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Microsoft confirms Windows Blue is coming; update will allow for smaller screened tablets

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Microsoft confirms Windows Blue is coming; update will allow for smaller screened tablets
Microsoft confirmed on its blog on Monday that the long rumored update for Windows 8 that is code named Windows Blue, will be coming later this year. According to Microsoft’s Tami Reller, the update will allow Windows to run on devices of all different display sizes, form factors and battery life. This should lead to smaller 7 inch Windows 8 powered tablets designed to compete with the 7.9 inch Apple iPad mini and the low-cost 7 inch Android tablets led by the Amazon Kindle Fire. Rumors that the update will allow for smaller sized Windows tablets have been circulating for some time. The update will also give more options for businesses and consumers for work and play, and will also allow Microsoft to respond to feedback from those using Windows 8 and Windows RT.

Microsoft's Tami Reller spilled the beans on Windows Blue

Microsoft's Tami Reller spilled the beans on Windows Blue

Reller also pointed out that the number of apps in the Windows Store has increased 6X since launch, offering more apps than iOS had available after its first year. She also passed along the news that 250 million Windows Store apps have been downloaded. Meanwhile, the number of certified devices for Windows 8 and Windows RT is up to 2,400 with more touch screen devices being added to the roster.

Finally, Microsoft said that 100 million licenses have been sold for Windows 8, up from the 60 million licenses sold by January. This figure includes licenses that are shipped along with a new PC or tablet, as well as devices updated to Windows 8.

"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. The Windows Blue update is also an opportunity for us to respond to the customer feedback that we’ve been closely listening to since the launch of Windows 8 and Windows RT. From a company-wide perspective, Windows Blue is part of a broader effort to advance our devices and services for Microsoft."-Tami Reller, CFO, Microsoft

source: Microsoft via AllThingsD

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posted on 07 May 2013, 01:06 28

1. twens (Posts: 665; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Well done,all I wish for is success for Microsoft. Windows is just an awesome operating system.

posted on 07 May 2013, 01:24 6

4. Rehankhan (Posts: 323; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


linux is actually better than windows

posted on 07 May 2013, 01:30 18

6. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


That debate is pointless. Both OS have their pecularities.

posted on 08 May 2013, 11:37 2

18. daniel_bargs (Posts: 323; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)


And yet I haven't seen anyone using Linux on their desktop & laptop IN MY WHOLE LIFE.

Linux may be known in the IT world but it doesn't make it much better than Windows.

posted on 07 May 2013, 01:31 8

7. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


Hopefully Blue Screen is not a unique feature bundled in this update (given the name) LOL.
I expect more stuff bundled in this update,

posted on 07 May 2013, 01:33 7

8. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 325; Member since: 07 May 2012)


which idiot gave the guy a thumbs down for voicing a a goo opinion.microsoft is a good os and always will be like it or not!!!

posted on 07 May 2013, 01:36 8

9. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)


*idiots

posted on 07 May 2013, 01:40 7

10. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


lol Windows haters... I bet they are thumbing down posts on a Windows PC.

posted on 07 May 2013, 01:07 5

2. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


I wish you best luck, MS. And also hope that the Blue update contains some more useful additions as well.
I am not yet jumping to MS boat yet only because I don't find a capable audio player like PowerAMP or video player like MX there. I despatately need subtitle support in my vids, and features like gapless playback, RG, good EQ in my audio player.
Otherwise, WP is one fantastic choice (WP8)

posted on 07 May 2013, 01:41 5

11. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


Wait for VLC player to come to WP then. Im waiting for 8 incher windows 8 tabs, and i can get rid of my android tab. The stock video player cant handle 10-bit encoding for matroska well and shows all kinds of artifacts occasionally during playback, and im not happy with the third party video players. Once i have Windows 8 on a compact tab i can happily go back to KMPlayer which has no problems handling all my thousands of vids and movies.

posted on 07 May 2013, 02:02 3

13. Bappy (Posts: 25; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


I wish if there was also a KM player app coming along with VLC for windows phones.

posted on 07 May 2013, 02:07 2

15. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Yeah! I need 10bit decoding + styled sub support.. mostly for anime that I watch.

posted on 07 May 2013, 02:02 1

12. wendygarett (unregistered)


I'm afraid this microsoft blue could be another failure...

posted on 07 May 2013, 02:04 9

14. Bappy (Posts: 25; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


You should be more afraid of getting banned from PA because of your constant trolling. lol

posted on 07 May 2013, 01:23 4

3. rotter.ori (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 May 2013)


The Windows Blue will come to phones too ?

posted on 08 May 2013, 13:44

19. ZeroCide (Posts: 695; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


YES it will. The windows platform will become uniform across all devices.

posted on 07 May 2013, 01:30 1

5. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Yawn...

posted on 07 May 2013, 02:13 1

16. alterecho (Posts: 1085; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


The more important question for me, as a PC user, is whether they will bring back the start menu? Will it be able to boot directly to the desktop instead of the modern UI?

posted on 07 May 2013, 02:36 3

17. CHECHEN (Posts: 23; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


4x cores+ 1080screen + fm radio + +3000mAh battery support will be great. :)

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