Microsoft said Tuesday it has sold more than 100 million licenses for the Windows 8 operating system launched six months ago, and will release an updated version later this year.
“Windows Blue is a code name for an update that will be available later this year, building on the bold vision set forward with Windows 8 to deliver the next generation of tablets and PCs,” said Windows chief marketing officer Tami Reller in a blog post.
“It will deliver the latest new innovations across an increasingly broad array of form factors of all sizes, display, battery life and performance, while creating new opportunities for our ecosystem.”
She added that Windows Blue “is part of a broader effort to advance our devices and services for Microsoft.”
Windows, the first version of which was launched in the 1990s, remains the dominant PC platform with some 90 percent of the world market. But in the mobile world, it is struggling against Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android system.
The company sold a modest 900,000 of its Surface tablets in the first quarter, according to research firm IDC.