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Windows 8.1 confirmed as official name for Blue update

The Windows Blue update will be called Windows 8.1, Microsoft has officially confirmed.

Windows Blue will be called Windows 8.1, Microsoft has confirmed. The first big update to the controversial Windows 8 software will officially have a numbered moniker when it arrives later this year.

Speaking at an industry conference in Boston today, Microsoft's two-hat-wearing CMO and CFO Tami Reller confirmed the numbered name. Up until now, the update has been codenamed Windows Blue.

Windows 8.1 is the first major update of Microsoft's latest outing, and the first chance for Microsoft to address the criticism aimed at the software's bold new look. Microsoft says it will "respond to customer feedback" with the update, which is reported to bring back more familiar elements such as a Start button and more traditional desktop.

Reller would not be drawn on the rumoured return of elements ditched in the audacious overhaul of Windows 8.

But Reller did confirm that there'd be a Windows 8.1 update for Windows RT, the stripped-down version of the software for tablets found like the Microsoft Surface

Windows 8.1 will appear as an update for your computer or laptop before the end of the year. In the meantime, you can get a sneak peek at what's in store with a Windows Blue preview in June. Or if you've bought a Windows 8 computer but don't like all this coloured square nonsense, check out our guide to making Windows 8 look like Windows 7.

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