A few weeks ago Windows Blue was the talk of the virtual town. There were cries from Zdnet and the Verge that Microsoft was changing the way the Windows world worked by introducing yearly upgrades to Windows going forward.
According to our own Onuora, the idea sounds kind of crazy– at least in the form people are claiming it will take. While the Windows Blue news has quieted down, that doesn’t mean IT techies like myself aren’t still contemplating what such a move might mean.
How do I feel about it? I’m personally mixed. Windows new UI has yet to win consumers over, so how will forced upgrades fair any better? Not too mention the complications that it puts forth for the business world.
IF this is really going to happen, what’s the positive side?
For Apple, its about creating hype and getting consumers to crave the newest version each and every year. But Windows 8 isn’t exactly loved by everyone, so pulling a similar move might just prove frustrating.
Still, there is a positive side. Yearly upgrades would make it easier to keep up in the tablet space. Android and iOS both upgrade regularly. If Microsoft’s Windows RT and Windows 8 sits still too long it could make them fall significantly behind when it comes to base features.
I have a theory about how all of this could work, without angering too many people. At the same time though, it has the potential to cause fragmentation.
Milking Windows 8 for a Few Years…
Let’s say Windows Blue is in fact real and is a true game changer. Let’s pretend that Microsoft has confirmed they are going to take a new approach of releasing a series of different versions of Windows 8– that’s right, I feel that if this is all real, there won’t be a Windows 9 for many, many years.
The idea is that Windows 8 Blue is the first one of many updates. Perhaps in 2014 it will be Windows 8 Green, 2015 Windows 8 Orange- etc. Sounds silly but it’s not that different from Apple’s approach with Mac OS X and with iOS for that matter.
The important thing here though is to make business upgrades optional. Make changes more oriented towards consumers and make it clear that businesses need not apply for these updates. This will make it easier for businesses to just keep going how they are going and it could provide Microsoft with a few “upgrades” to Windows 8 for the next several years before Windows 9 ever surfaces.
IS this a bad idea? Probably. Is it possible? Considering companies like Apple have went down this path before, I don’t see why not.
Would you ever consider buying low-cost (let’s say $15-$25) yearly upgrades to Windows 8 in a manner similar to OS 10 (X)?