Redmond had already confirmed, what it called an internal set of plans called Blue, but all other details were kept under wraps. Until now, that is. The company has come out in the open with some new specifics.

Microsoft’s chief marketing officer and chief financial officer, Tami Reller confirmed a whole bunch of details in an interview posted on the official Windows blog. She added that a Windows Blue upgrade was on schedule for release later this year.

Additionally, Blue would serve as the foundation for a variety of new devices — quite likely smaller tablets. In other words, we pretty much have a confirmation that smaller tablets are heading on our way very soon:

“Windows Blue is a codename 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.”

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. It will provide more options for businesses, and give consumers more options for work and play.”

Reller did not provide any concrete launch date, but insider sources are very confident that Windows Blue is set to arrive in beta form in June at the BUILD developer conference. The full version is expected to be on its way for an August or September release.

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