Windows Upgrade Will Be Free
Windows 8 hasn’t been the bestseller Microsoft hoped for and has supposedly confused the installed base with its looks
By: Maureen O'Gara
May. 18, 2013 09:00 AM
A week after it confirmed the existence of the thing, Microsoft Tuesday disclosed a few more tidbits about its Windows 8 upgrade, codenamed Blue.
The widgetry’s gonna be called Windows 8.1, as suspected, and it’s gonna be free for existing Windows 8 and RT customers.
A preview will be out at Microsoft’s annual developer conference at the end of next month.
Windows 8 hasn’t been the bestseller Microsoft hoped for and has supposedly confused the installed base with its looks, dictated by its touchscreen functionality.
The final version should be out by the holidays and Microsoft imagines “continuously updating” the thing.
Microsoft says it’s sold 100 million Windows 8 licenses, roughly as many as Windows 7 sold at this point in its release schedule.
It’s still not clear what exactly will be different about Blue. A preview will be out June 26 timed to Microsoft’s Build developers’ conference. Changes could reportedly see a Start button returned to Windows and the system begin in desktop mode that’ll run older programs rather than with its touch-based tiles.
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