Some developers are frustrated at Microsoft over its decision to withhold the "release to manufacturing" build of Windows 8.1 until October, when the operating system is expected to be released to the general public, Gregg Keizer writes. "In the real world, developers must have access to the RTM bits before [general availability]. The fact that Microsoft no longer seems to understand this truly frightens me," blogged one developer. Microsoft said it needs to keep working on 8.1. "In the past, the release to manufacturing milestone traditionally meant that the software was ready for broader customer use. However, it's clear that times have changed," blogged Microsoft spokesman Antoine Leblond.
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