Windows 8.1 Blue release date in 2013: Confirmed by @TamiReller

Microsoft is furiously "responding to customer feedback," says Reller

Windows 8.1 Blue release date

Microsoft Windows Blue (thought to be release 8.1) has an official date (sort of). In a carefully-staged offhand comment, Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) CMO and CFO of Windows, Tami Reller (pictured), officially leaked that it'll be out "later this year."

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers debate whether Windows 8 is selling better than 7 or worse than Vista.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

John Ribeiro puts it mildly:

The update to Windows 8 comes in the wake of sometimes adverse user feedback.

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First quarter PC shipments [were] down 13.9 percent [on] last year, in part because Windows 8 failed to boost sales. ... Microsoft has recently crossed the 100 million licenses sold mark. ... [It] continues to be optimistic about the PC business.IDC said in April.  MORE

Lawrence Latif is less circumspect:

Microsoft has come under fierce criticism...with many users citing the lack of a Start button as one of its key failings. ... [It] said that Windows Blue will be released to "respond to the customer feedback."

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[The] 100 million Windows 8 licences claim doesn't take into account the number of enterprises and consumers that have...downgraded to a previous version of Windows or installed Linux. ... [Microsoft] realised that sitting on its hands and ignoring users' criticisms simply wouldn't cut it.  MORE

Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc bowls underarm to Windows' CMO/CFO, Tami Reller:

Windows 8 is a big, ambitious change. ...change takes time, [but] we feel good about the progress. ... The PC is very much alive and increasingly mobile. [It's] rapidly evolving to include new convertible devices and amazing new touch laptops, and all-in-ones.

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Windows Blue is a codename for an update that will be available later this year. ... It will provide more options for businesses, and give consumers more options. [It's] also an opportunity for us to respond to the customer feedback.  MORE

But Preston Gralla channels another voice: Bill Gates:

Gates...tout[ed] Windows 8 as the solution, because it bridges the world of PCs and tablets. ...he took a swipe at the market-leading iPad, and said that Windows 8 tablets will succeed because...they are built to use Office, and include keyboards.

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The company wants to use Office as a way to get people to buy Windows 8 and...RT tablets. ... So don't be surprised if there's no version of Office for iOS and Android [anytime soon].  MORE

Anyway. Is 100 million a lot? Harry McCracken adds context:

[I] rummage[d] around...for past sales data for...Windows dating back to version 1.0, which debuted in November 1985. ... What’s fascinating is the overall trend and what it says about the number of PC users.

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[For example] Windows 3.0 sold four million copies in its first year. ...one of the industry’s biggest smashes until that time. Today, Windows 8 is selling 50 times as fast. ...an encouraging sign or evidence that it’s a disappointment?

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Your thoughts?  MORE

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