First of two Windows Blue dev milestones reached ahead of August 2013 launch?

Earlier today, leaked screenshots of an alleged update for Windows 8 hit the Internet. Now it appears those screenshots showed up on the same day Microsoft reached the first of two planned development milestones for the next major update for the OS, which has the code name "Windows Blue."

ZDNet.com reports, via unnamed sources, that this first milestone for the next Windows update will just be one of two milestones for the OS before it is launched to the public. The article speculates that Microsoft won't bother with offering developer or consumer preview builds of Windows Blue to the public ahead of its launch, which may happen in August 2013.

As we have reported before, this will be the first such update for Windows under Microsoft's new accelerated release schedule for offering new commercial upgrades for the OS, in a method that is similar to what Apple has done for the past several years with its Mac OS X operating system. While Microsoft has not stated anything publicly about Windows Blue, it has been hiring people for the project on its online careers page.

Windows Blue is expected to have a number of user interfaces changes and improvements along with some possible changes under the hood as well.

Source: ZDNet.com

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Darrah Ford said,

So then an IT DIrector would be right to ask, if nobody's going to use Metro anyway then WHY BOTHER with Windows8. Thanks for proving my point.


Wow, you sure took some liberties in interpreting his post...

And as a business user, the start menu is not necessary for the business market by any means...

Darrah Ford said,
If they want Business and Enterprise markets to even look at Windows 8 they'll put the Start menu back. Pronto.

I run a business using Windows 8 desktops and laptops and i can tell you no one here misses the start button.

You really want the start menu back? OK, let me help you out of your misery. Do the following:
1. Right click the Taskbar. Click Toolbars, and then New Toolbar
2.Computer > Local Disc C (or whatever your C drive is labeled) > Program Data > Microsoft > Windows > Start Menu. Click on Start Menu to make it appear in the Folder
3.Click Select Folder and that's it!
The Start menu reimagined

I would rather they first fix their first party apps. They don't have to wait for OS updates for that! Just fix the Xbox entertainment suite please

gb8080 said,
No point in developer or consumer preview builds; they were too stubborn to listen last time around.

Very true, although that was the Sinofsky/McNamara era; hopefully MS will go back to more successful habits.

Fritzly said,

Very true, although that was the Sinofsky/McNamara era; hopefully MS will go back to more successful habits.

Julie Larson-Green is still there and she's probably the biggest cancer and reason for the Metro disaster Microsoft is now reeling from -- Sinofsky was more just the exec that took her honey booboo inspired tard tile interface and rammed it through after selling Ballmer on the misguided notion that desktop users would go ape for phone apps on their big desktop screens. ****ing fail.

Fritzly said,

Very true, although that was the Sinofsky/McNamara era; hopefully MS will go back to more successful habits.

It was Sinofsky that got Windows 7 the way it is today, and it's nothing wrong with Windows 8, just needs cleaning up more.

Darrah Ford said,

Julie Larson-Green is still there and she's probably the biggest cancer and reason for the Metro disaster Microsoft is now reeling from -- Sinofsky was more just the exec that took her honey booboo inspired tard tile interface and rammed it through after selling Ballmer on the misguided notion that desktop users would go ape for phone apps on their big desktop screens. ****ing fail.

I couldn't have said it better. "Phone apps on a desktop"

Tony. said,

It was Sinofsky that got Windows 7 the way it is today, and it's nothing wrong with Windows 8, just needs cleaning up more.

So what he did was to polish Vista? Make no mistakes: the vast majority of the improvements we had on W7 were based on what Jim Allchin and the Windows team were able to deliver with Vista.
Besides I was not referring to W7 or W8 ; more to his solely reliance on telemetries and other artificial analysis tools instead of a broader and more comprehensive approach emphasizing the human factor.
As for W8 it does not only need a "clean up" but also, and by far more important, a overhaul of the desktop paradigm because this is the place where, as funny as it is, both lovers and haters of Start Menu spend the majority of the time. Note that with overhaul I do not mean dumbing it down a la Metro apps.

They really need to take all of the Metro stuff... They don't have to get rid of it. They could just have it like an optional add-on for tablet-based computers. Similar to how Windows Media Center is only intended for Media Center-based computers.

No point in trying to argue on-line with those already in the metro camp. They've either already drunk the kool-aid, or are paid on-line shills for MS marketing dep't.
D.Ford is right in that the architect of this horrendous mistake on MS's part is still entrenched there spreading her Micro-payment app poison. MS should have split the interfaces between Tablet & Desktop - never forced them into 1 OS together.

foonacha said,
No point in trying to argue on-line with those already in the metro camp. They've either already drunk the kool-aid, or are paid on-line shills for MS marketing dep't.

and vice versa.

The biggest problem is the interaction between desktop and metro apps. If anyone has used Skype for Desktop and Skype for Metro will know what I am talking about. Both apps ring when someone calls. A better option is to make only 1 app as the default - the user installs the two and at or after installation the app asks which to make as the default. Its absolutely ridiculous that there are 2 instances of skype running at the same time and, while you are speaking on 1 app, the other one keeps ringing.

My main problem with New Windows updates are drivers. I still dont even have fully working drivers for my Lenovo Thinkpad E420 Laptop.

Windows Blue/9: Remove all Tablet-related things including Start Screen in order to un-bloat the OS and make it functional/productive, again. Put on a nice, consistent Start Menu like Start8 and update all desktop icons to some newer, modern 2D ones. Sold!

Wonderfully written piece of 'my opinion counts, not yours'..........

Now stop trolling, and take out the garbage like your mother told you to do, an hour ago.

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