Rumor: Windows Server Blue will focus on cloud services?

We have reported extensively in recent months about both Windows Blue and Windows Phone Blue, which are being developed as updates for Microsoft's PC and mobile operating systems, respectively. Until now, however, there's been nothing mentioned about a Windows Server Blue upgrade.

Today, ZDNet.com reported, via unamed sources that Microsoft is indeed working on Windows Server Blue and that it is scheduled to launch alongside Windows Blue for the PC in the second half of 2013. This would mean that the server unit of Windows will be on the same track to release annual updates of the OS in a change from previous versions of Windows Server.

The same article notes that Windows Server Blue will concentrate on adding new cloud-based server features that will be used both inside Microsoft as well as for third parties. Apparently, businesses that use cloud servers tend to be more receptive to adding new features compared to those corporations that use the old-fashioned server operating system.

It's possible that Microsoft could wait to add new server features that are not cloud based until a truly major new version of Windows is released, which is typically every two to three years. So far, there's no word on what new features will be added to Windows Server Blue.

Source: ZDNet.com

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What would be added that's not in system center or server 2012? I have them both installed on a server here (because of techsoup.org and software assurance got them both for free) and I don't understand what makes them cloud. I see it as marketing speak.

The only cloud services I see are intune and azure.

majortom1981 said,
What would be added that's not in system center or server 2012? I have them both installed on a server here (because of techsoup.org and software assurance got them both for free) and I don't understand what makes them cloud. I see it as marketing speak.

The only cloud services I see are intune and azure.

The "cloud" is the same thing we've been doing since servers existed but Server 2012 does add a ton of new features that are useful to people who are making "cloud" instances.

Server 2012 focusses pretty heavily on private cloud services - that is pretty much what Hyper-V has become. The real surprise is that it no longer requires a server OS to deploy a private cloud (Windows 8 can do it, depending on what you need in terms of cloud-based services). If you mean Server Blue Datacenter, again, it may well go over and above Server v2012 Datacenter (possibly by including System Center 2012 as an installable feature). I'm thinking "evolutionary" on the server side of things, as Server 2012 is pretty darn revolutionary in and of itself.

PGHammer said,
Server 2012 focusses pretty heavily on private cloud services - that is pretty much what Hyper-V has become. The real surprise is that it no longer requires a server OS to deploy a private cloud (Windows 8 can do it, depending on what you need in terms of cloud-based services). If you mean Server Blue Datacenter, again, it may well go over and above Server v2012 Datacenter (possibly by including System Center 2012 as an installable feature). I'm thinking "evolutionary" on the server side of things, as Server 2012 is pretty darn revolutionary in and of itself.

So about private cloud services, Server 2012 only works like a man in the middle, or a middleware?.