It’s official: The Windows Blue update will be dubbed Windows 8.1, it’ll be available for Windows 8 and Windows RT devices alike, and it will cost you the low, low price of zip, nada, zilch.
Interestingly, the free Windows 8.1 update will be available through the Windows Store, not the usual Windows Update method.
“Windows 8.1 … continues the journey we first began with Windows 8 last fall,” the confirmatory Windows Blog post commented this morning. “Windows 8.1 will help us to deliver the next generation of PCs and tablets with our OEM partners and to deliver the experiences customers—both consumers and businesses alike—need and will just expect moving forward.”
Will Microsoft get it right? The Windows Blue leaks suggest the company is on the right track, but we’ll know for sure before long.
Speaking at the JP Morgan Technology, Media & Telecom Conference, Windows co-honcho Tami Reller nailed down a concrete ship date for the developer preview. Prepare to start feeling Blue in just over a month, on June 26.