Late last year, we told you about the next iteration of Windows, said to be called Windows Blue
. According to sources familiar with Microsoft's plans, the software giant is aiming at a Summer release
of its Windows Blue OS. The software will support mobile devices with 7 and 8 inch screens
. At the same time, a version of Windows Blue will be available for mobile phones
. The next iteration of Windows will bring the IE11 browser with it. The sources say that Microsoft has recently completed Milestone 1 for Windows Blue and is said to be working on a Milestone preview which will result in a public preview of the software for current Windows 8 users (more on that below).
The sources say that Bing
plays an important part in Windows Blue and that the Bing team has been working on new ways to improve the search experience. One scenario mentioned was when a user searches for a movie, apps would appear that would allow the person searching to play the film, or link to apps that will allow the user to view the movie.
The public preview of Windows Blue is expected to launch within the next few months to allow current Windows 8 users to provide feedback for Microsoft after testing the new OS. Plans call for Microsoft to allow just one preview of Windows Blue.