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

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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20 Comments

1. Padmasali

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 31, 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...

3. milesboy5

Posts: 179; Member since: Nov 07, 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.

5. Peter98

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

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

2. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

13. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 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.

15. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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

4. ajerseyjr

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 10, 2012

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

17. rollacosta

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

windows pink perhaps?

6. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

7. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 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

8. twens

Posts: 1154; Member since: Feb 25, 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

9. susuFOX

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 27, 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...

10. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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

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?

12. kadalil

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

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

14. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

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

19. milesboy5

Posts: 179; Member since: Nov 07, 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

16. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 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

18. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

20. saldriass

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 25, 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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