The update to Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system that will do things like add a Start button (of sorts) back onto the platform will start rolling out in New Zealand from midnight on October 18, the company has confirmed.

However, it won’t just be New Zealand’s residents that will be able to download it from then, as Microsoft said it would also start rolling out globally. It will also come pre-installed on new devices bought after this date.

Brandon LeBlanc, senior marketing communications manager of the Windows group, said:

“Windows 8.1 continues the vision we began with Windows 8 and is an example of our commitment to continuous innovation and improvement for our customers. And Windows 8.1 brings many improvements in areas like personalization, Internet Explorer 11, search which is powered by Bing, built-in apps including a few new ones, an improved Windows Store experience, and cloud connectivity with SkyDrive (and much more) that people will enjoy.”

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