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[EGT] Microsoft drops the Blue codename, confirms Windows 8.1 for free. Preview June 26th  

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One of the worst kept secrets rattling around Microsoft's campus is Windows Blue, the forthcoming update to Windows 8 that addresses users' bugbears about the OS. Now, Microsoft is officially rechristening the platform, and with a more staid name: Windows 8.1. Tami Reller, the CMO and CFO of Microsoft's Windows Division made the big reveal during JP Morgan's Technology, Media & Telecom Conference. The upgrade will be free and available from the home screen when it launches, while a preview version will be opened up to the public on June 26th at the beginning of Build 2013.

http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/14/windows-blue-details/

More here:
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/05/14/microsoft-to-name-new-software-windows-8-1-and-its-free/
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Good to know it will be free. I like free.
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Great to know it will be a free upgrade as I just purchased a copy of Windows 8 the other day for a PC I am building. I'm interested in how/when these updates trickle down to the Surface and Windows RT.

EDIT: The article says it will be coming for RT as well. Awesome!
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Glanced through those articles. Does it seem like they're focusing this update on bringing WIndows 8 to more (smaller) devices more-so than anything else? I haven't read up much on Windows 8.1, so I don't know what major changes they have planned.
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Microsoft executives have acknowledged missteps with Windows 8, and the company has said it is working hard to encourage hardware companies to offer more devices with touchscreens, which Microsoft and others say is a better experience than computers operated with a keyboard and mouse.

rolleyes.gif Right Microsoft. Thanks for telling me what my preferences are.
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So instead of Windows 8 SP1 its 8.1.

The hilarity of it - if they would of charged it.
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Jobs said some time ago that they played with the idea of touch screen macs. It simply wasnt ergonomic or useful compared to just using the traditional mouse and keyboard.

http://www.businessinsider.com/steve-jobs-touch-screen-mac-2010-10

metro can be used with a mouse and keyboard, but if microsoft wants to push touch screen computers like all in ones, they're going to have a bad time.
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Oh goody! Free! This means people have zero room to complain!
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Oh goody! Free! This means people have zero room to complain!

Unless MS does a full 180 on forcing Metro down the throats of desktop users, there will still be plenty of room to complain.
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it will be available for free to encourage as many people as possible to take up the new software.

To me that says as a none windows 8 owner I could get it for free, is this the case?
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