Microsoft is turning the air blue with its first major update for Windows 8. The software giant will be releasing Windows Blue as Windows 8.1. According to the reports, it is believed that there will be a number of small User-interface modifications in Blue that will result in much easier usability for the users and the functionality will remain perfect.

A screenshot of the Windows blue, which was labelled as Windows 8.1 Pro was recently seen on winforum.eu and was tweeted by, Roman L(a trusted source of Zdnet) with the words “Well, maybe that’s not an April Fools’ joke”.

Windows blue will be an update to the Windows 8, rather than Windows 9 and soon the company may release an update to Windows RT as well which will be called as Windows RT 8.1.

Windows 8.1 Features

Last week, few screenshots of the Windows 8.1 user-interface were leaked online, unveiling some of the fresh features including re-sizable Windows Live Tiles and Windows Phone 8 like feature of opting for a smaller Tile arrangement for Start screens.

Application menu could also be accessed by the Windows 8.1 users directly from the Start screen simply by swiping bottom of the screen upwards.The leaked screenshots also suggests the new Snap View mode which will allow concurrent running of two or four applications in the same screen.

Windows Explorer 11, IE11 could also be incorporated with Windows 8.1, with the feature to synchronize multiple tabs across multiple Windows, in the same way as a Macbook Pro can be synced with other Apple devices like iPhone 5 and iPad mini.

Windows RT 8.1 and Windows 8.1 are anticipated to be rolled out in August, but Microsoft is keeping it quiet about What consumers will be charged for the upgrades.

The software giant is not commenting on the leaked screenshots online beyond confirming Windows Blue is code-named and being used to refer the next set of company’s flagship products.

Do you think that Microsoft could have been a little more creative with their naming strategy? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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