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Windows Blue to replace Windows 8 in just a few months?

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Windows Blue to replace Windows 8 in just a few months?
So, as we all know, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 have both only been on the market a short time, but rumor has it that Microsoft may already be getting ready to release an OS update that supersedes both to an extent, called Windows Blue, and it may even replace Windows 8 in just a few months. It sounds a bit crazy, but it may be true. 

Apparently, the word is that Windows Blue will look much like Windows 8 with just some minor UI tweaks, and will likely keep the Windows 8 name, but everything behind it could be very different, including the pricing. Microsoft wants Windows Blue to be on everyone's computer, which means it could even be released for free to ensure users upgrade. From there, the idea is that Microsoft would offer regular yearly updates which will be standardized across desktop and mobile devices.

Microsoft is also planning to release a new Windows SDK along with the updates, and will stop accepting apps written using the Windows 8 SDK, although Windows 8 legacy apps will still run on Windows Blue. This change in the SDK could easily include options to make apps universal and run on any Windows device from phones to tablets and desktops. 

None of that sounds too far fetched, and it all seems like things Microsoft has been working towards. The strange thing is that the reports have Microsoft releasing this update in mid-2013,. It's unclear if you'll have to be coming from Windows 8 to update to Blue, but given that Microsoft wants this to be the standard, it would seem likely that you could come from older versions of Windows. Even if the upgrade is free initially, it will likely look like a yearly fee or subscription to keep the updates coming. 

source: The Verge

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posted on 28 Nov 2012, 20:07 10

1. coinmanmat (Posts: 12; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


sounds like it basically could be a service pack update to Win 8

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 20:29 2

2. MeoCao (unregistered)


Agree, I don't believe MS has enough innovation to make a new distinctive Windows version every year.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 21:40 7

11. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


It's not a question of innovation, it's a question of priorities.
Microsoft can't push out an "iMap quality" OS update and still expect businesses, they're biggest customers, to take it laying down

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 06:06

28. MeoCao (unregistered)


I think it shoud be about innovation. It's different in mobile where updates are free, in PC ppl have to pay.

So in MS new model I think many ppl will be fooled to upgrade w/o much value for money.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 22:28 2

14. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Boo yearly paying update subscriptions!!!!!!!!! :(

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 23:52 2

19. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


in india, ms has a huge monopoly. dont understand why u hate ms. i m sure u r using a windows pc.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 23:57 2

20. steelicon (Posts: 313; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


PC = no problem, we use Microsoft.
Phones = different story altogether.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 03:06

25. MeoCao (unregistered)


MS and Intel are the reason of stagnation in PC industry. Time and time again we witness great ideas were killed or robbed by MS and then there are no more innovation but MS.

I hate monopoly.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 09:48 1

31. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


How can someone hate Monopoly? its one of the best games i have played on my iPad. You can play it alone, you can play it with friends. I have never played such an addicting game.,i just cant stop playing it.

LOL

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 00:25

21. lonestrider (Posts: 85; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)


I think it's not an update from Win 8.
Maybe Windows Blue is just another OS which is looks so much like Win 8 but less feature. Offered for free, so everyone can try to love the looks of Win 8. Then, they'll trapped buying Win 8.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 20:44 5

3. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


Interesting. If this article is correct Microsoft wants to make seamless experience on all their devices.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 20:59 1

4. webOSlove (unregistered)


Yes, good idea for Microsoft. It will eliminate the fractured nature of their Eco system.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 21:05

5. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


ehhh, i'm not sure how i feel about W8, i'm perfectly happy with 7 but if this is gonna be free then sure, i'll do it.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 21:05

6. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I really hope Microsoft doesn't name their next product Windows 9.

If they can't think of a good name, they can't make of a good product. (what happened to windows 8) ....and with Apple :D

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 21:08

7. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3040; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I bought a decent Gaming Computer with intel quadcore i5 processor, nvidia 620 graphics card, 8gb ram, expanable to 32, 1TB of memory, and a really awesome cooling system all for 600 dollars. Too bad it's running Windows 8, I have had nothing but issues with the OS and I have only had it for 2 days now.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 21:18 1

9. yichentohjoel (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


geforce 620 and u call it a decent gaming computer?

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 21:31

10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8805; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Lol my thoughts.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 22:25

12. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3040; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


For its price and out of the box yes. Its easy to buy a new graphics card later.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 22:32

15. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3040; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Decent as for what the price I paid for the desktop. You might be think spending 3000 on a computer is the way to go but for only 600, yes its decent.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 00:38 3

22. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


It's a decent gaming computer for the price. People think you have to have the best of the best but you can't always have that if you cant afford it. My favorite spot to get the best for cheapest is newegg. Some like tiger derect I think it's called but I like new egg. You can go there and yes if you build from scratch and build it yourself you probley can get a better computer for that price but what you got it is not that bad of a computer. I think one of the important part is getting motherboard that can be upgraded easily. I got a slim line gateway computer thinking I could upgrade it wich the instruction say you can but the problem was is I could not get a power supply box that alowed me to upgrade any thing and no memory chip would go into the machine without an error. So even though you might have got a decent computer make sure it can me upgraded easily.
Also pay no attention to people that make fun of your coment or somthing you bought without actually giving a reason why and a alternative of something better. Those comments are of no help and I think should be moderated out of the coment section because it's just as bad as trolling.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 21:15

8. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I might be in the minority....but I think MS is moving too fast on the desktop side.

Look how long XP was around and allowed to become one of the most stables OS's Microsoft has. IMO....Vista was given up on too quick. If it wasnt for trying to keep up with MS I would still be running Vista now. Look how fast Win 7 came out. Then 8.

Many might not know it, but when XP first came out, it was considered a mess. All these years later and its considered on of their best OS's. XP really didnt get better until Service Pak 2.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 22:26 2

13. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3040; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


XP is still amazing.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 22:41

16. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I agree, I still use it in a dual boot set up. Eventually I will go Win 7 all the way, its time I start taking more advantage of my PC specs.

I have Win 7 64bit, XP Pro 32bit. Dual core machine, E8400 Intel cpu. I need to add more ram too, have 2GB right now. Looking to get my first quad core soon.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 22:45 1

17. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3040; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Microsoft might wanna try their best to push everyone to windows 8 or blue or whatever they are going to call it but I do agree that they need to polish and make their latest OS as stable and user friendly as possible but they seem to just wanna jump to the next OS. I cant blame anyone for sticking with XP.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 00:47

23. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


I don't think it's that long of a time and they do update there OS a lot with updates coming out all the time it just does not seem like it because like android they don't come out with versions like 4.1 to 4.2 they just come out with security updates as soon as there ready and it does not make it windows 8.1 or anything just updated version of the same system. I think the main goal was to integrate all platforms and if it works wich I hope it does it will make there tablet and phone sectors grow fast because a lot of people still use windows and it will make it so you will want a windows phone maybe. Pluse even though I still am loving android I am excited about trying my hands on a windows phone. If verizon would have got a lumia 920 or whatever it is called instead of the 820 I would have got it. I here it is an amazing phone. Especially when it comes to the hardware involved besides the processor. It has a amazing camera and recording capabilities

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 05:12 1

27. speckledapple (Posts: 879; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


ok i know i might get some strife for this but XP is no longer amazing. True its still usable but the support for it and what you can do with it versus the current is far and far between. Just like the first xbox or the playstation one or even the first android device, its time to put certain things to bed and move on.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 15:18 1

32. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3040; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I'll gladly "move on" from XP when they finally stop releasing new OS's and make them stable.

posted on 28 Nov 2012, 23:16 1

18. ghostnexus (Posts: 96; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


If Windows Phone becomes like Windows Desktop I will switch from Android because right now Android is the closest thing to Windows Desktop.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 02:50

24. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


If this is true, then Microsoft is finally coming to their senses

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 05:05

26. rabih_z (Posts: 45; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


i still have a laptop running XP and its the best windows i've used till now. and amazingly its almost lag free compered to my win7 laptop

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 06:47

29. zvioocge (Posts: 26; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


i think it will be dekstop version of win8
'coz win8 isn't optimised for mouse & keyboard

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 07:05

30. gazmatic (Posts: 625; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


I'm going to be completely honest. Xp needs to die. This morning I didnt wake up because I was up all night playing fifa 2013 on my alienware laptop running windows 8. Now i'm at work using xp on my office computer and the difference is jarring. You actually miss snapping windows and universal search is much better in 8. Not to mention that new programs dont have xp support. I've gotten used to office 2013 and skydrive. I have 25gb on my skydrive but only 2gb on my dropbox. You miss a lot of things. Little things like changing wallpaper. Anybody who defends xp is the last person I would take tech advice from. My only problem with 8 is that the minimum screen size is mandatory if you want windows 8 apps and they removed native wireless adhoc creation. Windows 8 is not perfect but it is better than 7 and lightyears ahead of xp. I welcome windows blue

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 18:57

33. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


A few examples of why XP is still a decent OS:

I have a dual boot setup with 2 seperate hard drives. I have no problems getting files from the other hard drive thru XP. Win 7? Permission errors, issues left n right trying to get files from the other drive. Kept getting a file not found error, turned out it was permissions. I cant get permissions to set right doing the whole folder, I have to do each file seperate that I come across.

Its just a more familar UI. Some things I had to play around with and search for to figure out. XP was the same way when it first came out. Many ppl stuck with Win 98 for a while. The UI changed a lil from Vista to Win 7 and it is a learning curve some what even from Vista.

By default, Win 7 asks for comfirming anything that might need admin rights. XP is just more open. Is Win Vista, 7 more secure? Maybe....but XP is more install n go with lil to no nagging.

I'm all for progress, thats why I just installed 7 over my Vista install. And Vista wasnt giving me any issues. I just didnt feel like doing all the lil tweaks to Vista to get it to perform and be as stable as 7.I did some, but I didnt feel like researching more. But I will keep XP in a dual boot until all the software I use the most is confirmed to work as good or better on 7.

2 things: I dont think we can compare first gen game consoles to OS's that we do critical things on. And I dont knock anyone for using a dual core or single core PC. I wouldnt knock someone just for having a preference for XP. Anyone thats into tech knows its never a one size fits all scenario.

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 13:32

34. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Wanted to add that after my first week with Win 7....I am impatiently waiting to see what else I want n need from my XP install so I can go full Win 7....lol Lots of lil changes I didnt really notice with Vista, may have been there in Vista too. Only issues I had was permissions and hard drive space. Got those 2 figured out and I'm good now.

XP is still a good OS tho. Browsers seems more stable on XP. Could be 32bit vs 64bit OS, dont really know.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 01:28

35. aichakacimoussa (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


windows 8 is the worst windows ever i hate it
no privacy ,no good service,

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