Windows Blue will be Called Windows 8.1 and will be a Free Update to Windows 8
Yesterday we shared some information about the new Windows Blue OS. We told you that Windows Blue is a codename of the upcoming Windows version Windows 8.1. We also told you that Windows 8.1 will try to fix issues and will introduce new features and Metro apps in Windows 8.
At the time of writing the above topic, there were rumors that Windows 8.1 might be a free update for Windows 8 users but there was no official confirmation from Microsoft.
Today Microsoft has officially announced at Windows blog that Windows Blue will be called Windows 8.1 and will be a FREE update for existing Windows 8 users and will be available through Windows Store.
Microsoft also announced that the company will release a free Public Preview build of Windows 8.1. aka Windows Blue on 26 June 2013 at BUILD developer conference in San Francisco.
The Public Preview of Windows 8.1 will be released for both Windows 8 and Windows RT users.
The final RTM version of Windows 8.1 will be released at the end of this year. It might release to market in October 2013.
Let us tell you again, Windows 8.1 will provide more customization options for Start Screen, Lock Screen, etc. It'll also provide new touch screen gestures to make touch screen users experience better and easier. It'll also feature better and improved snap functionality. You'll also get some new metro apps such as Alarm, Calculator, Sound Recorder, etc in Windows 8.1.
So Windows 8.1 will be a must have update for Windows 8 and Windows RT users. Let's wait for the Public Preview build which is going to release next month.
Posted in: Windows 8 / 8.1
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