In the previous week, Microsoft had made announced that were working on the first major update for Windows 8. The update has been codenamed as Blue. The official name for the update has been confirmed by Microsoft CMO and CFO Tami Reller as Windows 8.1. Still, there is no precise information on the release date of Microsoft.
At the JP Morgan’s Technology, Media, and Telecom Conference, Tami Reller announced that the Windows 8.1 update will be available for the users through the Windows Store for free. The update will be available for Windows 8 and Windows RT.
On June 26th, Microsoft will be releasing preview version of Windows 8.1 Reller did not reveal the release date of Windows 8.1 but made it clear that Microsoft may eye on releasing the update during the holidays. Reller stated that people who are currently using Windows 8 devices or who are planning to buy Windows 8 device in the near future will be able to seamlessly update to Windows 8.1
Reller has mentioned that the update is based on the ‘customer feedback’ that they received by users of Windows 8 and Windows RT. However, Microsoft did not reveal what new changes will be seen in Windows 8.1. More information on the update is expected to be released during the Build conference which will be held in the next month.
We believe that the Windows 8.1 may bring back the good old Start button in the Desktop mode. The reason behind it is that it allows users to easily navigate through the OS. However, it will not have the Start menu which was available in previous versions like Windows 7 and Windows XP. The Start button will take users to the Start screen which contains the Tiles and Modern user interface of Windows 8.
If you do not have touchscreen or if you do not like the Tiles feature of Windows 8, the Windows 8.1 update may bring you a boot option that allows you to directly boot to the desktop.
Microsoft claims that Windows 8 is a very popular operating system and recent records show that have sold more than 100 million licenses. Some tech analysts feel that Microsoft’s move in making the Windows 8.1 update available for free indicates that Microsoft feels that users are not satisfied with the experience of using the OS. Reller is quite positive about the update as she stated that the update will improve the overall performance of the OS and provide more options for work and play.