Windows Blue may be Windows 8.1, if a screenshot is to be believed


Last week we heard murmurs about Windows Blue being shown off to the public by Microsoft this June. Now a screenshot by an anonymous user going by the name ‘Kacper.K’ indicates Windows Blue may actually be Windows 8.1.

Check out the screenshot above. You can clearly see it state “Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro”, which is where the whole idea of Windows Blue being Windows 8.1 is coming from. While this is, after all, an unsubstantiated rumor, this is inline with previous rumors that Microsoft plans on moving to an yearly refresh cycle for Windows. If Microsoft is in fact moving to yearly releases of new versions of Windows, it would make sense to label that as incremental upgrades (with, hopefully, incremental upgrade prices) as opposed to whole new versions.

Let’s see what happens.

[via Engadget, image via WinForum]

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  • Gonzo

    Forgot to mention:
    There’s kind of a pattern: if the new OS Release has no huge changes, then the major version remains the same.

  • Gonzo

    If you’ve been following Windows versions for some time now, it was quite obvious that Windows “Blue” would be 8.1.

    Check the version numbers for the following and you’ll see what I mean:
    -Windows 95, 98, 98SE, Me.
    -Windows 2000, XP, 2003, 2003 R2
    -Windows Vista, 2008, 7, 2008 R2

    You’ll notice that each group share the major version number, but differ in the minor version number. They’ve been doing this for quite some time now, so no surprise…

  • Ashraf

    [@Strahd] Nope. That is just a screenshot of the desktop

  • Strahd

    Looking at the screenshot, it looks like the metro style is being kicked to the curb and a return to the familiar and liked desktop user interface is back.

  • DoktorThomas

    Maybe that’s why used XP machines and new Win7 PCs are getting hard to find: everyone win(H)8s!

  • Ed

    Could be, possibly. I try not to read into anything anyone posts until Microsoft actually starts releasing for beta testing anyway.