win8I just read on the Windows team blog that “Windows Blue” will be named Windows 8.1 and it will be free to Windows 8 customers!

Tami Reller shared with the audience that the update previously referred to as “Windows Blue” will be called Windows 8.1and will be a free update to Windows 8

Ms.Reller went on to say that “even though the Windows ecosystem needs to know where Microsoft is going so it can go with the company, the Windows team still needs to listen to its customers and partners about what they want.”

To me this means that: yes, we have a new application platform in the new Windows 8 UI, previously know as Metro Apps, and we want you to use it and develop to it. We also value our long time customers who use some of the 3 million traditional applications and are interested in having the management and experiences that they have come to expect from a Windows machine. This along with the awesome hardware that are partners are currently putting out is a huge win for those of us who do work on these machines. (Check out the the Dell XPS 12, the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13, the Sony VAIO Tap 20, or the recently announced Acer Aspire R7)

Read the whole Windows Team article here: