Acer president Jim Wong has been highly critical of Microsoft and the Windows 8 operating system over the past year. The executive previously bashed the company for its Surface tablet and failed marketing of Windows 8 devices. Microsoft recently confirmed that it is working on Windows 8.1, codenamed Windows Blue, which will be an update that includes various software changes, such as the return of the Start button. Wong believes these changes are a step in the right direction, noting that Microsoft is being more “considerate” to its hardware partners and adopting their input “at a high percentage.” More →
Windows chief Julie Larson-Green announced at the Wired Business Conference on Tuesday that Microsoft will release a preview of Windows 8.1 — also known as Windows Blue — at the end of June, ZDNet reported. The executive said that the company will release the preview at its Build developers conference that is scheduled to take place on June 26th in San Francisco. Microsoft previously confirmed that it plans to release the next version of the Windows operating system by the holiday season. Windows Blue is very likely to incorporate a lot of user feedback from Windows 8, which has proven to be a polarizing operating system that many users have complained lacks the intuitiveness of earlier Windows versions.
Microsoft’s (MSFT) next version of the Windows operating system, codenamed Windows Blue, will reportedly help merge its PC and mobile platforms, according to Digitimes. Windows Blue is said to currently be in development separate from the Windows 8 and Windows Phone units. Microsoft’s overall goal is said to have the operating system compete with Google’s (GOOG) Android and Chrome platforms. More →
The next version of the Windows operating system may not be known as Windows 9, as had previously been reported. According to ZDNet, the operating system, which is currently known internally as Windows Blue, will come to market as Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 later this summer. The latest rumors suggest that Microsoft’s (MSFT) upcoming Windows update will include a variety of new features such as customized live tiles and improvements to the Snap View feature. The company is expected to announce Windows 8.1 at its Build developers conference on June 26th in San Francisco, and it will reportedly be released to manufacturing partners around August.
Microsoft (MSFT) and its manufacturing partners have aggressively pushed the ARM-based Windows RT platform to consumers, however sales have remained flat. According to a report from Digitimes, the company may no longer offer devices under the Windows RT line and will instead merge the operating system into the next version of Windows, code-named Windows Blue. Although Windows RT devices include the same Metro interface as Windows 8, the operating system does not support legacy Windows applications, and also suffers from compatibility issues and a poor selection of apps. These features, or lack thereof, have resulted in confusion among new computer buyers. The latest rumors suggest that Microsoft will announce Windows Blue at its Build developers conference on June 26th in San Francisco.
Microsoft (MSFT) is expected to announce the next generation of the Windows operating system later this year. According to The Verge, the company began working on a “milestone preview” version of Windows Blue earlier this month, and plan to make it available to developers and enthusiasts at its Build developer conference in June. Microsoft earlier this week acknowledged the Blue codename, however it is unlikely that the final product will be called Windows Blue. Earlier rumors have suggested that the next version of Windows will include a variety of new features such as customized live tiles and improvements to the company’s Snap View feature. Microsoft’s Build developers conference is scheduled to take place on June 26th in San Francisco.
One comfort for Windows 8 users has been the ability to switch out from the tiled interface to the standard desktop mode, but the recently leaked build of Windows Blue shows that Microsoft (MSFT) may be phasing out that security blanket in the future as well. Paul Thurrott’s Windows Super Site has found that the Windows Blue build adds “a ton of new settings” to its PC settings tile “that were previously only available in the desktop-based Control Panel interface.” Thurrott says that by moving desktop functionalities to the tiled interface, Microsoft is gradually trying to nudge users away from desktop mode and thus pave the way for a Windows 9 operating system that “potentially” comes with no desktop mode intact.
Microsoft’s (MSFT) next major Windows update will be crucial for the company because it will show how well it has listened to feedback provided by Windows 8 users who may have found the touch-centric operating system difficult to use at first. The Verge this week got the opportunity to do a hands-on preview with an early version of the upcoming Windows Blue operating system and found that Microsoft has made some important changes to the user interface that should help users make an easier transition from the more traditional desktop version of Windows. More →