Windows leader Julie Larson-Green blogs briefly on 'Blue'

Earlier this week, the head of Microsoft's Windows division, Julie Larson-Green, confirmed at the Wired Business Conference that the first public preview for the next major update to Windows 8 will be released by the end of June. Today, Larson-Green wrote a rare post on the official Windows blog that talks in general terms about how the team works to evolve the OS.

The blog post has Larson-Green state that the launch of Windows 8 was a bet on the future of PC features such as mobility, touch interfaces and apps, adding, "We are no longer tied to the desktop, literally and figuratively." She said that Microsoft updates a billion unique Windows PCs and while most run on Windows 7, and some still run Windows XP, "more and more are running Windows 8 every day." She also referenced an earlier announcement from Microsoft that it had sold over 100 million licenses for Windows 8, although we still don't have any word on how many of those licenses have been activated.

Larson-Green also wrote, again in general terms, about how the Windows team is still working to improve the OS. She states:

We know people choose Windows because it’s important to their lives and their businesses. They trust and rely on Windows for serious productivity and more and more serious fun. We are proud to keep evolving Windows in a way that brings forward over 25 years of computing and to create the platform for tomorrow. As with every radical change, learning is a process. We are getting smarter every day about how to help people learn and make the most of their devices. From work in Windows, to online content, as well materials and demos at retail we are constantly improving and moving forward.

The blog post closed with how the upcoming Windows 8 update, which is still referred to by Microsoft by its "Blue" code name, will be an extension of that learning and improvement process. Larson-Green writes:

It’s an update to Windows 8 and builds on our vision of modern computing. An OS that lets apps work seamlessly together and put the things you care most about right at your fingertips. We are excited to share the next steps in this vision soon.

In a related post on the official Microsoft blog site, the company's head of corporate communications Frank X. Shaw offers up his own thoughts on Windows 8. He states:

Unlike a can of soda, a computer operating system offers different experiences to different customers to meet different needs, while still moving the entire industry toward an exciting future of touch, mobility, and seamless, cross-device experiences. We are going to keep improving Windows 8, as we do with all our products, making what’s good even better.

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Look at the above person who messed up Windows. Her and the new CFO were the 2 who designed the Windows 8 UI that so many are hating on. Not coincedently, Microsoft Bob failed too and it was designed by Melinda (now Gates wife).

You cannot take a manly UI and make it girly and expect everyone to like it.
She shouldn't get to say anything accept - I am sorry for trying to make Windows to feminine.

Please make her the CFO when the other girls leaves. Maybe you wont mess that up. Money is manly oo. But you can;t change the color or its UI to some colorized technicolor crap.

But you look very sophisticated and I like that. That is what you should have did with the Windows UI, instead of turning it into something painted by 3 year olds.

I will list some of the pros interface Windows 7 compared to Windows 8 (on home PC).
Windows 7:
1. Aero
In addition, if you have a weak computer you can choose a simple aero or classic style. In windows 8, there is no choice. Eat something that was given.
2. The Start menu
3. Gadgets
4. Raised buttons
5. A nice looking color rendering desktop environment compared with bright in Windows 8
6. No active corners (well, as it should be in normal windows)
7. If you have a dynamic ip, and suddenly the network changed to Network 2, then in Windows 7 in Network and Sharing Center I quietly Click the network icon and change the name on Network or on something else. In Windows 8, this feature was removed and change the name of the network can only be in the registry...
8. If you turn off UAC is not necessary to run the program as an administrator because I already administrator ... In windows 8 if you disable UAC you still have to run some application as an administrator. But even if you completely disable UAC in the administration you can not even run ****ing solitaire.
9. Personally, I dispatcher tasks in windows 7 like more. The only thing that there's better, is the fact that you can go to the Startup tab and turn off unnecessary programs, but for me it is not difficult to do the same in windows 7 msconfig prescribing.
10. Copy window with detailed information and the ability to pause in Windows 8 do not think a big plus.
11. Speed ​​run windows 7 on my SSD with all applications that are loaded in the tray on the order of magnitude faster than it does in windows 8. After loading the metro screen and you tap on the desktop, have to wait until all applications are loaded in the tray. As if there is a delay.
Windows 8:
Nope
Or....
copy window and dispatcher tasks?.. Not to me.
I have listed the most visible features that are noticeable to me. I think that cut even more. And in the future you will be banned at all to customize Windows.
Bad that all basically just cry on the Start menu, but what about all the other valuable things that made the popular windows 7? Well give you the Start menu, and the rest?
Windows 7 Ultimate FTW
And the one who gave the command to make the new Windows so castrated and inconvenient to burn at the stake

I think she's in a good position right now because you can't make anything worse that this Windows 8 tiled abomination.
The best thing for PC users atm is either to reinstall Windows 7 or switch to Mac.

tom5 said,
...
The best thing for PC users atm is either to reinstall Windows 7 or switch to Mac.
Or switch to 8 and do everything the almost exactly the same as before, and more... even without a touch screen.

abecedarian paradoxious said,
Or switch to 8 and do everything the almost exactly the same as before, and more... even without a touch screen.

Said no-one ever.

Did anyone read the comments on the blog posts? There are some real suck up commenters in this world. They must be seeking a hand out for a job or free complimentary copy of Blue RTM.

Dot Matrix said,
I hope Microsoft plans a few key app releases for Windows Blue. They'll be important for 8.1's and even 9's success.

Making the existing ones, Music, Pictures and the one to sync with WP8 devices For example, would be a good, and Long overdue, start.

I foresee the future... After 8.1 release, it's gonna be her turn to leave the sinking ship. It's 100% certain they don't get the majority's feedback seriously and thus, the Windows 8.x failure will be extended.

Just wait...

Would be interesting to know where you get this 'majority' part from? Certainly you can't be implying the minute little corner of the world here a Neowin is anything MSFT should base they design choices on right?

On the global scheme of things what we here, and people on tech blogs like this in general, think is irrelevant at best to the success or failure of anything MSFT does. You may not like some of the choices MSFT made and lucky for you there are clever people who have been able to provide you a solution for many of those, but overall WIN8 is vastly better as an OS and certainly is a lot more streamlined and solid under the hood. Most people (here) just keep rehashing the GUI choices they do not like and by that you ignore the great stuff that was done to the OS core and how it works..

paulheu said,
Would be interesting to know where you get this 'majority' part from? Certainly you can't be implying the minute little corner of the world here a Neowin is anything MSFT should base they design choices on right?

On the global scheme of things what we here, and people on tech blogs like this in general, think is irrelevant at best to the success or failure of anything MSFT does. You may not like some of the choices MSFT made and lucky for you there are clever people who have been able to provide you a solution for many of those, but overall WIN8 is vastly better as an OS and certainly is a lot more streamlined and solid under the hood. Most people (here) just keep rehashing the GUI choices they do not like and by that you ignore the great stuff that was done to the OS core and how it works..

History has proven innumerous times that the better is not necessarily the winner: VHS against betamax and video 2000 is a classic example.
It is unquestionable that, under the hood, W8 has many improvements over W7 but if potential buyers will reject the GUI and the paradigm behind it MS will make adjustments to please them. It is business not a matter of faith.

I was just thinking about how tragic it was that a measurable percentage of the responses were more about the fact she was a woman than the subject in hand.

Quite, quite sad.

Dot Matrix would worship Microsoft even if they made a tailored version of Windows for him. Upon boot up it could say, "Dot Matrix is a bag of s@@@" and he would still say Windows 8 is awesome.

Dot Matrix said,
There you have it. Microsoft's vision of modern computing is here to stay!

She said nothing of the sort. In fact one could easily interpret the article as backpedaling away from the debacle that was Windows 8.

I seriously doubt that Windows 9 will bear much resemblance to the "vision" you constantly preach in your posts.

Windows Nashville said,

She said nothing of the sort. In fact one could easily interpret the article as backpedaling away from the debacle that was Windows 8.

I seriously doubt that Windows 9 will bear much resemblance to the "vision" you constantly preach in your posts.

Really? And what do you think it will look like then? If you say desktop only, with Start Menu, I highly doubt you are wrong.

Dot Matrix said,

Really? And what do you think it will look like then? If you say desktop only, with Start Menu, I highly doubt you are wrong.

You highly doubt I'm wrong? So you're saying you agree with me.

Windows Nashville said,

You highly doubt I'm wrong? So you're saying you agree with me.

Really? And what do you think it will look like then? If you say desktop only, with Start Menu, I highly doubt you will be right. Microsoft isn't going to back peddle at this point.

Dot Matrix said,
Microsoft isn't going to back peddle at this point.
There's enough evidence to suggest that it is. How much though, we don't know yet.

Raa said,
There's enough evidence to suggest that it is. How much though, we don't know yet.

Last I saw Metro was still very much a part of Windows 8.1. It's guaranteed to be part Windows 9 as well.

Citing the number of sales is often used as proof of customer satisfaction, I think we all know that's not the case with Windows. You end up with it more than you go looking for it (except most of the people here of course). There is H8 for W8 with almost everyone I've spoke with about it...personally, when a few more core apps make it to 8, I'll give it a go...after I fix it with 3rd party apps so it looks and behaves the way I WANT it to. People make the mistake of think Microsoft first priority is customer wants...I promise you it isn't.

New leadership, good listening to customer feedback based on Blue leaks, good enough for a second chance.

Don't forget about the core apps though, they still need lotsa help!

Unlike a can of soda

Odd analogy. You think he's talking about the "New Coke", "Coke Classic" fiasco? Everyone keeps saying windows 8 is like "new coke"

statm1 said,
Makes sense to me... A can of soda has one purpose and one purpose only.

Yah, it's definitely a dig at sjvn over at zdnet with his puke of an article.

statm1 said,
Makes sense to me... A can of soda has one purpose and one purpose only.

So does an operating system.

ctrl_alt_delete said,

Yah, it's definitely a dig at sjvn over at zdnet with his puke of an article.


That article is just a fluff piece to get pageviews..

siah1214 said,

Odd analogy. You think he's talking about the "New Coke", "Coke Classic" fiasco? Everyone keeps saying windows 8 is like "new coke"

People compared Vista to New Coke as well.

It's a different time now, and not like 2003 where laptops and desktops dominated, now tablets, and smart phones are a part of the desktop and laptop realm and is the reason for Windows 8!

It's the reason for the Modern UI ... the Desktop Environment is for existing productivity and fun and to bridge to the envisioned Modern UI future.

Wishful thinking, but laptops and desktops still dominate. Don't give me the whole "But Windows 8 is out, therefore tablets are more popular that laptops" speech. Cause and effect are not interchangeable in this case.

But PCs aren't a growth industry. Any company that fails to make their best attempt at entering a growth segment from a fully exploited segment is as good as dead.

I wonder what she'd think about removing the start button if uncle bill said the she'd have to also remove her start button aswell ;P

pookie62 said,
And yet, it's probably not appropriate to have a discussion about physical appearance. Let's stick to the topic of Windows.

I'm sure he was referring to the fact that the next version of Windows will be quite pretty.

Raa said,

I'm sure he was referring to the fact that the next version of Windows will be quite pretty.

You are the only one that understands me...........

You may think otherwise knowing that she is the one responsible for removing the good old start button. But hey, I don't really care, because I have moved on to Mac & Linux now.

EdwinTheWise said,
Very pretty
Can I ask where your from? She is ookayy looking. Looks like the lunch lady at my daughters school.

brianshapiro said,
Whenever I look at a pic of her, I think of her plastic surgery, unfortunately

Honestly though, at least you can appreciate the fact that she did not climb to the top purely based on her looks. She has her smarts. Same goes to Lisa Brummel. If you have seen Lisa in real life, you know you don't want to mess with her

pookie62 said,
And yet, it's probably not appropriate to have a discussion about physical appearance. Let's stick to the topic of Windows.

They were talking about Windows 8, duh.

brianshapiro said,
Whenever I look at a pic of her, I think of her plastic surgery, unfortunately

Nothing wrong with plastic surgery, IMO, as long as people do not exaggerate and turn themselves in Asian carps.

Fritzly said,
Nothing wrong with plastic surgery, IMO, as long as people do not exaggerate and turn themselves in Asian carps.

She looks like she had plastic surgery, though. Its not like its invisible. You notice it even more in videos than in still images, although its still apparent in photos.

But I'd disagree on principle, anyway. Unless you have some major deformity that draws attention, its better to be happy with who you are.

brianshapiro said,

She looks like she had plastic surgery, though. Its not like its invisible. You notice it even more in videos than in still images, although its still apparent in photos.

But I'd disagree on principle, anyway. Unless you have some major deformity that draws attention, its better to be happy with who you are.

It is a very subtle matter: the most important thing is, IMO, to be in peace,with yourself: I had a,friend,of mine who had a big issue with her nose; it grew to become something that affected her self-esteem and her social and business relationships. After got a surgery she now is a happy person. Honestly if someone will invent something,that could bring me back the hair I had when I was a teenager I would do it right away.......

ThunderRiver said,

Honestly though, at least you can appreciate the fact that she did not climb to the top purely based on her looks. She has her smarts. Same goes to Lisa Brummel. If you have seen Lisa in real life, you know you don't want to mess with her

Probably. Lisa B was ugly tho. Julie looks awesome to be 51 years old.

ThunderRiver said,

Honestly though, at least you can appreciate the fact that she did not climb to the top purely based on her looks. She has her smarts. Same goes to Lisa Brummel. If you have seen Lisa in real life, you know you don't want to mess with her

Except Lisa B is ugly.

In this pic of her, she is pretty. Must have been before her plastic surgery. Unfortunately for her. She may end up like Joan Rivers as she ages more and starts looking like the Joker in Batman. Cannot see why she needed plastic surgery, she was pretty enough.

Yea...I look at pic after the surgery and her face looks like a balloon. Yeah, Rivers face is so funny because none of her facial feature move when she talks, except her lips.

Sometimes when people have to much money, they have no idea what to do with it.