After tons of rumors, leaked screenshots and much more it looks like Microsoft has finally has confirmed the existence of Windows 8.1, which is better known as Windows Blue. Microsoft let the information go in a interview with Tami Reller (Microsoft’s CFO) on the official Windows Blog.
“Windows Blue is a codename for an update that will be available later this year, building on the bold vision set forward with Windows 8 to deliver the next generation of tablets and PCs. It will deliver the latest new innovations across an increasingly broad array of form factors of all sizes, display, battery life and performance, while creating new opportunities for our ecosystem. It will provide more options for businesses, and give consumers more options for work and play. The Windows Blue update is also an opportunity for us to respond to the customer feedback that we’ve been closely listening to since the launch of Windows 8 and Windows RT. From a company-wide perspective, Windows Blue is part of a broader effort to advance our devices and services for Microsoft.”
Windows Blue will be optimozed for smaller screens and smaller resolutions out of the box. The update will also have a number of fixes based on user’s feedback of Windows 8. This could mean the return of the Start Menu button.
So as it looks Windows Blue will be an incremental upgrade to Windows 8 not a whole new operating system as many were thinking. Windows Blue will starting rolling out in the 2nd half of 2013. No word yet if there will be a cost associated with the upgrade, we are hoping it will be free!