There continues to be rumors suggesting Microsoft is planning on releasing “Microsoft Blue” next year. We’ve heard several opinions about this, with some saying it is a great move, others suggesting that changes to Windows 8 so early could be quite disastrous.
Honestly, it depends on what “Blue” really is. Personally, I have a feeling it isn’t exactly like a new OS, as some seem to think. Nor is it like a Service Pack. It is somewhere in between, and I have a feeling it will be completely free of charge.
The idea here is that Windows 8 Blue will likely be to Windows 8 what Android 4.2 Jelly Bean was to 4.1 Jelly Bean. They are the same OS, but there are major improvements in speed as well as a few features. Again, they aren’t so different as to be considered totally different versions either, hence why Google labeled them both as “Jelly Bean”.
If this is the case, I personally don’t see how Blue will be bad news. It will still be Windows 8, after all, and its upgrade will likely be optional. According to a recent Verge editorial about the Windows brand, there is a possibility Blue will also feature some important tablet optimization which could pave the path for 7 and 8-inch devices.
If this is true, I certainly welcome this change. Microsoft has so far had no open intentions to enter into the smaller tablet space, even though Apple and Google are doing quite well with these form factors recently. There was the rumor of a 7-inch Xbox gaming tablet, though.
The idea of having a wider range of tablets sounds pretty good to me. It’s also possible that there could be a smaller-sized Surface at a lower price sometime in the future. Keep in mind that this is all speculation and rumor at this point.
What do you think of Blue? Will it be a true new OS or will it basically be a special Service Pack with extra features and optimizations that were left out of the original commercial release of Windows 8?