Microsoft Windows 8.1 Will Be Free – Downloads Start June 26th!

Microsoft announced Tuesday an update to its Windows 8.1 OS known previously by the code name “Windows Blue.” Windows 8.1 will be a free update for Windows 8 users when it debuts later this year, said Tami Reller, CFO and CMO of Windows, in a presentation today at JP Morgan’s Technology, Media and Telecom Conference in Boston. The update for both Windows 8 and Windows RT will be available via the Windows Start Screen through the Windows App store later this year. Microsoft has said that a public preview of the new software will be available on June 26 for those that want to try out an early version.

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“By making the Windows 8.1 upgrade free, Microsoft is indicating they weren’t satisfied with the experience,” Patrick Moorhead, an analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, told ABC News. “This is a very good step toward improving the somewhat negative sentiment about Windows 8 as a whole. But to turn the entire Windows 8 ship around, the market will need smaller, more-cost effective touch-based tablets and more titles in the Windows store, like Facebook.”

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