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Windows 8.1 (Blue) will be a free update for existing Win. 8 users, says division CFO Tami...

Windows 8.1 (Blue) will be a free update for existing Win. 8 users, says division CFO Tami Reller. Though an incremental update, Microsoft (MSFT) is counting on 8.1's UI tweaks to appease older Windows users unhappy with Win. 8's giant changes. A developer preview will arrive on June 26; the official release is expected sometime before the holiday season. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley recently reported 8.1's updates will include "new built-in tutorials and in-context help" and possibly "adjustments to the Start Screen," to go with the previously-reported boot-to-desktop option and return of the Start button (but not the Start menu). (100M licenses)
Comments (7)
  • Yawn
    14 May 2013, 04:53 PM Reply Like
  • Of course if should be a free update.
    When this comes out, and if it delivers the boot to desktop and start button AND start menu, I'll be upgrading my main computer.
    (Already running Windows 8 + classic shell on my laptop.)
    14 May 2013, 05:51 PM Reply Like
  • I sounds like it's just a big patch on a flat tire. Is anybody in charge at Mr. Softy? I bought a windows machine couple weeks back Lenovo it's okay. I had a choice of 7 or 8. The rep talked me into 7 and I am glad she did.
    14 May 2013, 06:48 PM Reply Like
  • how long before a big buyer notices it's a free upgrade, ergo Softie knows they made a mistake, and sues for lost productivity?
    14 May 2013, 08:03 PM Reply Like
  • Good save for MSFT. I think there are a lot of unhappy people having to buy new computers pre-loaded with Win 8.


    I have disliked working on any Win 8 system. Happy to be working with Win 7 most of the time.


    I still like Win XP Pro but don't use any systems with it right now.
    14 May 2013, 09:27 PM Reply Like
  • I haven't even managed to get my first Win 8 Upgrade activated - activation doesn't seem to understand my XP Product Key. Don't think I'll risk upgrading my mission critical Win 7 systems. I would love to hear the real number of ACTIVATED Win 8 licenses. Would shave off maybe 10%.
    14 May 2013, 11:08 PM Reply Like
  • Well done Microsoft, this is exactly what needs to be in there, the tutorials are especially going to be helpful for the transition, great job.
    14 May 2013, 11:36 PM Reply Like
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