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#1 Ice_Blue

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 00:10

Today at the JP Morgan Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in Boston, Tami Reller shared with the audience that the update previously referred to as “Windows Blue” will be called Windows 8.1and will be a free update to Windows 8 for consumers through the Windows Store.

During her remarks today, 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 fall. 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.

Today, there are more devices – and choice – allowing you to pick the right Windows 8 device that meets your needs. Windows 8 provides a great experience for consuming and creating content, for both work and play and on the go. And you’ll immediately benefit from continual updates – whether it’s from app updates through the Windows Store, performance updates through Windows Update or the Windows 8.1 update later this year.

We have much more to share about Windows 8.1 in the coming weeks. We will also be making a public preview of Windows 8.1 available starting on June 26, timed with the Build developer conference in San Francisco. The preview will be available for Windows 8 and Windows RT.


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#2 Growled

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 00:35

I hate how they just leaving you hanging. I want some real information.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 00:40

^ Yeah. I wonder if Win 7 users will be able to try it out too, that is, will you be able to install it on any computer like the release/consumer/dev previews.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 00:43

^ Yeah. I wonder if Win 7 users will be able to try it out too, that is, will you be able to install it on any computer like the release/consumer/dev previews.




No cause the update which will be huge is only via the Windows store on windows 8 this is only for windows 8 users if you want to try out windows 8.1 it be a retail DVD or something when it is released and it cost ya . i am on windows 8 so it is a no issue for me

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 00:53

No cause the update which will be huge is only via the Windows store on windows 8 this is only for windows 8 users if you want to try out windows 8.1 it be a retail DVD or something when it is released and it cost ya . i am on windows 8 so it is a no issue for me


So, no .iso directly from Microsoft, then. :/

#6 Azies

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 01:02

So, no .iso directly from Microsoft, then. :/


Continued terrible mistakes by Microsoft, defended by all their fanboys with Microsoft Avatars in their display picture...

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 04:52

We don't know for sure yet there won't be some kind of ISO provided.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 06:21

We don't know for sure yet there won't be some kind of ISO provided.


This is why Microsoft's reluctance to divulge information of this type is so baffling.
I guess all will be known on the 26th of June.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 07:02

In the past, service packs and releases like Win3.1 saw physical medium releases, right? Even OS X Lion, which is supposedly "App Store only" can still be acquired in a physical form. I'd be very surprised if 8.1 had no way to be installed as a base OS.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 07:10

In the past, service packs and releases like Win3.1 saw physical medium releases, right? Even OS X Lion, which is supposedly "App Store only" can still be acquired in a physical form. I'd be very surprised if 8.1 had no way to be installed as a base OS.


You will just be able to purchase it like you can with Windows 8 at the moment, I would be amazed if that didn't happen!

When Windows 7 SP1 was released, retail copies of Windows 7 were sold with SP1 integrated. I see the exact same happening here. The only difference is Windows 8.1 will add features to the OS.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 07:25

Continued terrible mistakes by Microsoft, defended by all their fanboys with Microsoft Avatars in their display picture...


What... Why would MS release a windows 8 update for everyone.... It makes no sense... Windows 8 haters are getting more desperate in things to hate it seems. Or was that not the point you where trying to get across, cause it seemed like it.

As for Windows 8.1, I wouldn't expect anything major. Basically something akin to xp SP2. A service pack but with a few extra feature enhancements bundled in. Which does not officially include a redundant start button according to MS.

#12 Kaze23

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 07:42

Today at the JP Morgan Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in Boston, Tami Reller shared with the audience that the update previously referred to as “Windows Blue” will be called Windows 8.1and will be a free update to Windows 8 for consumers through the Windows Store.


Sooooo....not through Windows Update? Kinda weird.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 08:52

Sooooo....not through Windows Update? Kinda weird.

Windows Update is for smaller hotfixes, a few third-party updates and minor updates like that. Even service packs are just collections of previous hotfixes. Win8.1 is far more significant than anything like that, so it make sense they're using the App Store.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 10:54

Windows 8.1 is not a service pack it is a update to the whole system adding in many new features and enhancements to windows 8


Here is a small list run down of currently known features or improvements to windows 8.1 Source: http://en.wikipedia....dows_8.1_update


  • Windows shell:
    • Additional Metro apps: a calculator,[86] alarm clock,[86] sound recorder,[86] video editing app[86] and a file manager[160]
    • Updated PC Settings component: Includes more options that were previously exclusive to Control Panel[161][162]
    • Improved multi-tasking in Metro-style environment: The size of the columns that snapped apps occupy can be changed, although the minimum remains Windows 8's 320 pixels.[162] Snapped apps may occupy half of the screen.[86] Large screens allow up to four apps to be snapped.[86] Upon launching an app, Windows allows the user to pick which snapped view the app should open into.[160]
    • A kiosk mode to lock down the device to a single Metro-style app for an embedded-like terminal experience.[163][164]
    • "Take screenshot" option in the Share charm[165]
    • "Play" option in the Devices charm for playing content to another device[166]
  • Start screen:
    • The "All Apps" section, now accessed with a hidden downward arrow or upward touch gesture, features a visible search bar. It is dismissed by similar button with an upward arrow.[167]
    • Start screen tiles can now be locked in place to prevent accidental shifting of tiles that results in frustrating loss of organization.[165]
    • More size options for live tiles on Start screen: small, medium and large plus an extra large size for Desktop tile[86] The "small" size is one fourth of default size in Windows 8.[161][162]
    • Expanded color options on the Start screen, which now allows users to customize a color and a shade of one's own choice instead of choosing from limited colors[86]
    • Start screen's uninstall command allows Metro-style apps to be uninstalled from multiple computers.[168]
  • Internet Explorer 11[161][162] which includes WebGL and SPDY support[169] and redesigned developer tools.[170]
  • Windows PowerShell v4.0: Features a host of new commands for managing the Start screen, Windows Defender, Windows components, hardware and network.[171]
  • Increased SkyDrive integration, including automatic device backups[86]
  • Support for:


#15 Azies

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 22:38

What... Why would MS release a windows 8 update for everyone.... It makes no sense... Windows 8 haters are getting more desperate in things to hate it seems. Or was that not the point you where trying to get across, cause it seemed like it.

As for Windows 8.1, I wouldn't expect anything major. Basically something akin to xp SP2. A service pack but with a few extra feature enhancements bundled in. Which does not officially include a redundant start button according to MS.


....lol wow did I totally call that one.

Anyway, I guess I need to address the reply seriously, in the past we had the ability to get disks, for instance, Windows XP, with a service pack pre-installed. Not having the ability to get a copy of Windows 8.1 on a disk, and having to buy Windows 8, then get Windows Blue on it, is frustrating. It is nice that they're giving the update away for free, but if they're trying to get people to upgrade to Windows 8, wouldn't it be easier if their copies of Windows 8 had 8.1 included?

Also, wouldn't it make sense to have it distributed via Windows Update rather than the Store?