Microsoft 'Windows Blue' Will Be a Free Release Officially Called Windows 8.1

Microsoft 'Windows Blue' Will Be a Free Release Officially Called Windows 8.1

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Microsoft has announced that Windows Blue will be a free update to Windows 8 dubbed 'Windows 8.1', reports the WSJ.

The software expected in coming months will effectively be a second launch of Windows 8, the operating system that debuted last October to great fanfare but fairly tepid sales. But the Windows 8.1 name underscores that Microsoft considers the revised software a relatively minor update and not a do-over, which would point to fundamental problems with the original product.

Tami Reller, CMO and CFO of Microsoft Windows, made the announcement at a J.P. Morgan investor conference Tuesday morning.

“It is an update, which is why it’s called Windows 8.1,” Reller said. She also noted that the operating system “just keeps getting better and better every day.”

A test version of Windows 8.1 will be released to the public in late June, likely at Microsoft's Build Conference.

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Microsoft 'Windows Blue' Will Be a Free Release Officially Called Windows 8.1
Digihead - May 18, 2013 at 8:27am
“just keeps getting better and better every day.” ROFL! :D
xw6200 - May 16, 2013 at 12:58pm
history of Microsoft. windows 98. good. windows me. flop. widows xp good. windows. vista flop. windows 7 good. windows 8 sucks
Teckie - May 15, 2013 at 1:29am
So we call service packs new OS releases now? Interesting...
Nomana - May 14, 2013 at 7:53pm
So it took them this long to realize that people want to use diffrent UI-when on "desktop"-mode than when taking the tablet with them.... No need months of work for that. Just code an autoswitch that regognizes if mouse and keyboard are attached and serve either desktop with startmenu or the metro ui if not attached to any external input devices.... Genious. #Microsoft can thank me ;)
the real J - May 14, 2013 at 7:52pm
Go M$ go.
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