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Microsoft promises free Windows 8.1 update

Jennifer Scott

The latest operating system from Microsoft – Windows 8 – is set to get an update this summer at no cost to its users.

Tami Reller, chief marketing officer and chief financial officer at Microsoft, confirmed the upcoming release of Windows 8.1 – previously codenamed Windows Blue – at a conference hosted by JP Morgan in Boston this week, promising it would be made available for free through the Windows Store.

In a blog post earlier this month, the executive revealed some details about what the update would involve and that it would be available for both PCs and the tablet version – Windows RT – of the operating system.

She wrote: “[Windows 8.1] will deliver the latest new innovations across an increasingly broad array of form factors of all sizes, display, battery life and performance, while creating new opportunities for our ecosystem.

“It will provide more options for businesses, and give consumers more options for work and play.”

Reller claimed the update was in response to customer feedback since launch and the ideas would be incorporated when it rolls out later in the year.

Brandon LeBlance, communications manager at Microsoft, added: “Tami reiterated our goal of delivering continual updates to create a richer experience for Windows customers. Windows 8.1 is part of that and continues the journey we first began with Windows 8 last [autumn].

Windows 8.1 will help us to deliver the next generation of PCs and tablets with our OEM partners and to deliver the experiences customers— both consumers and businesses alike —need and will just expect moving forward.”

The first public previews will be released to coincide with the Microsoft Build conference, which opens on 26 June in San Francisco, but the company has promised to share more details about the software update “in the coming weeks.”  


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