Confirmed: Windows 8.1 is Windows Blue, free upgrade due later this year

By Rick ¬∑ 14 replies
May 14, 2013
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  1. Past rumors purport that Windows Blue and Windows 8.1 may actually be one and the same. At a conference today, Microsoft CFO Tami Reller validated those rumors, stating that Windows 8.1 is not only Blue, but 8.1 is on track for...

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  2. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TS Guru Posts: 384   +54

    This is certainly good news. I will install this update on both of my boxes when it becomes available.
  3. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Great news.

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    I'm surprised I haven't heard too much about compatibility issues. Must not be a problem this time around
  5. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Guru Posts: 684   +254

    Great news for tablet nerds. Now they can "tweet" at their desk and on the crapper. No keyboard or mouse required. Awesome.
  6. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +903

    How will you hear something like that from a product that hasnt even been out yet?

    I'm not really surprised to see posts like these when it's about microsoft
  7. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I think he means Windows 8 (not 8.1). Computability was a huge issue with Vista, so I think that is what he is referring to.
    NTAPRO likes this.
  8. distantreality

    distantreality TS Enthusiast Posts: 58   +7

    I sure hope this is more like an SP1 type of update for windows 8 just labeled as 8.1 blue with any update release it is better to have the full install instead of updating from one os say 7 to 8 etc... cuz then all ya get are bluescreens and a bunch of messy errors lol but this has been the way of their updates since the start of windows
  9. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    It is more than a service pack since the main Windows Kernel is updated like it would from something like Win7 to Win8.
  10. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +903

    Oh in that case... my personal experience with windows 8 is marvelous, I tried it first on my notebook to almost instantly putting it into my main computer.
  11. It is a service pack 1 for Windows 8. Sure it will be free. service packs are always released. but this time Microsoft ingeniously called it windows blue which made everyone excited.
    this is the new strategy. Fast release of new operating system. catchy code words.
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,738   +3,706

    Not everyone, I'd say hardly anyone but I will play along and allow you the delusion of majority excitement.
  13. Balmeristhan
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  14. Let's hope this new "Blue Think" extends to Office. Changing the UI for the sake of changing the UI is a solution creating a problem, rather than a problem being solved by a solution.

    Two things slow adoption - 1) high cost (which also promotes piracy;) and 2) difficulty in applying/training/using the product. Microsoft has total control over both these elements. Cutting the price may increase revenue as more units leave the shelf; and not making each iteration of Office a brand new learning experience may encourage people to step-up to the register and buy a new product.

    What's true for the OS is true for Office too.
  15. Microsoft will never do anything for free. What are they putting in 8.1 that we don't want?

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