Check for program updates automatically/Check Now - not work

While I hadn't used it during the original 8.0 releases, from the 8.1 preview build and on up to, the 'Check for program updates automatically' and 'Check Now' functions don't seem to work.

For instance, at it didn't catch the update, and right now my doesn't see It just tells me I'm running the latest version...

This is normal. We don't update all this version check setting for intermediate versions. Otherwise people would be notified of such versions and forever be downloading the program. You only need to manually check the web site and update if you are having a specific problem, otherwise you can wait to be notified.