Here’s a good news for early Windows 8 Adopters, since Microsoft just announced that Windows 8.1 codename “Blue” will be a free update to all Windows 8 for consumers via the Windows Store. This was announced by Microsoft at the JP Morgan Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in Boston.
Today at the JP Morgan Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in Boston, Tami Reller shared with the audience that the update previously referred to as “Windows Blue” will be called Windows 8.1 and will be a free update to Windows 8 for consumers through the Windows Store.
During her remarks today, Tami reiterated our goal of delivering continual updates to create a richer experience for Windows customers. Windows 8.1 is part of that and continues the journey we first began with Windows 8 last fall. Windows 8.1 will help us to deliver the next generation of PCs and tablets with our OEM partners and to deliver the experiences customers— both consumers and businesses alike —need and will just expect moving forward.
A copy of the Windows 8.1 Blue was also leaked online late March 2013, together with screen shots and videos.
Microsoft was highly criticized when they released Windows 8 late last year without the Start button and because of public clamor to bring it back, it’s been reported that the software giant will indeed bring back the Start button when they release Windows 8.1 Update. Microsoft is expected to release a preview version of Windows 8.1 this coming June.
Last modified: May 17, 2013