It seems like Microsoft is working towards a public preview version of Windows Blue.

Leaks on the web have revealed that Microsoft is aggressively targeting a summer launch date for Windows Blue. In addition, it seems that Microsoft recently crossed Milestone 1 for Windows Blue and is now preparing a Milestone Preview which will form the basis for a public preview.

Win8China is saying that the public preview will be launched in a few months.

Their quote (very roughly translated from Chinese):

  • Windows Blue has completed the M1 (Milestone 1, that milestone for the first stage), MP has officially entered the development phase;
  • MP mean Milestone Preview, milestone Preview stage, at this stage which we can see the Windows Blue kernel has been upgraded to a 6.3, available for public preview version download this version will eventually mature in a few months, in order to facilitate let the the developer or loyalty powder are early adopters;
  • M1, MP directly RTM / GA version, the final version, we know the of Win8 official version version number is 9200 (kernel 6.2), it is likely that the Windows Blue version number is 9600 (6.3), the The version number may change at any time, the current uncertainty. Example, the earliest version number of the the Win8 official version of the King James 8000, but still experiencing technical problems had to choose 9200.

TheVerge is also reporting that search will be a huge part of this update.

Their quote:

We’re told that the Bing team is working closely on Windows Blue to improve search in a significant way. A number of scenarios are being targeted, including the ability for users to search for a movie and have apps surface that content and provide a quick way to play it.

The current implementation of search in Windows 8 supports deep search within apps, but users currently have to select those apps to search within them. Blue will expand on that, providing apps are updated to support it, by extending the search abilities of the OS.

Windows Blue is expected this summer for existing Windows 8 users. It is said to bring with it support for new 7- and 8-inch devices and Internet Explorer 11.

Blue is regarded as the first major step Microsoft is making to unify their platforms.

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Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

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  1. Who cares! MS is out of control.

  2. Not bothered now as switched to Apple. Have used Windows for years but since Windows 8 I don’t know what the hell they’re playing at. Windows 8 is for tablets and phones, not a PC, especially if you don’t have a touch screen, which I assume a lot of people don’t. They’ve really screwed up I feel.

    • We’ve upgraded 2 of our 5 home desktop systems to Win8 from Win7 and honestly haven’t seen any loss on productivity. Not missed the start button once and have no
      problem using it without a touch screen. We also have a Surface and I miss the keyboard and mouse more on that than I miss having a touch screen when using the Desktop PC. It’s no loss at all and I just can’t get my head around all these haters who moan. I also use Server 2012 at work and likewise never felt the need for a touch screen or start button for that matter.

    • Some people seem to have trouble with windows 8 on a regular PC for some reason. I don’t. I have a regular screen and a mouse, and I still FLY with speed in windows 8. And, I love the way you SEE things, like when you click on News for instance… pops up in a full screen like as if you had a big news paper right in front of you. The windows store is awesome, there are so many neat apps you can get, and many are free.

    • Ian, completely disagree… you’ve gone down a a dead end path which hopefully you will realize soon… paying an arm and a leg for a very closed and poorly supported product.

      I totally agree with the other guys responding to you – I am moving AWAY from Apple, two laptops now with Win8, evaluated Surface RT and sold it on successfully because I am now waiting for my Surface Pro 128 about to be delivered… and will dump my Apple iphone 5 in April and switch to a new Win8 phone.

      way to go mate, this is the way to go


    • I took Win 8 off two of my machines and also bought a mac mini and love it…hate Windows 8

  3. so what the deal, is Blue just a fancy SP1 with a colour for a name ?

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