Home Business IT Business Telecommunications What comes after Windows 8? This!

Never mind the BSOD jokes, Microsoft's update to Windows 8, currently called Microsoft Blue, is due for release within six months.

Scheduled for release in the northern hemisphere summer, Microsoft's nest version of Windows (currently called "Windows Blue" although we really hope that name will change) is expected to be provided for free to existing Windows 8 users.

Mary Jo Foley is reporting that the product has already completed the first milestone build. Estimates suggest that it will be released on an accelerated schedule in August this year.

The public preview is expected within a very few months.

Having enviously eyed Apple's point-release program for many years, it would seem that Microsoft has finally come to the party, eschewing the irregular blockbuster launch for the incremental improvement. One might expect to see this launched at Windows 8.1 (or 8.5 or something).

It is anticipated that this new package will include the much-anticipated Internet Explorer 11 and improvements to the currently less-liked search charm; with the ability to tightly integrate search with the tools required to deliver the results of the search - for instance searching for a movie will relate the search results to appropriate movie players. For obvious reasons, the Bing team is reported to be actively involved in this work.

In addition, support for 7- and 8-inch tablets will be improved. Also, this project will deliver updates to the Windows Phone offering to continue the process of merging all platform offerings to a single code base.

For those not convinced, we suggest a search in LinkedIn for phrases including Windows Blue and Microsoft Developer might prove fruitful (assuming such employees haven't been instructed to purge their accounts, and searchers have access to a premium account, of course!). Accidental information in job postings also helps.


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David Heath has over 25 years experience in the IT industry, specializing particularly in customer support, security and computer networking. Heath has worked previously as head of IT for The Television Shopping Network, as the network and desktop manager for Armstrong Jones (a major funds management organization) and has consulted into various Australian federal government agencies (including the Department of Immigration and the Australian Bureau of Criminal Intelligence). He has also served on various state, national and international committees for Novell Users International; he was also the organising chairman for the 1994 Novell Users' Conference in Brisbane. Heath is currently employed as an Instructional Designer, building technical training courses for industrial process control systems.






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