It was an open but yet to be confirmed secret that Microsoft is planning to release a new OS. We even know the name as Windows Blue. Everybody and anybody who knows Microsoft seems not surprised to see them busy working on the release of a new OS. After Windows 8 sales failed to pick up and meet up to its expectation, Microsoft seems to be in damage control. Don’t forget, it worked very well before. Remember how Microsoft compensated ME with release of XP, Vista with Windows 7.
Tami Reller the CMO and CFO of Microsoft‘s Windows Division put an end to all these speculations in recent JP Morgan’s Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in Boston. The next release from Microsoft will be Windows 8.1. The update is currently known by its code name Blue. The update is for desktop and RT versions. She revealed the new release will be a major update which will be rolled down before the end of this year. But a release preview will be released next month, most probably by June 26th.
The new update will be offered free of charge for existing Windows 8 customers. Microsoft assured customers that they can proceed with purchasing Windows 8 now and they won’t be charged anything additional in future for updating to Windows 8.1.
However, not much is known about Windows 8.1. Hopefully, Microsoft will bring back the Start button and old desktop mode with latest update. Not yet clear, if this is a major update like service pack to Windows 8 or a complete overhaul of entire OS? Reller didn’t give more details about the update.
Microsoft recently announced hitting 100 million copies sales of Windows 8. Even though the stats are not bad, it is not expected to show the upward trend in sales. Windows 7 sold 240 million copies in first year and it may not happen with Windows 8.