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Windows “Blue” A Free Update For Windows 8, Preview Coming June 26th



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Windows “Blue” Build 9364

Well after a tonne of speculation, rumours and general chit-chat about Windows Blue (8.1), Microsoft have finally spilled the beans. According to the official Microsoft blog Windows Blue will be an update for Windows 8 and not a standalone new operating system, or anything else that was speculated. Windows Blue was apparently the code-name and Windows 8.1 is now its “official” name, to signify it is an updated iteration of Windows 8.

More importantly Microsoft says that Windows 8.1 will be an entirely free download available for Windows 8 customers through the Windows store. I respect this move by Microsoft as it is definitely the right one, they will certainly gain a lot of credibility with Windows users by offering this update for free. They did not disclose the details on how the update is delivered but no doubt there is a mechanism in place to ensure only genuine (aka not pirated) Windows 8 operating systems are eligible for the free update.

Microsoft have also announced that the public preview of Windows 8.1 will begin on June the 26th timed with the Build developer conference in San Francisco. The preview will be available for Windows 8 and Windows RT users.

What are your thoughts on this news from Microsoft? Could this be enough to push you towards Windows 8? Or are you going to wait and see how good Windows 8.1 is first?

You can read Microsoft’s full statement below:

Windows 8 was built for a world that blends our work and our personal lives, a world where we expect high quality touch experiences everywhere, and a world that is always on the go and always connected. Windows 8 redefines our market from PCs to mobile computing.

We are pleased with the progress we’ve seen with Windows 8 so far.

Our OEM partners have delivered tablets, touch laptops, and convertibles that bring the vision of Windows 8 and mobile computing to life. They have introduced some incredible (and unique) new form factors like the Dell XPS 12, the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13, the Sony VAIO Tap 20, or the recently announced Acer Aspire R7. And today at retail, you can find a powerful mobile touch laptop starting at just over $400.

We now have more than 70,000 apps in the Windows Store (the online app store for Windows) – apps such as Twitter, eBay, Netflix, CNN and games like Temple Run: Brave, Bejeweled LIVE and Angry Birds Star Wars and many others.

As PCs continue to evolve for this world of mobile computing, so does Windows 8.

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 8.1and 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.

Today, there are more devices – and choice – allowing you to pick the right Windows 8 device that meets your needs. Windows 8 provides a great experience for consuming and creating content, for both work and play and on the go. And you’ll immediately benefit from continual updates – whether it’s from app updates through the Windows Store, performance updates through Windows Update or the Windows 8.1 update later this year.

We have much more to share about Windows 8.1 in the coming weeks. We will also be making a public preview of Windows 8.1 available starting on June 26, timed with the Build developer conference in San Francisco. The preview will be available for Windows 8 and Windows RT.

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  • It’s a real shame that Windows 8 has a bad reputation as it isn’t at all deserving of it. I too thought that Windows 8 was terrible but after spending some time with it, it really is a great OS. Of course if you already have Windows 7 then there is little point in upgrading to it but if you’re buying a new machine or are still on XP it’s a worthy replacement. I’m running it on a mid-2012 Ivy Bridge MacBook Air 13′ (8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 1.8GHz dual core i5 w/HD4000 graphics) and a Dell XPS M1710 Core 2 Duo (4GB RAM, 320GB HDD, 2.33GHz dual core Core 2, ATI x1400) machine (from mid 2006!) and it runs really well. I primarily stay on the desktop but despite this the Modern UI side of things does have some great features on offer and I genuinely love how Modern apps don’t interact with the desktop as it truly separates them from the desktop which makes it a lot tidier.

    Admittedly though, I did buy Start8 to restore the start button as I find it useful still; hopefully 8.1 will add this back as standard.

    The most impressive thing personally for me is how fluid the OS is. It doesn’t stall anywhere near as much as I’ve had in Windows 7, and the Modern apps are very slick. The old Dell laptop only has a lowly ATI x1400 128MB graphics card driving the 17.1″ 1920×1200 display on this laptop and despite that, animations are smooth, even with all of the graphical eye-candy on. This is all on a laptop that’s very nearly seven years old. Better yet, because it still uses the same code base as Windows Vista and 7, the drivers and utilities for this laptop still fully work.

    Windows 8 is nowhere near as bad as it’s made out to be. If you’re still on the wall about it I highly suggest you evaluating the free trial Microsoft offer for the Enterprise version which you can either run in a VM or install on your PC.

  • d6bmg

    free update from windows 8??
    At last they are trying to make something out of win 8
    ..