Microsoft recently confirmed that Windows Blue (now known as Windows 8.1) is going to be made available for all Windows 8 users through an update.
It is going to be available for free on Windows RT and Windows 8, downloadable from the Windows Store. There is also going to be a preview of the device on the 26th of June during Microsoft’s build conference.
Microsoft did not hint at any other features of Windows 8.1 saying that users will have to wait for June 26th for more. Microsoft announced that they continuously wanted to improve the Windows 8 user experience and Windows 8.1 was the first step for them.
Microsoft had earlier hinted that they were going to add a Start button on the desktop in Windows 8.1 which would it make it much easier to navigate through the operating system. The button is most probably not going to be anything like the start menu on Windows 8. Instead, it will take users to a start screen. It is most probably going to work like the start charm in Windows 8 or the Windows button.
Windows 8.1 is also rumored to have an option to load directly into the desktop mode directly instead of having to go through the start screen. This is going to be great for users that do not have a touch screen or ones who don’t like the new live tiles. There was an executive from Acer who had said that this was going to make this version of Windows similar to earlier versions and would be nice for users who were accustomed to earlier operating systems.
Windows 8.1 is also rumored to support smaller screen sizes. This information leads us to believe that there will be a new generation of tablets being released soon. Windows 8.1 is also rumored to include more Snap options, color options and different tile sizes.