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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