SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Microsoft has confirmed that it will release Windows Blue later this year and said it has sold 100 million Windows 8 licences.
Microsoft has come under fierce criticism for its tiled interface in Windows 8, with many users citing the lack of a Start button as one of its key failings. The firm has confirmed it will release Windows Blue later this year, as well as revealing that it has sold 100 million Windows 8 licences.
Microsoft CMO Tami Reller claimed that the firm has sold 100 million Windows 8 licences, which included OEM licences and upgrade licences. However Reller's confirmation that Microsoft will release Windows Blue later this year is far more important, though it seems that Microsoft is positioning Windows Blue as an update rather than an upgrade.
Reller said that Windows Blue will be released to "respond to the customer feedback" that she said Microsoft had been "closely listening to since the launch of Windows 8 and Windows RT".
Reller said, "Windows Blue is a codename for an update that will be available later this year, building on the bold vision set forward with Windows 8 to deliver the next generation of tablets and PCs. It will deliver the latest new innovations across an increasingly broad array of form factors of all sizes, display, battery life and performance, while creating new opportunities for our ecosystem."
Microsoft regularly trots out figures for the numbers of licences it has sold to OEMs for many of its products, however its 100 million Windows 8 licences claim doesn't take into account the number of enterprises and consumers that have bought a new machine preloaded with the operating system and downgraded to a previous version of Windows or installed Linux.
However given that Microsoft will release a significant update to Windows 8 within a year suggests that even it realised that sitting on its hands and ignoring users' criticisms simply wouldn't cut it. µ