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Windows Upgrade Will Be Free

Windows 8 hasn’t been the bestseller Microsoft hoped for and has supposedly confused the installed base with its looks

A week after it confirmed the existence of the thing, Microsoft Tuesday disclosed a few more tidbits about its Windows 8 upgrade, codenamed Blue.

The widgetry’s gonna be called Windows 8.1, as suspected, and it’s gonna be free for existing Windows 8 and RT customers.

A preview will be out at Microsoft’s annual developer conference at the end of next month.

Windows 8 hasn’t been the bestseller Microsoft hoped for and has supposedly confused the installed base with its looks, dictated by its touchscreen functionality.

It’s even been blamed for the recent 14% drop in PC sales. As a for instance, HP just discounted Microsoft’s $500 ARM-based RT tablet by 40%. That includes added and the docking station.

The final version should be out by the holidays and Microsoft imagines “continuously updating” the thing.

Microsoft says it’s sold 100 million Windows 8 licenses, roughly as many as Windows 7 sold at this point in its release schedule.

It’s still not clear what exactly will be different about Blue. A preview will be out June 26 timed to Microsoft’s Build developers’ conference. Changes could reportedly see a Start button returned to Windows and the system begin in desktop mode that’ll run older programs rather than with its touch-based tiles.

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at) or paperboy(at), and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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