Microsoft planning big touch improvements for Windows Blue

Microsoft planning big touch improvements for Windows Blue
We've heard rumors here and there about Windows Blue, which is expected to be the next iteration of the platform. There's no word of when it's coming, or even what exactly it will be, but a new video from a private Microsot MSFTKitchen event is giving a couple hints. It seems that touch improvements are in the plans for Blue.

The rumors have said that Blue could point to a new paradigm for Microsoft, which could include a subscription to Windows and more frequent updates, all in an effort to bring everyone to the same platform version (aka no more XP stragglers), and also that Blue could include support for 7-8" tablets. In the MSFTKitchen video Microsoft's chief technical strategy officer, Eric Rudder, talks about Blue a bit, even saying that Microsoft is planning to "extend touch in even more dramatic fashion".

Later in the video, the name "Blue" is seemingly confirmed when it is said that Microsoft is working to add watercolor and mixed media to the Fresh Paint app "for Blue". 


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7 Comments

1. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

That means there wont be a WP8.5 some where in the middle of the year? Well that sucks coz wp8 has a ton of flaws.

4. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

there is suppose to be a lot of minor updates before "blue"

2. WyclefJean

Posts: 44; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Fail at the start..beh..expected..

3. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

From this entire video, I think my favorite feature was being able to bring in any image in FreshPaint for Windows Blue and treat it as if it were a wet painting, meaning being able to alter the image itself by mixing colors, blending/blurring parts of the image, etc. Very cool.

5. 3SM.. unregistered

Well they should be fixing the issues in WP8, rather than working on Blue.

6. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Is time Microsoft do whole interface touch friendly.

7. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

I thought ppl are just getting used to the whole Window 8 experience? Lets hope there wont be another "Vista" experience guy .

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