likely publish more to you, and you’ll have more content to advertise against,” says Josh Constantine of Tech Crunch. The fact is there’s huge traffic and influence to be had by becoming a source of breaking news and eyewitness accounts. And Facebook is trying to buy into this.

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