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New details on Windows Blue and how it brings Windows Phone to tablets and desktops

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New details on Windows Blue and how it brings Windows Phone to tablets and desktops
We have heard a couple rumors about Windows Blue, which is the reported update to Windows that is planned for mid-2013. What we had heard before was that the update was planned to be the universal version of Windows, and could possibly be offered for free to accomplish that goal. We also heard that it could bring support for 7 and 8 inch tablets, and now we're getting new details on how Blue will bridge the gap between tablets, desktops, and Windows Phone.

According to a PCBeta forum member, Windows Blue is also being referred to as "Windows 9 Dev", and one of the main visual updates to Windows 8 (and theoretically RT as well) will be bringing the WP8 resizable Live Tiles to tablets and desktops. Additionally, the update will retain the "legacy" desktop mode, but will update the UI on the desktop mode to be more flattened and in line with the Metro UI aesthetic. 

Under the hood, the Blue update is said to be using a new version of the Windows kernel, version 6.3, which should make everything smoother and more polished. 

All in all, that's a lot of rumors surrounding this update, and a few of them are quite believable. We're hoping Microsoft unveils some real info soon. 

source: PCBeta via BGR

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posted on 26 Dec 2012, 22:22 3

1. Padmasali (Posts: 15; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


This is a good news... ios and android shares phone and tablets in one platform... but, Microsoft try to bring tablets, phones and allso PC's in one platform... Windows Blue is big project for Microsoft...

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 22:29 3

3. milesboy5 (Posts: 144; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


Ya we shall see if that 'big project' is successful or not. Not being a doubter buuuuttt Microsoft is entering uncharted territory by introducing a UI to a computer that is similar to that of what it uses on its smartphones.

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 23:25 1

5. Peter98 (Posts: 119; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


And people will try it out if it is really FREE of charge.

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 22:27 3

2. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


This would be huge if it works. Wild card would be the success of Windows 8 on desktops. I have 7 now....and I have no want or need to get 8 unless it was pre installed on a PC I wanted. Since I go the custom PC route, that will never happen.

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 14:43

13. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


You should give it a try. Windows 8 runs smoother and faster than 7 on the same hardware. Also, once you figure out how to navigate the new UI (which is actually quite simple) it can be more productive as well.

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 17:24

15. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I just jumped to Win 7 a few months ago...lol. Thats also part of the reason.

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 22:59

4. ajerseyjr (Posts: 10; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)


They should change the name. I hate the name Windows Blue!

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 05:16

17. rollacosta (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


windows pink perhaps?

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 00:43 1

6. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5558; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i'm definitely more interested in this now. o:

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 01:13 1

7. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 357; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


They should also focus on making sync a piece of cake between WP8 and desktop... and similar to MAC OS and iOS they should bring app syncing wirelessly

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 02:31 1

8. twens (Posts: 545; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Soon and very soon. That day will come when people will finally understand what microsoft is doing. Windows 8 is fantastic on my envy dv7. Cant wait for this update

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 02:42

9. susuFOX (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Dec 2012)


I understand that it got a newer kernel, but resizable tiles?
It's already available in the current version of Windows 8, I'm confused...

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 03:18

10. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1048; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I hope that the Windows 8 desktop is updated to have resizable live tiles on the desktop that way a person would not have to go back to the modern UI start screen AKA Metro start screen to access some of those great full screen Windows Modern UI apps I also hope that Microsoft makes it's Own App to restore the start button to the desktop. Folks there are free versions of programs to restore the Start button on the desktop but how safe are they? Microsoft personnel know the Windows 8 OS better than anyone so they should make the App and put it in the Windows 8 and 8 pro store. that way the start button is restored the best way the Microsoft way.by the way modern UI tiles in Windows 8 are resizable to to 2 sizes whereas Windows phone 8 Apps tiles are resizable to 3 sizes.Yoo Microsoft create some new tiles that have rounded corners. the Tiles would look Better than those sharp cornered tiles you have on windows Smart phones and windows 8 and 8 Pro and windows RT OS screens People like to look at rounded objects more than straight edged ones Trust me on this you will sell more devices if they look better to the human eye

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 05:42

11. MeoCao (unregistered)


I can understand why MS has to have W8 and WP8 separate, but I just don't understand why they need Windows RT. Why not use WP8 instead?

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 08:41

12. kadalil (Posts: 20; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


yes they should make their tiles have rounded corners or at least ve a 3d effect

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 15:15

14. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


Doesn't Apple have a patent on round cornered tiles? lol

posted on 29 Dec 2012, 00:56

19. milesboy5 (Posts: 144; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


I believe there patent to be on round cornered hardware...nothing to do with software...such as the tiles. I could be wrong tho

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 01:44

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


i really love windows 8! super fast! 6 seconds from shut down to desktop! and more powerful! hahahahahha and uniting all of that... tablet, phone, pc... that is the epitomy of success for a tech company. they will dominate if it succeeds

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 09:33

18. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1048; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


if this Update is as powerful as it appears to be then folks you might have to do a clean install which would mean you have to back up your files and reinstall all you Windows programs. if it is a real improvement on Windows 8 then I will go for it even though I would have to reinstall all my Windows programs. I have experimented with the free start button
return programs to see how well they work but how safe are they? I want Microsoft to make the App to do this because it would be done I think safer than 3rd party programs what do you folks think? Hmm will blue include an MS start button return app.

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 18:25

20. saldriass (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


i realy dont know if wndows blue will bring some thing new or not..but i hope it can be better then windows 8 i just found some thing about it in this site maybe u wil like to see it windowsbleu.com

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