Microsoft officially changed name of Windows 'Blue' to '8.1'. Microsoft planned long ago to bring out the experience of Surface OS to public innovating technology. The on-screen keyboard slowly becoming the sole option with new improved displays and Windows 8 touch technology. A free update of Windows 8.1 will be available for current Windows 8 users.
Microsoft has confirmed to release free upgrade under brand name “Windows 8.1”. It was first called Windows Blue. But from now onward, Windows Blue will be called Windows 8.1. The announcement was made by Tami Reller in JP Morgan’s Technology, Media & Telecom Conference held on Tuesday in Boston. He is the chief financial Officer and chief marketing officer of Windows Operating Systems. Every project under development in beta testing is always given a code name in Microsoft territory. When it is ready to pack, an official build number and name is assigned.
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Code Name and Release Date
As said by Tami, 8.1 updated build will be made available on 26th June 2013. It will be freely available to all. Free mean the existing Windows 8 license holders can avail it. But those users, who use any other OS, can use benefit from it after buying an original Windows 8 license. In previous press conferences and blog posts, company kept the secret about name and nature of new release. Many tech experts were expecting a heavy update or renewed OS under name Windows 9.
Windows 8 Devices
Many leading OEM manufacturers have delivered laptops of all types like touchscreen, detachable, convertible and regular. This new OS increased competition among device manufacturers in design also which was not an important factor before. Below are few Win-8 devices along with many others available in market.
- Dell XPS 10
- Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2
- Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13
- Sony VAIO Tap 20
- Samsung ATIV Smart PC 700T
- Toshiba Satellite P845T
- HT Envy 20 TouchSmart
- HP Envy x2
- HP Split x2
- Asus VivoTab Smart
- Asus VivoTab
- Acer Aspire R7
Price range starts from $399.99 to more than $1,199. You can choose a product of your choice either tablet, notepad, notebook or laptop.
Windows Market Place
Windows online store is a place for you to enjoy shopping of Windows applications. Empty your wallet by spending hard earned money on games, business apps or tools. Store has more than 70,000 apps. The most famous ones are Facebook, Twitter, Google Maps, eBay, Netflix and many others.
Windows 8 have embraced more than 100 million machines and devices since its launch. Among this number of licenses are issued for Personnel Computers new, upgrades, Tablet PCs and Smartphones. Tami Reller further said in his address that in June more light would be shed on new version in “Build Developer Conference” which will be held in San Francisco, USA. Company shares rose 45 cents after free launch update and last closing stock value was $33.25 on same day.