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Microsoft confirms Windows 8.1 as a free update for existing users

Tami Reller confirms that Windows Blue will be officially known as Windows 8.1, and will be offered as a free update for existing Windows 8 users.

Microsoft has been pretty quiet about their upcoming Windows 8 update, but that is slowly starting to change. Speaking at the JP Morgan Technology Conference in Boston, the comapny's Windows CFO officially confirmed the update along with its moniker and distribution plan.

According to a post on the Windows Blog, Rami Teller confirmed the update at the conference, reinforcing the fact that Windows Blue is a codename for the upcoming Windows 8.1 release. Reller also confirmed that the update would be made available through the Windows Store, and will be free for current Windows 8 users, thus officially transitioning to a model that more closely resembles Apple's OS X distribution.

Unfortunately, Reller had no info to add about the specifics of the upcoming update, as she failed to comment on the re-addition of a Start button or other details. A developer's version of the update had already been confirmed for the end of next month and we hope to hear more in the coming weeks.


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Ronald Tiefenthäler/Omar Al-Qudsi, 2013-05-15 (Update: 2013-05-15)