Microsoft is currently testing Windows 8.1 with developers, ahead of a public release, in hopes of bringing several new features and enhancements to the Windows table.

According to ZDNET's Mary Jo Foley, who has a stellar track record reporting on Microsoft, the company plans to release Windows 8.1 to the public in mid-October.

Microsoft hasn't confirmed the release timeline, though it makes sense given it will be the one year anniversary since the release of Windows 8. We've reached out to the company for comment and will update if we hear back.

ZDNET adds that new hardware will be released with Windows 8.1, but doesn't mention any specific manufacturers. Microsoft will be issuing the release to ranufacturing (RTM) build of Windows 8.1 later this month, so manufacturers can finalise drivers and other specifics before the public release.

The Verge collaborates with ZDNET's report, saying Microsoft is spacing out the RTM and general release so Microsoft has time to supply fixes and patches for the mass release of the software in October.

Windows 8.1 features the return of the Windows start button, more start screen customisability, control panel updates, Store updates and more. Read our hands-on with Windows 8.1 for more detail.