If a source close to Microsoft is to be believed, Windows Blue is a lot over simply yearly upgrades to Windows 8 — it’s a huge shift towards usual upgrades for virtually each Microsoft product, including Windows Phone, Windows Server, plus online services including Hotmail plus SkyDrive.
Historically, Microsoft’s main treatments have commonly been about a 3ish-year launch cycle. This really is a very standard timeframe inside the program development globe, incredibly with regards to working systems plus efficiency suites which should be rigorously tested before being deployed about hundreds of millions of computers. Fast forward to today, though, plus 3 years is very virtually a technological lifetime. So much could arise inside 3 years which it’s almost impossible for Microsoft to release a modern OS. In the time it took Microsoft to fix Vista plus release Windows 7, Facebook went from a limited 1000 consumers to 300 million consumers, plus Apple introduced the initial — plus 2 more iterations — of the iPhone. Windows 8 started development before the initial launch of the iPad — before the pill marketplace even existed — plus wasn’t introduced till following the iPad 3, by that point Apple had absolutely earned.
In brief, it’s no surprise which Microsoft is moving Windows 8, Windows Phone, Windows Server, as well as its online services to an yearly launch cycle. Every single 1 of Microsoft’s competitors inside the customer area — Android, iOS, OS X — is about an annual-or-faster launch schedule. The just method which Microsoft could hope to compete inside the smartphone plus pill markets is when it could outmaneuver the competition, plus that’s almost impossible without a fast launch schedule. It’s a small unclear what the Blue update to Windows Server can involve, plus alike, internet services like SkyDrive plus Hotmail are absolutely up-to-date very frequently.
The modern Windows logo is blue — coincidence?!?!
Blue, then, represents a big internal shift for Microsoft, however, it’s additionally a big change for OEMs as well as the whole PC industry also. As far because you learn, Microsoft remains about schedule to release Windows Blue inside mid-2013 (for free or cheap), plus it will be accessible by the Windows Store — bad information for OEMs hoping to market new hardware found on the back of the brand-new OS. ZDNet’s source states which the Windows Phone, Server, plus online service changes can arrive about the same time, nevertheless except for a couple of Metro-related rumors, nobody knows what these upgrades may involve. Presumably they is tiny tweaks, though, much like iOS or OS X’s yearly updates. New attributes may be added, however, don’t anticipate any main interface changes — Microsoft is clearly set about a unified Metro experience over desktop, pill, telephone, plus possibly the game system too.
Moving forward, ZDNet states which Windows 9 remains found on the roadmap — though you do not have idea whenever it’ll land — plus it isn’t obvious when it’s a main update, or anything which is rolled out because element of Windows Blue. Curiously, there hasn’t been a single leak, rumor, or mention of Windows Phone 9 online. Perhaps that’s a advantageous signal which Microsoft’s Blue smartphone efforts are inside full swing: If there’s a product which should be up-to-date frequently to have any chance of achievement, it’s Windows Phone. Personally, the bit I’m many excited regarding is the integration between all Microsoft’s items plus services: Rapid upgrades could imply which Microsoft may add a new feature to the Xbox 720, plus swiftly follow up with system-level changes which integrate which feature into Windows 8 plus WP8.