Microsoft Details Upcoming Windows 8 Upgrade

In a company blog post, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) today confirmed additional details about its upcoming software update to Windows 8.

According to the blog post, Microsoft executive Tami Reller spoke at a JPMorgan tech conference today, saying that the update will be called Windows 8.1. The version was previously known as "Windows Blue."

Windows 8.1 will be available as a free update to users of Windows 8, and the software will be distributed through the Windows Store. Reller noted that the company's goal will be to deliver continual updates to Microsoft's flagship operating system, and that Windows 8 is just the first phase that started last fall.

Microsoft added that it now has more than 70,000 apps available in the Windows Store, including high-profile titles like Twitter, eBay, and Netflix, among others. The company is planning to release a public preview of Windows 8.1 on June 26, during its Build developer conference.


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  • Report this Comment On May 14, 2013, at 3:12 PM, techy46 wrote:

    That's not details, that's rhetoric!

  • Report this Comment On May 14, 2013, at 3:32 PM, AsokAsus wrote:

    The fact that 8.1 will be free to existing 8 users is the first piece of good news from Microsoft in a long time. This is a good decison, and hopefully, a good decision like this one bodes well for Microsoft making additional good decisions in the near future. They need it. And we who depend upon Microsoft for our livelihood need it too. Badly.

  • Report this Comment On May 14, 2013, at 7:44 PM, doawithlife wrote:

    "Microsoft added that it now has more than 70,000 apps available in the Windows Store"

    Surface RT should have never existed.

    Surface Pro can use full applications.

    Exactly who cares if MS has 70k apps?

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