Microsoft confirms Blue will be Windows 8.1, and be released for free through the Windows Store

Microsoft confirms Blue will be Windows 8.1, and be released for free through the Windows Store
It wasn't until last week that Microsoft finally confirmed that Windows Blue was real and was on its way. Now, Microsoft has decided to make official another piece of information that we already knew: Windows Blue will be called Windows 8.1. But, the most important piece of information is one that is completely new, and that is the update will be completely free and be released through the Windows Store.

That last bit may seem like it should have been a no-brainer. Microsoft has never charged for an incremental upgrade before, but the difference is that Microsoft usually doesn't do "dot upgrades". Usually, there are simply a series of "service packs" for each Windows release, but things are different with Windows 8. 

There is still no info on when the update will be made available, but Microsoft has said that it will release a public preview of the update on June 26th, which is the first day of Microsoft's Build 2013 developers conference. The assumption is that 8.1 will be released in time for the holidays, so that Microsoft can finally get into the booming 7-8 inch tablet market. 

When speaking on Windows 8.1, it was also mentioned that the Windows Store has hit 70,000 apps, which is a respectable number given that we're only about 7 or 8 months into the Windows Store's life. 

source: The Next Web

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11 Comments

1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Can'r wait to download it into my laptop!

3. AnTuTu

Posts: 1592; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

I wish they bring the 'Start' button back :) and let user enable or disable the Metro UI :)

4. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

Fantasticly enough theres an App for that! (and I mean App as in Application!) It even fits your comment perfectly! StartIsBack! (just add the .com and remove the !) Metro is gone and my Start button is back! All the under the hood speed inprovements (and believe you me, there are FANTASTIC speed improvements) and none of the s**tty forced Metro UI!

6. DKJnr

Posts: 24; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

Don't think I'll be doing that anytime soon. I love the Metro UI but that's just me.

11. trexnkrumpets

Posts: 45; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

Metro is nice for doing simple tasks imo. Music, facebook, emailing. Office/Researching/File Management/etc. fits desktop better imo. Unfortunately I am disappointed in how much better WP8s metro experience is in comparison. (surprised they do not use the same controls/layouts)

7. AnTuTu

Posts: 1592; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

@Hammerfest:- Thanks for your comment. I know there are heaps of apps out there. But what I want is to have that Start button there by default and let give users flexibility. If you work for a large enterprise you know what I mean.

2. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

nice as expected from microsoft :) my pc will be new again for free :)

5. FlushGordon unregistered

Finally, an APOLOGY update!

8. AnTuTu

Posts: 1592; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

I would say it is more robust update.

9. Muzhhur

Posts: 261; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

love, mi lap works fine with w8, thats just amazing news

10. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

when 2 things happen 1) Start menu comes back for desktop users and we can launch metro apps windowed and 2) FRAPS becomes compatible with recording Windows 8 i'll switch back to 8. If Blue can do this for me, Im on board. If not, Ill stick with 7 for now.

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