Windows Blue: The next Windows 8 update

 What to expect from Microsoft


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Regardless of how you feel about the latest Windows operating system (OS), the truth of the matter is this Microsoft latest OS will be a major platform for businesses as well as individual users particularly that Windows XP will be phased out by 2014.


Despite the increased criticism Microsoft has received on numerous occasions, and rightfully so sometimes due to some of the released features accompanying each and every OS iteration, they in fact got things right in more instances than they got them wrong. It might take them a couple of years or more; or an entirely new rewrite of their core OS before they polish off all of the bugs from older versions, but it definitely gets done.


With Windows Blue, Microsoft promises that their updates will be faster and more efficient.


What is Windows Blue?


Windows Blue is the latest Microsoft update which kick starts a new strategy that Microsoft will pursue with their Windows 8 OS: rapid iteration and change without a complete OS overhaul. Microsoft is giving developers the ability to make changes following marketplace demand; either adding or removing functionality, fixing bugs, or improving the flexibility of the platform and the first of these iterations has been codenamed Windows Blue.


When will Windows Blue be released?


Contrary to what used to happen with Microsoft taking a couple of years to roll-out OS updates or with developing entirely new operating systems or so-called “service packs”, Windows Blue will have a more tightly integrated updating system in which you will probably never notice any update until you see and start using the new functionality. Microsoft has promised to roll Windows Blue by the end of 2013 with a preview on 26th of June 2013.


What new features should I expect from this upgrade?


While it’s currently difficult to pinpoint exactly the type of changes Microsoft will be making to their newest OS, it’s safe to assume that there will be some major changes. Tighter integration between the Windows 8 OS for desktops, laptops, tablets, and cell phones will probably be the biggest push as well as considerable improvements in security and performance. Rumours have it that they are bringing back the old desktop and Start button.

Here is a short video from Microsoft showing some of the new features


Windows desktop start menu will return but not the way it was before, as it just acts like the start charm

Direct to desktop will be introduced, which will be handy for those of us that use it as a computer and not a touch device.





How much will Windows Blue cost me?


Similar to the service packs that were released for older Windows OS versions, Windows Blue will be FREE for anyone who has a legitimate license for Windows 8 OS. All you have to do is wait for the official release date, follow the on-screen prompts for the update, then download and install the update by using the integrated program options.