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

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.


source: Microsoft via AllThingsD

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19 Comments

1. twens

Posts: 1167; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

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

4. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

linux is actually better than windows

6. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

That debate is pointless. Both OS have their pecularities.

18. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 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.

7. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 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,

8. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 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!!!

9. quadrazeus

Posts: 359; Member since: May 03, 2013

*idiots

10. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

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

2. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 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)

11. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

13. Bappy

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

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

15. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

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

12. wendygarett unregistered

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

14. Bappy

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

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

3. rotter.ori

Posts: 1; Member since: May 07, 2013

The Windows Blue will come to phones too ?

19. ZeroCide

Posts: 810; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

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

5. quadrazeus

Posts: 359; Member since: May 03, 2013

Yawn...

16. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 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?

17. CHECHEN

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

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

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