Microsoft Makes Windows 8.1 Official with Global Availability

Some of you are already rocking Microsoft's Windows 8.1 update (if you are, please let us know in the comments section below what you think of the new features) and that's because the Redmond software giant began rolling it out the yesterday in the Windows Store. Now 24 hours later, Windows 8.1 is available all around the world.

Today also marks the day you can waltz into a retail location and purchase the full version of Windows 8.1 on DVD. The full version of Windows 8.1 is intended for people who haven't made the jump to Windows 8 yet, so rather than perform two upgrades (one to Windows 8 and then another to Windows 8.1), the retail product gets you current for $120. You can also purchase Windows 8.1 Pro for $200, or $70 if you're a qualifying student.

Windows 8.1 Screenshot

"Less than a year ago we were preparing to launch Windows 8, which introduced our vision of highly personalized mobile computing. And here we are today announcing the global availability of Windows 8.1," Microsoft state in a blog post. "Windows 8.1 demonstrates our commitment to continuously improving the product to create a richer customer experience. We are excited to have customers start updating their devices today and getting to experience new Windows devices this holiday season."

If you haven't yet updated, you'll find the free download in the Windows Store. As added motivation, Microsoft throughout the week will pick 810 random winners per day who tweet and share their new Start screen after updating their Windows 8 device to Windows 8.1 with the #MyStart hastag. Winners will receive a $10 promotional Windows Store gift card.