Windows 8.1 (Blue) Confirmed as a Free Update

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by Island Dog | Discussion: WinCustomize News

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Many rumors have been going around as to the price, if any, of the upcoming Windows 8.1 (aka “Blue”) update.  Today we get a confirmation that “Blue” will be officially named Windows 8.1, and will be a free update to Windows 8 users.

Source: Mary Jo Foley/ZDnet

“Microsoft's Windows Chief Financial Officer Tami Reller, during an appearance at the May 14 JP Morgan Technology, Media & Telecom Conference, shared the pricing news. She noted that pricing for non-Windows 8 users will be in line with what Microsoft is currently charging for Windows 8, which is $120 for the upgrade and $200 for the full product (estimated retail prices, not including any kind of discounts). “

Another item of note is that they announced there are over 70,000 modern apps in the Windows Store now available.  That’s a lot of apps and don’t forget you can run them in a Window on the desktop with ModernMix.

benmanns
Reply #1 Tuesday, May 14, 2013 1:40 PM

Damn the conspiracy guys were wrong again windows is not jumping onto the pay train for point releases... 

 

LightStar
Reply #2 Tuesday, May 14, 2013 3:28 PM

Now if we can only get Windowblinds 8 and SKS 8.....

TechNoWeb
Reply #3 Tuesday, May 14, 2013 4:56 PM

I figured it was going to be a service pack. I can't wait to install it and see if their are some goodies that is going to come with it. I know IE11 is going to be there.

I guess I will just have to wait and see

Daiwa
Reply #4 Tuesday, May 14, 2013 11:15 PM

Wonder if all you need is a license for 8 to get 8.1, or if you need an installed OS.  Should be interesting - I suspect there are many like me who have 1 or more licenses (got 'em while they were only $40) but have yet to install them on anything.

 

EDIT:  Then again, don't need it till I 'need' it.

delve-miller
Reply #5 Wednesday, May 15, 2013 9:16 AM

Was wondering since the start button is used with WB than were we waiting on this upgrade (that hopefully includes a start button) to finish WB8? Was just asking. I don't know much about programming. In fact, its like a car for me.. I got the steering wheel down pact..but not much else!!

delve-miller
Reply #6 Wednesday, May 15, 2013 9:16 AM

sorry about double post  

Island Dog
Reply #7 Wednesday, May 15, 2013 11:06 AM

delve-miller
Was wondering since the start button is used with WB than were we waiting on this upgrade (that hopefully includes a start button) to finish WB8? Was just asking. I don't know much about programming. In fact, its like a car for me.. I got the steering wheel down pact..but not much else!!

There's no relation between 8.1 and WindowBlinds.  We already have a start button/menu - Start8.

 

Daiwa
Reply #8 Wednesday, May 15, 2013 11:37 AM

Island Dog
There's no relation between 8.1 and WindowBlinds.

That is sadly true.  Hint, hint.

delve-miller
Reply #9 Sunday, May 19, 2013 12:56 PM

Thanks Island Dog. The 1st part of your answer is what I was wondering about.. (Have Start8, got it when it 1st came out.)

Anthony R
Reply #10 Sunday, May 19, 2013 8:04 PM

Does Blue revert 8 back to Win7? It might actually be useful then.

Icero
Reply #11 Sunday, May 19, 2013 8:43 PM

Anthony R

Does Blue revert 8 back to Win7? It might actually be useful then.

But then, how is Stardock supposed to sell their popular Start8 product if Blue does come with the start menu that was forcibly taken out to test people and gather customer feedback as if we were all guinea pigs part of a science experiment gone wrong?

No seriously though, so if it is a Service pack update (I thought Microsoft pulled away from this??????), then does that mean Windows 8 is here to stay???

What?? No! I want the next version of Windows in an .iso format!

Neil Banfield
Reply #12 Monday, May 20, 2013 12:51 PM

LightStar

Now if we can only get Windowblinds 8 and SKS 8.....

Perhaps we will call it WB 8.1 and SKS 8.1

Daiwa
Reply #13 Monday, May 20, 2013 1:22 PM

Oh, you are cruel, Neil.

 

EDIT - Then again, maybe not - Thanks for WB 7.90.

Uvah
Reply #14 Tuesday, May 21, 2013 5:34 AM

I just had a terrible thought. What if Microstuff looks at SD's devs and tries to spirit them away? Oh no! MS might learn something.

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