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Windows Next: Just call it 'Blue'?

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    Windows Next: Just call it 'Blue'?


    Windows Next: Just call it 'Blue'?


    Summary: Windows 9 might not be Microsoft's next version of Windows. Instead, 'Blue' could be the interim release that shows up first.

    By Mary Jo Foley for All About Microsoft
    August 13, 2012 -- 13:40 GMT (06:40 PDT)


    It's been a couple weeks of Microsoft naming madness. To top it all off at the end of last week, there were new leaks about the next version of Windows unearthed by various sites.




    It's not surprising Microsoft already is working on whatever version of Windows follows Windows 8. It'd be way more surprising if the company wasn't doing this.

    But already there "Windows 9" references, including new ones unearthed by Microsoft Kitchen's Stephen Chapman and Win8China (as cited by the WinUnleaked site).

    I've heard the next version of Windows is not going to be Windows 9. Instead, I've heard from a couple of my contacts that some kind of an update is coming next year. The Windows release codenamed "Blue" -- mentioned by Win8China last week -- is likely the codename of this interim release, my contacts claim.

    I'm not clear if Blue is simply what we in the Windows world typically call a service pack, which is a rollup of fixes and updates. Or maybe Blue is more of a feature pack, which would/could include be a rollup of fixes plus some new features.

    The word seems to be, whichever it is, that Microsoft is moving away from the big-bang Windows release schedule to which it typically has adhered, and is now attempting to move toward something more like what Apple does, with point releases. I'll be curious if Blue eventually gets a version number, like Windows 8.1 or 8.5 or something. And if we'll see Blue materializes in the summer of 2013, as I've heard from some of my contacts....

    What's interesting about "Blue" as a codename is that it deviates from the city-name pattern that is used by many Microsoft divisions. (The corporate-codename thinking, supposedly, is city names are less likely to be something for which Microsoft will/can get in naming trouble, though that isn't always true.) That said, the Windows team has for the past couple of releases used numbers (7, 8) rather than city names as codenames.

    Another fact of potential interest to other codename buffs: This isn't the first time Microsoft has used the Blue codename. The Azure folks have used Blue before, as has the MSN team.


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    Huh, I figured this was coming mostly due to Windows Phone. That's pretty much what they did with WP 7. At first launch, it was pretty decent. A year or so later, the 7.5 update came out that made pretty decent to stellar. Now, they're taking it to Windows Phone 8, which will make stellar to technological orgy.

    And yeah, I bet they will keep Windows and Windows Phone development pretty close along with their other services since Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 will now share the same code and code HAS to be together in unison.

    But shoot, I will miss the hype, arguments, pants wetting, and endless waiting for leaked builds!
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    Hmm - I wonder how "Big Blue" would take to that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadHorseman View Post
    Hmm - I wonder how "Big Blue" would take to that?
    Which "Big Blue" would that be? Simply type that in a Bing search box and wooooo.... page after page of BB this and BB that!

    So I see MS now wants to move away from the 2-3yr. time frame they originally saw until Vista was delayed countless times for a mocking of the Apple time scale. The numbering of 8.1 and 8.5 would suggest SP1 and SP2 re-releases of 8 which would include the service packs much like you saw so far with each previous version.

    Instead of seeing "8 with SP1" you would simply "8.1" much like they did with 95, 95PLUS!,98 First Edition, Second Edition, 98Plus!, etc. back when.
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    On my Bing they are at no 9....
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    This gives me hope that may be we get the start button again and boot to the desktop option. This is a good MS strategy. This would enable them to rectify any mistakes made by them quickly and not after two or three years which would prevent Windows 8 to become a failure; another Vista. If anything makes Windows 8 very unpopular, that could be rectified by MS at the soonest and that is another reason that Windows 8 would be a success!
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    More being like apple, releasing half finished OS updates every 12 months and charging for them. In the end over a 4-5 year cycle you end up paying twice as much for the OS as you did buying it once and getting free service packs.

    Version churning and constant OS overhauls are nothing to be celebrated. It's just another "Out Apple Apple" strategy to get more money out it's customers...
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    I doubt a Windows 8.5 or Blue or whatever will cost anything. It might just be like a service pack, you get it free along with other updates. One won't pay until Windows 9 or Blue or whatever. Even still, with Apple, you have to pay around 1,300 dollars BEFORE you can't get 20 dollar OSes. An entry level PC can get new Windows versions for years versus apple where you're constantly being highway robbed every day.



    Highway robbery, that's awesome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by icet View Post
    This gives me hope that may be we get the start button again and boot to the desktop option. This is a good MS strategy. This would enable them to rectify any mistakes made by them quickly and not after two or three years which would prevent Windows 8 to become a failure; another Vista. If anything makes Windows 8 very unpopular, that could be rectified by MS at the soonest and that is another reason that Windows 8 would be a success!
    Haha, I'll believe it when I see it.
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    That's the spirit! Seeing is believing alright! At the same time I wouldn't call Vista a failure but a misconceived OS since MS fudged things up when never setting the minimum system requirements up high enough to start with! It was found to be far more stable then XP to start with but initially lacked the driver support and besides being a larger in size Windows MS made another goof of removing support for Fat brought back in 7.

    With 8 however the trashing up the desktop gui and stripping down of features included free with previous versions to now see a money maker Metro Apps store shows where the trend will likely be continued with what comes after 8 or 8 Part #2 or whatever in that sense. Generally once something is removed other then the need for Fat to be returned MS never puts it back in!

    Don't worry! Someone with a TechNet or MSDN subscription will be revealing just what is to be seen in the RTM however. Wouldn't you surprized if you suddenly found out the Metro was only one setup option afterall and there was still a more Classic type gui option to be seen? Or did MS foobar the entire OS?
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