Windows 8.1 Will Be Free; Microsoft Holds Onto Struggling ARM Variant
May 14, 2013 2:57 PM
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Name of OS is also confirmed
Until now, we knew (officially) that
an unnamed successor
to Windows 8
would enter Release Preview testing next month
at Microsoft Corp.'s (
. Now that unnamed release has received an official title.
At JP Morgan & Chase Comp.'s (
) Media and Telecom conference today Windows chief financial officer Tami Reller
rumors that the upcoming OS,
codenamed Windows Blue
, would be christened "
More importantly, the update -- which reportedly will
allow users to boot to desktop
some semblance of the Start button
(albeit one that dumps users into Metro), and
include better mouse support in Metro
-- will be offered for free to Windows 8 customers. The update will be distributed via the Windows Store.
OEMs are hopeful the update
will revive floundering PC sales
. Q1 2013 marked
the worse percentage drop in PC unit sales in history
Tami Reller announced today that Windows 8.1 will be free. [Image Source: Microsoft News]
Tami Reller yet again addressed Microsoft's sentiments on another key topic -- Windows RT. Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
), The Lenovo Group, Ltd. (
), Dell Inc. (
), and Acer Inc. (
) -- have attacked the OS [
] have all attacked complaining about its lack of legacy compatibility and Microsoft's poor marketing of the platform. Many of these OEMs have refused to release Windows RT products, sinking sales to an anemic 200,000 tablets in Q1 2013. But Microsoft, like its hardware partners Qualcomm, Inc. (
) and NVIDIA Corp. (
], is standing clearly behind the platform.
In a statement at the conference Ms. Reller stated, "We need the flexibility of ARM"
Microsoft is standing behind its ARM product, looking to new form factors.
[Image Source: TalkVietnam]
There may be relief in sight for
Windows on ARM
(WOA), aka Windows RT. One of the improvements Windows 8.1 is expected to bring is UI adjustments to accommodate 7- and 8-inch displays. The explosion of this lower-priced segment helped propel another struggling tablet platform -- Google Inc.'s (
) Android --
from a bit player
to a serious contender, with designs like the Samsung Galaxy Tab, Amazon.com, Inc. (
) Kindle Fire, and ASUSTek Computer, Inc. (
Nexus 7 tablet
There's not much Microsoft can do about the legacy compatibility issue, other than to try to
foster the growth of ARM-compatible apps
in the Windows Store. But hopefully Microsoft improves its educational efforts, both in general on how to use Windows 8 (for new users) and the differences between Windows 8/8.1 and RT (for potential ARM device buyers).
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"Not good enough d----t, not good enough!"
5/16/2013 10:14:22 AM
Gee, thanks for the table scraps, Microsoft. They're...um...just great.
I feel like I'm in the movie
and it's lunchtime.
How about allowing desktop users to remove "metro" altogether via the "Programs and Features / Add/Remove Windows components" control panel? Anything not needed is bloat. Period.
How about restoring the customization options for font, window color, etc., that you provided in every OS for the past 30 yrs?
How about letting us choose whether or not we want the "aero glass" feature, versus a mandatory Windows basic theme? Yah, maybe I am a little nitpicky, but after spending every day of the week remoted into servers at work, I want some eye candy on my home machine! I paid for this OS and don't live in a developing country (orig. MS target market for Starter).
How about not insulting the intelligence of your customers anymore?
This timeline must not be allowed to continue!
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