Windows CFO Tami Reller spoke at the JP Morgan’s Media & Telecom conference at the beginning of the week and detailed some interesting bits regarding Windows Blue. It will end up being named Windows 8.1 and considering the recent leaks, it was about time that Microsoft confirmed this.


Previously, Microsoft promised that developers would be able to install a Public Preview version of Windows 8.1 in late June. The software will be offered as a free update to existing Windows 8 users via the Windows Store, a method that sounds just like Apple’s desktop OS updates. The improvements and features of the 8.1 release are expected to be detailed at the Build conference in June.

Among the things we expect to see are an improved Start Screen interface, support for extra screen sizes, like the 8 inch we’ve seen applied recently on an Acer tablet. OEMs are expected to release a bunch of 7 inch and 8 inch slates with Windows, pushing them for the holiday season.