Breaking Good News from TechEd North America 2013

TechEd_SurfaceTo smooth out the disappointment caused by my previous post I went and grabbed my Surface devices. One for myself (the Surface RT 64GB  for $99) and one for work (the Surface Pro 128GB for $399). Those suckers cost four times that much at the retailers so money well spent. It was an offer for all TechEd North america Attendees, here’s a link.

I can’t wait to start messing around with the Pro as it is a small (domain joinable) PC after all.

Windows 8.1 aka “Windows Blue”

The cyberspace has been filled with rumors about the next Windows OS version called “Windows Blue”. Well, now it’s official, in The Official Microsoft Blog and Blogging Windows Microsoft announces that they’ll be unveiling the update to Windows 8 at the Build Conference June 26th.

Now it has a name, Windows 8.1 instead of the code name “blue”. That’s good. Although I think it adds up to the confusion with the already messed up naming history. The internal version number of Windows 7 is 6.1, Windows 8 is 6.2. Now the new version on the cover says 8.1, couldn’t it have been Windows 6.21 or 6.2.1 or 6.2.5? 🙂

It’s gonna be free, for Windows 8 and RT, and distributed via Windows Store. Hopefully there’s gonna be some corporate means to deploy it via WSUS or SCCM etc. I’m kinda pleased that it’s gonna be “just” an update instead of a brand new release.