Microsoft shared details about Windows Blue, sold more than 100 million licenses of Windows 8
Before the Wired Business conference, which will take place tonight in new York, and which was addressed by Julie Larson-green (corporate Vice President, Windows), Microsoft has decided to share the first details about the upcoming update for Windows 8.
The update that we know codenamed Blue, will be released to users before the holidays at the end of this year. Price information and accurate premiere in the coming weeks and, most likely, events such as Computex Taipei, Microsoft TechEd and Microsoft Build 2013, which is expected and the emergence of further details about the platform and the new devices with it.
From an interview with ZDNet by Tammy Reller, CFO of Windows at Microsoft, it becomes clear that the name «Blue» is used within the company, and when the update will appear on the market, the name will be different. It is possible that the platform will be called Windows 8.1, but this has yet to be officially confirmed by the company. Not specified and the possibility for the emergence of a preliminary test version. According to Reller, the development of Blue designed with a heavy focus on feedback to the users regarding the interface of Windows 8. He neither confirmed nor denied the return of the «start» button, but noted that the company has heard the wishes of users and took them into account.
At the same time, Tammi Reller confirmed that Microsoft is preparing to extend the coverage of the operating system, adding compatibility with small devices and tablets (with screens 7-8 inches). In addition, Windows Blue will support the new Intel Core processors on the Haswell platform and the new ARM-chips from Qualcomm and NVIDIA, and according to Reller, some more compact devices appear on the market until the launch of Windows Blue. Unfortunately, journalists did not manage to find out whether Blue the beginning of a new cycle of annual software updates from Microsoft, according to rumors.
Also Tammy Reller announced 100 million sold licenses launched in October 2012, the Windows 8 operating system. This includes sold laptops and tablets preloaded with Windows 8, and sold the upgrade. The last time Microsoft announced the Windows 8 sales in January – then the number was 60 million.