Microsoft is reportedly planning to release a new version of Windows next year.
The new update, codenamed Windows Blue, will be available at low cost or even for free, The Verge reported, citing "several sources familiar with Microsoft's plans".
The update is part of Microsoft's plan to bring yearly updates to Windows users, the website claims, and will bring UI changes and other alterations too.
Users will supposedly need a previous copy of Windows in order to take advantage of Windows Blue, with apps and the Windows Store refusing to work if a pirated copy is used.
Microsoft will stop accepting apps that are built specifically for Windows 8 in an attempt to drive developers towards the new update, The Verge claimed.
However, Windows 8 applications will continue to work on the new platform.
It's not the first time that the Windows Blue name has been mentioned in the tech press, with ZDNet first reporting on the name back in August.