Rumor: Windows Blue Arriving Mid-2013?

What's blue and can't be seen? According to press reports, it's the next Windows client operating system from Microsoft, slated for an appearance sometime in mid-2013.

Veteran Microsoft reporter Mary Jo Foley gave us perhaps the first discussion of Windows code-named "Blue" back in August. Now Tom Warren of The Verge is confirming the Blue OS, based on unnamed sources. Microsoft so far has said nothing about Blue publicly, so it's at the rumor stage at this point. However, work on the next OS typically proceeds at Microsoft, even though Windows 8 was just released last month.

According to Warren's sources, Blue will be a low-cost OS that will get updated frequently for phones and other Windows-based devices, perhaps updated on an annual basis. If consumer users have a pirated copy of the OS, the upgrade will get blocked. Microsoft will compel developers to create apps for Blue, rather than Windows 8, by ceasing to accept Windows 8 apps in the Windows Store. However, Windows 8-based apps will be backward compatible with the new Blue OS.

Microsoft's Blue OS concept, according to Warren's sources, is to produce an OS that will be more competitive with OSes released by Google and Apple. Foley speculated in August that Blue could be called "Windows 9" or go by Windows 8 version numbers, such as "Windows 8.1." She claimed that Microsoft's strategy with Blue will be to aim more at incremental OS releases, somewhat like Apple's strategy with its iOS releases.

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Kurt Mackie is online news editor for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.

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Sat, Dec 8, 2012 sk1rtsfly Loogootee IN

If this is at last the convergence of a smartphone OS and a PC OS, able to run a full-blown 'desktop' suite (including third-party native apps) on any device sporting multicore Intel Atom-type processors (phone, tablet, PC, laptop) BRING IT ON! I would love to run the same OS on my phone, tablet & desktop. Let's also offer all device hardware supporting wifi & 3G/4G/xG LTE capabilities! There is a challenge which would be well-served. Apple & Google EAT YOUR HEARTS OUT!

Fri, Dec 7, 2012

Microsoft seems totally lost. 10 years ago, I was a Microsoft fanboy, but their business practices are still mired in the 1990s. Just when I thought licensing models couldn't get more complex, Microsoft finds a way. Microsoft licensing is only compounded by complicated product names and variants. Why can't Windows just sell a core product with add-ons? Seriously... Windows 7 had six editions and there was nothing intuitive to help the consumer figure out what they needed. Just sell the core OS and separately sell add-ons that are named to describe the "business case" for purchasing the add-on. Additionally, as "apps" take the place of monolithic applications and most companies trend toward simplified Wizards and short video tutorials, Microsoft still publishes 300 page written documents that provide technical explanations of features without demonstrating realistic workflows. Want to find out what a new Microsoft product will do for you? Plan to spend an hour searching for the answer or go find another vendor that will describe their benefits and show you how to use the product in 10 minutes. Microsoft: These are not nimble business practices. The age of 3-year software release cycles ended years ago.

Fri, Dec 7, 2012 John Phoenix, AZ

I used to scoff at those whos only reply would be, Linux...but...LINUX!!!!!!!!!! I'm just so tired of this mass confusion and so is the US government, from what I hear from my fellow government workers.

Mon, Dec 3, 2012 Razneesh Razneeshi Poram

Under the able direction of Mr Balmer Microsoft seems determined to render itself redundant. Unfortunately the head of corporate direction seems to have little understanding of his audiences' work. It's almost as bad as if Intel would be greedy enough to cut off the PC gamer/mod'er market by coming out with only BGA processors. Now who could be that foolish?

Fri, Nov 30, 2012

If this didn't make WinRT, Windows RT and Windows 8 all sound like this year's Vista, I would think this article was a late April Fool's joke. So it's a done deal now... I stay on Win 7 until some dust settles somewhere.

Thu, Nov 29, 2012

Confirms what so many expected, that WinRT is already DOA. And good riddance. Not just because the developer community has shown zero interest it, and justifiably so, but because it was a foolish and wasteful boondoggle from its inception, pursuit of the supposed power-saving advantages of ARM, in full disregard for that which occurred, quite predictably, during the two years of WinRT's development, advances made by competitors all but erasing any ARM advantages making the investment worthwhile. With the master of toxicity, Sinofsky, finally purged, also just as expected, now's the absolute perfect time for two so badly needed events, a combination capable of restoring even a minor amount of the massive credibility Microsoft's lost along the way: 1) the long overdue ascendancy of Scott Guthrie into a position befitting all he's accomplished over the years and 2) announcing plans for Silverlight 6.

Thu, Nov 29, 2012

There is no way Microsoft is going to release a new non-compatible OS just 6 months after Windows 8 which has a whole new development model. No how, no way.

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