Microsoft's Windows 8 fix-up, Windows 8.1, will hit the Windows Store as a free upgrade starting on the
18th 17th of October at 12:00-noon, Start button and all. Will the point update solve all Windows 8's issues? Probably not, but it's a decent start. [Microsoft]
Update: Microsoft just got in touch to correct its timings (bodes well). Apparently it'll be available at 12-noon in the UK on October 17th, which is October 18th in New Zealand, obviously.