MICROSOFT HAS ADMITTED that the long-awaited Update 2 for Windows 8.1 does not exist.
In spite of repeated, credible rumours to the contrary, Microsoft has announced that 12 August will be a normal "Patch Tuesday" and there are no plans for anything more comprehensive in the future.
That is not to say that Windows 8.1 is done. Though the rumour mill had persistently suggested a final "one more and we're done" approach, the Windows blog has admitted today that the approach will be more of a drip, drip approach through the Patch Tuesday process, leaving Windows 8.x to a future of death by waterboarding.
Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc said, "Customers can expect that we'll use our already existing monthly update process to deliver more frequent improvements along with the security updates normally provided as part 'Update Tuesday.' So despite rumours and speculation, we are not planning to deliver a Windows 8.1 'Update 2.'"
Whether this is a conscious decision by Microsoft or the company simply couldn't get a Service Pack together in time will remain a mystery, but what seems to be the case is that Windows 8.x will continue to be improved on a gradual basis in the run up to the release of Windows 9, assuming Microsoft calls it that.
Coming on 12 August, above and beyond security fixes, are more precise touchpad movement options, support for Windows as a Miracast receiver, and a welcome reduction in the number of credential prompts in Sharepoint.
The blog post also announced that the same strategy will apply to Windows Server 2012 R2. µ