Windows 'Blue' set to preview June 26

May 14, 2013
A man navigates with Windows 8 on a Tablet on November 14, 2012 in Paris. The tweaked version of Microsoft's operating system nicknamed Windows Blue will be previewed on June 26 and will be a free update for users as Windows 8.1, the company said Tuesday.

The tweaked version of Microsoft's operating system nicknamed Windows Blue will be previewed on June 26 and will be a free update for users as Windows 8.1, the company said Tuesday.

The update comes amid a lukewarm reception for Windows 8, an operating system released last year to help the software giant transition from personal computers to tablets and other .

The move is part of a goal "of delivering continual updates to create a richer experience for Windows customers," a Microsoft blog post said.

Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc said a public preview of Windows 8.1 will be available starting on June 26, timed with the Microsoft developer conference in San Francisco.

Microsoft said recently it had sold than 100 million licenses for Windows 8 but that the update was planned after listening to customers.

Some analysts say Microsoft was forced to act because of slow adoption of Windows 8, which made some radical changes to the design of the desktop.

With Windows 8, Microsoft was trying to create a system that could be used on mobile devices while also serving the users of traditional PCs.

Microsoft launched Windows 8 last October, revamping its flagship system in an effort to make inroads in the fast-growing mobile segment. At the same time, it launched its Surface .

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baudrunner
1 / 5 (2) May 14, 2013
Windows "Blue"? First, Microsoft essentially "steals" and only slightly modifies Google Chrome's logo for its new Windows brand, and now it wants us to subconsciously identify Windows O.S. with IBM's "Blue" gene brand of super computers. Pretty shady marketing strategies, if you ask me.
Sanka
4.5 / 5 (2) May 15, 2013
I'm nor fan of Windows or Microsoft for that matter, but the Chrome logo and the new Windows logo are completely differenet.
antigoracle
1 / 5 (3) May 15, 2013
Wonder what color they chose for the BSoD.
Neinsense99
1 / 5 (3) May 25, 2013
Wonder what color they chose for the BSoD.

Good question. What color does a smashed LCD show? Oh, silly me. Their innovative products never have those problems anymore...
Neinsense99
1 / 5 (3) May 25, 2013
Somewhere in hell, there will be a section with fast internet, comfy chairs, no brimstone -- and computers with nothing but Vista on barely 'Vista capable' machines. In fact, they will run OEM copies of Windows Vista Hades Edition. Muahaha....