Is Windows Blue simply what Windows 8 should have been in the first place?

Windows Blue is real, this much we now know. We also continue to learn about new and amazing features that add to and enhance the Windows 8 experience compared to how we know it today.

There is a lot of improvement making its way over to Blue, especially considering it will only be a year since the OS first launched. I appreciate what Blue is and how this potential yearly updates will better shape the future of Windows but you have to wonder:

Should Blue have even been necessary in the first place?

Plenty of critics are starting to weigh in on what Windows Blue is bringing to the table, and many of them admit that they are features that truly make the Modern UI and even the desktop switching experience sound much better.

That said, these same critics are often referring to the way Windows Blue is now arriving the real Windows 8, with Windows 8 itself just being a really, really long public Beta. I have to admit, I somewhat agree.

Generally with Service Packs or even full blown new versions of Windows, the purpose is to improve and enhance the experience. Sometimes new features make life easier and so on. With Windows Blue, many of the new ‘features’ seem like essential pieces that should have been there in the first place such as being able to operate more settings in the modern UI for tablet users, same with the Modern UI customization features.

Shouldn’t Microsoft have just waited another 6-12 months to release Windows 8? Doing so would have created a product that was much more solid and would have solved some of the problems people are complaining about today.

It isn’t that simple…

I agree that in some ways, Windows 8 feels more like a Beta compared to what is coming in Windows Blue. That said, I understand that Windows 8 isn’t just another version of Windows, it is almost like launching a whole new OS. It is a version 1 product and was bound to have problems.

If Microsoft would have waited off a little longer? It might have been a better first experience for some users, but it is still dramatically different and would have come under fire. Even worse, there wouldn’t be much new or different to add to “fix” the situation a few months or even a year down the road.

With Windows 8, Microsoft was able to get people used to their vision for the future. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a great stepping stone. Windows Blue and beyond is the ‘real deal’. It is no longer about transitioning us to a new path, it is about running with that path full-force.

If you need another reason why Microsoft couldn’t afford to wait for Windows 8 to be more feature-complete like Windows Blue, the tablet market has already been a very tough cookie for Microsoft to crack– imagine if they had waited ANOTHER year.

What do you think, do you feel that Windows Blue is what Windows 8 should have been? Does it bother you that Microsoft didn’t have the OS more refined out of the gate or do you think that no matter what they would have produced, it would have came under fire? Share your thoughts below.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hugodufort Hugo Dufort

    I agree with you, Windows 8, will better and better with time.

    Microsoft have reinvented Windows, and have opened new door for the
    future of computer and IT in general. It is for us, to catch with what the
    future have to offer. And try to do thing differently.

    We are opening Windows the same way since 1992, that need to change.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.miller.9480111 Eric Miller

    I’m not sure why there is so much complaining about Windows 8. Most updated software has a learning curve and if you’re used to a previous version you shouldn’t have too much of a problem picking up the new OS. People expect too much these days; no one wants to take the time to learn new features. I do enjoy getting my hands dirty with new software, seeing what it can and can’t do, what it’s limitations are, etc. etc.
    I love windows 8 on my desktop and am looking forward to purchasing a touch screen monitor to utilize all its new features. It would be nice if manufacturers would lower their prices for a touch screen monitor, though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MrLatin Ruben Caraballo

    People just hate change… the reason is because Quality Control is a thing of the past… the users are the guinea pigs.. but Microsoft is just one of many vendors… I like Windows 8 and am looking to Blue…

  • http://twitter.com/kook78 robert ward

    I remember when the old new versions of windows came out. XP, Vista, 7. All came up with a similar comments by people. ‘why the changes?’ Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, iOS etc, all OS’s include enhancements that people are not used to. however once people learn to use the new features, it becomes common place. the same is happening with windows 8. the modern UI start screen, the charms bar etc. all these features are great and i look forward to the chance to use my desktop less and less. there are a few great features which will only get better with ‘fine tuning’ I am curious as to why Microsoft is including new ‘features’ tho.