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Rumor - Microsoft to Release Windows Blue, the First Free

  1. #21


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Huh. A mid-2013 release seems interesting as a leaked product roadmap a while ago pinpointed Windows 9 being a 2014 release, about two years from now. So Blue could just be a .5 update to Windows 8 to prepare for Windows 9. Or, Blue could be the start of dragging Windows 8 out for the LONG haul, like mac os x. It's right now at 10.8.something for a pretty long while with major feline releases every year or so.

    Seems like this is why new Windows 8 PCs have product keys in the BIOS now...

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  2. #22


    I regret spending money on the 8 upgrade even though it was cheap enough.
    I have Linux mint 14 downloaded and ready to be installed once I have all my data backed up.

    I am seriously thinking about buying one of the new chrome books as all I use my machine for is browsing and watching video.

    There is no way I would pay for this blue thing whenever it comes along.

    Microsoft have lost me with this one.
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  3. #23


    Quote Originally Posted by twdawson View Post
    I regret spending money on the 8 upgrade even though it was cheap enough.
    I have Linux mint 14 downloaded and ready to be installed once I have all my data backed up.

    I am seriously thinking about buying one of the new chrome books as all I use my machine for is browsing and watching video.

    There is no way I would pay for this blue thing whenever it comes along.

    Microsoft have lost me with this one.
    You do realize that it's free?
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  4. #24


    Posts : 87
    Windows 7 Pro 64


    I doubt IT departments will like this at all. They mostly skip one version anyway, but yearly upgrades? And what private user is upgrading the OS at all? Most people buy a PC with whatever Windows it comes with until it dies.

    Annual upgrades is just for people like us on this forum that install betas and do benchmarks and get excited to tell each other that now it takes 10.8 instead of 10.9 seconds to boot up even when we spent 10 hours to reinstall everything.

    Either this is just an SP, or MS realized the mistake they made with Metro for the desktop and now make W8 look like W7, but with the "under the hood" improvements of W8.
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  5. #25


    Quote Originally Posted by HerrKaLeun View Post
    Annual upgrades is just for people like us on this forum that install betas and do benchmarks and get excited to tell each other that now it takes 10.8 instead of 10.9 seconds to boot up even when we spent 10 hours to reinstall everything.
    10.8 verses 10.9 seconds and 10 hours of install! I got a big chuckle out of that one!
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  6. #26


    Don't care for change for the sake of change. What happened to the notion that an OS should be begging the scenes and more or less go unnoticed? As an IT guy, these frequent updates are just a recipe for problems. Just too many variables to have to take into account. Heck Linux distros are bad enough that we rely on enterprise versions with long life spans and slow changes. Oh well, as long as MS continues to support old versions than we will have some consistency.
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  7. #27


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    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    my most regularly used OS is STILL a Windows 2003 Virtual Server (similar to XP but with some improvements) and I don't forsee any time soon of even changing it.

    I use W7 on a "Work laptop" and I'm "playing with W8" but 99% of my real work is still done logged on to the W2003 Virtual server.

    I agree with pparks1 that we don't change our working OS'es that often -- even though we might "play" with new releases etc.

    cheers
    jimbo
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  8. #28


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Maybe this is partly why the IT minded people are against Windows 8?....
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  9. #29


    Canada
    Posts : 92
    Windows 7 Home Premium FR x64


    I see a bit of light with this Windows Blue. I hope it will correct the things I hate most from Windows 8... i.e:
    - Metro
    - No start button.

    Also, I hope I'll be able to install from a Windows 7 machine, my machine
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  10. #30


    Posts : 39
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Lebon14 View Post
    I see a bit of light with this Windows Blue. I hope it will correct the things I hate most from Windows 8... i.e:
    - Metro
    - No start button.

    Also, I hope I'll be able to install from a Windows 7 machine, my machine

    Don't forget Aero Glass.
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