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Windows 8.1 To Be a Free Update

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I never believed that Microsoft would charge for the “Blue” update for Windows 8, but it’s always nice to have confirmation.

From Mary Jo Foley:

“As many expected and hoped, Microsoft is going to make the coming Windows Blue update to Windows 8 free for existing Windows 8 and Windows RT users. 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”

It was also noted that “Blue” will officially be called Windows 8.1.  We have two things confirmed today, but I’m sure the rumors will continue on other 8.1 features such as the return of the start button.

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