Microsoft seems to have been screwing things up quite a bit lately; the Windows RT $900 million write off, the return of a "pretend" Start button in Windows 8.1, and now an odd change to an established process for releasing an operating system update. Windows 8.1 RTM (release to manufacturing) is now ready and will be released to the public on October 18th. The odd part, though, is that Developers - the folk who come up with the Apps - are also getting access to the final release at the same time. If you think about it for a minute, that's a bit daft - how can you write software for something you can't actually work with? The only versions they have currently are the beta versions.