Tami Reller, Windows chief financial officer and chief marketing officer (Photo from Microsoft)
The upcoming Windows 8 update, known up to now by the codename “Windows Blue,” will officially be called “Windows 8.1,” Windows marketing and financial chief Tami Reller said today.
She also said Windows 8.1 will be delivered as a free update to Windows 8 and Windows RT, adding that update will be easy to get directly from the Start screen and from the Windows app store.
A preview version of Windows 8.1 will debut June 26 at the company’s annual Build conference for developers, and will be available for download.
Reller did not give a specific date for when the final version of 8.1 will be generally available but said it would be later this year and that the company is sensitive to the timing of getting hardware preloaded with Windows 8.1 out in time for the holidays.
“We understand when the holidays are,” she said.