As previously rumored, Microsoft today announced that the forthcoming ‘Blue’ update to Windows 8 will be called \”Windows 8.1\”. Windows CFO Tami Reller made the name official at JP Morgan\’s Technology, Media & Telecom Conference today, where she also confirmed that Windows 8.1 will be offered free of charge from the Windows Store.
There’s still no word on when exactly the update will arrive, but Microsoft announced last week that a public preview of Windows 8.1 will be available for Windows 8 and Windows RT users during its annual Build conference in late June. The company has promised that the update as a whole will launch before the end of the year.
Past rumors have said that Windows 8.1 might include a return of the Start button, a boot-to-desktop option, the next version of Internet Explorer and other such tune-ups, but officially Microsoft says that it will announce further details in the coming weeks. It’s also expected that Microsoft will partner with manufacturers to bring Windows 8.1 to smaller form factors, possibly including new tablets, but again, it appears as if mum will be the word for at least a little while longer.
Source: Windows Blog