Microsoft Officially Announces Windows 8.1 “Blue” Updates for Windows 8, RT

Microsoft: Public Preview of Windows 8.1 “Blue” Will Be Available Next Month

by Anton Shilov
05/14/2013 | 08:40 PM

A high-ranking executive from Microsoft Corp’s has confirmed that its current operating systems – Windows 8 and Windows RT – will receive an important set of updates later this year. The improved operating system will carry 8.1 name and will feature a number of enhancements. The company confirmed that the preview of the updated platforms will become available next month.


“Later this year, which we have talked about some, Windows 8 and Windows RT will get even better. What has been code named Window Blue will now be officially called Windows 8.1.  Windows 8.1 will advance the bold vision that we set forward with Windows 8 to deliver great PCs and tablets with an experience that allows you to simply do more,” said Tami Reller, chief marketing officer and chief financial officer of Windows division at Microsoft, at the JP Morgan Technology, Media & Telecom Conference.

Microsoft Windows 8.1 will be delivered as a free and seamless update to Windows 8 and to Windows RT, which means that customers today who have Windows 8 or who plan to buy a new device will get all the advantages of Windows 8.1.

Microsoft stresses that the Windows 8.1 will also improve operating system’s capability to compete for enterprise customers.

“Also for our enterprise customers, we see Windows 8.1 giving them that much more confidence to be able to deploy Windows 8 devices, whether that's tablets or PCs, as well as really continuing to work on their LOB app designs, which we already see them doing,” said Ms. Reller.

Microsoft will first demonstrate Windows 8.1 updates at Build conference June 26th in San Francisco. A public preview of Windows 8.1 will be available for anyone to download at that point.

Previously it was reported that Microsoft was to return Start menu and allow skip the Metro UI Start screen with the Windows 8.1 update. In addition, it is projected that the “Blue” updates will improve battery life on new-generations of microprocessors and will possible bring other performance advantages. While the full picture of Blue updates remains generally unfinished, the enhancements of Windows 8.1 over Windows 8 have already been published: