Confirmed: Windows Blue Will Be Free, to Be Called 8.1

Microsoft has finally confirmed that Blue will hit the market as 8.1

Tami Reller, the new Windows CFO, has revealed at JP Morgan's Media & Telecom Conference today that Windows Blue will officially hit the market later this year under the 8.1 designation.

In addition, Reller has confirmed that Windows 8.1 will be offered free of charge to Windows 8 customers and will be available for download via the Windows Store.

Last but not least, Windows Blue will also bring upgrades for the Windows RT tablet, but no other specifics have been provided.

“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,” Brandon LeBlanc of Microsoft added.

More information will be unveiled in the coming weeks, while the first public preview of Blue is set to be revealed next month at the BUILD developer conference.

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