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Microsoft Finally Acknowledges Windows Blue; BUILD 2013

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Microsoft acknowledges Windows Blue and announces BUILD 2013 in one breath.

On Tuesday, Frank X. Shaw, Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications at Microsoft, finally acknowledged Windows Blue, the rumored next incremental release of Windows 8. The reveal isn't surprising given that a build was recently leaked and exposed for all to see. This includes details on what's new and what has been removed since the last retail release. You can't really leave that type of disclosure unacknowledged for long.

For starters, Shaw confirms that upcoming products won't actually use the "Blue" name – it's officially just an internal tag used for a wide set of plans. "With a remarkable foundation of products in market and a clear view of how we will evolve the company, product leaders across Microsoft are working together on plans to advance our devices and services, a set of plans referred to internally as Blue," he said.

He goes on to state that customers have already experienced the "ongoing rhythm of updates and innovations" – aka new devices, services and apps -- that have rolled out over the last six months. This continuous development cycle is the new normal across Microsoft, he said.

"We’ll tune everyday experiences as well as introduce bold, connected and exciting new scenarios," Shaw added. "Our product groups are also taking a unified planning approach so people get what they want – all of their devices, apps and services working together wherever they are and for whatever they are doing."

That little reveal conveniently led to Steve Guggenheimer's announcement of BUILD 2013, which is taking place June 26-28, 2013 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Guggenheimer said Microsoft will share updates and talk about what’s next for Windows, Windows Server, Windows Azure, Visual Studio and more. This will likely be when the company launches the public preview of Windows 8.1.

"It’s been a while since our last developer event in the Bay Area, and we’re looking forward to a fantastic gathering," he said. "Save the date and mark your calendar for the opening of registration next week, at 9 a.m. PT on Tuesday, April 2."

Guggenheimer also said on Tuesday that Microsoft saw more than 100 million downloads from the Windows Store in the first two months after GA, and crossed the 1 billion downloads mark in the Windows Phone Store. The company also saw a doubling Windows Azure compute usage in just the last six months.

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    sporkimus , March 27, 2013 6:12 AM
    Dear Microsoft, quit pushing a touchscreen OS for PC users. Our desktops and laptops don't need touchscreen capabilities. We like our screens to be smudge free. Thanks!

    P.S. - Be smart and include the start menu this time around.
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    SinisterSalad , March 27, 2013 6:15 AM
    I can't wait for Windows 8.11 for Workgroups!
  • 12 Hide
    classzero , March 27, 2013 5:49 AM
    Translation: We botched up Windows 8 so we need to do a reboot (windows vista to 7) again. If we do not we will not stay relevant.
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    classzero , March 27, 2013 5:49 AM
    Translation: We botched up Windows 8 so we need to do a reboot (windows vista to 7) again. If we do not we will not stay relevant.
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    ohim , March 27, 2013 6:10 AM
    So if you`re not interested why do you take time to tell us this ?
  • 25 Hide
    sporkimus , March 27, 2013 6:12 AM
    Dear Microsoft, quit pushing a touchscreen OS for PC users. Our desktops and laptops don't need touchscreen capabilities. We like our screens to be smudge free. Thanks!

    P.S. - Be smart and include the start menu this time around.
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    smerty , March 27, 2013 6:14 AM
    I would love to see the headline "Microsoft Finally Acknowledges Windows Blows!"
  • 15 Hide
    SinisterSalad , March 27, 2013 6:15 AM
    I can't wait for Windows 8.11 for Workgroups!
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    tadej petric , March 27, 2013 6:38 AM
    sporkimusDear Microsoft, quit pushing a touchscreen OS for PC users. Our desktops and laptops don't need touchscreen capabilities. We like our screens to be smudge free. Thanks!P.S. - Be smart and include the start menu this time around.

    Finaly something smart on this page ( this not whole toms).
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    TeraMedia , March 27, 2013 6:39 AM
    This is what happens when an MBA with no tech vision tries to run a tech company. You get a lot of incremental updates. Coordinated, orchestrated releases. Big marketing pushes. And complete commercial flops, not to mention a general lack of understanding of emerging markets and technologies, and how to turn those into opportunities.

    If they want to continue to own the desktop arena, and make any headway in the tablet arena, then they will need to deflate the ego of the person who "owns" the O/S, and break it into multiple sets of GUIs separated by target platforms. This will allow the tablet O/S team to move more quickly to make GUI enhancements that suit tablets and phones, without having to drag behind them the entire platform architecture and hardware/driver/software landscape. This will also allow the desktop/laptop O/S team to stop putting cobbled GUIs in their systems, so that users won't have to deal with "Modern UI" debacles.
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    Chsmith , March 27, 2013 6:40 AM
    Lol, no start button? Window blu, just window 8 wit, color blu? I mean, the os, remain, identical? Why they dont put all, there energi, for creating newer, window sooner, bucasse the price is ok. Porn.
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    3ogdy , March 27, 2013 6:44 AM
    ohimSo if you`re not interested why do you take time to tell us this ?


    So that people like you can ask such questions and expect answers.

    People like janetonly42 say that in order for the rest of the people and the RIGHT people(Microsoft) to understand they need to come up with something good, not bs - talking STRICTLY from a DESIGN perspective, tweaks and performance left aside - and no, Microsoft, don't come with that "it's a better performer than the previous release, so maybe you can forget about the interface that TOTALLY SUCKS from A-Z" Simple is not the opposite of stylish, learn that for once.

    So the next time you post such questions, look in the mirror and ask those questions out loud...maybe you realize where the problem is.
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    3ogdy , March 27, 2013 6:45 AM
    sporkimusDear Microsoft, quit pushing a touchscreen OS for PC users. Our desktops and laptops don't need touchscreen capabilities. We like our screens to be smudge free. Thanks!P.S. - Be smart and include the start menu this time around.

    Amen to that.
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    nuilop , March 27, 2013 7:16 AM
    I'm loving W8 at work: built-in ISO & VHD mounting, built-in dual monitor task bar support, new task manager is hawt, built-in Hyper-V for Enterprise/IT professionals like myself. I can see non-tech users complaining about the missing start button, but come on... you people are still bitching about it on TOMS HARDWARE?!?! LOL... the only time I used the start menu in W7 was for search and the occasional "Devices and Printers". F'n newbs.

    Oh... and it's also pretty sweet in a HTPC config as well, the metro UI on a 60" HD LCD is something to behold, first time I plugged it up I was amazed, convinced me to cut my cable TV subscription.

    Yeah... the metro UI is definitely in it's infancy, but in certain situations it's truly amazing, the desktop IMO isn't one of them... thankfully it's one click and you're to your work area.
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    back_by_demand , March 27, 2013 7:31 AM
    ChsmithLol, no start button? Window blu, just window 8 wit, color blu? I mean, the os, remain, identical? Why they dont put all, there energi, for creating newer, window sooner, bucasse the price is ok. Porn.

    I truly believe all your downvotes are directly related to your shocking use of punctuation, but the thorough ignorance in your content didn't help either
    ...
    Back to remedial English class, trollololololol
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    gnodeb , March 27, 2013 7:32 AM
    sporkimusDear Microsoft, quit pushing a touchscreen OS for PC users. Our desktops and laptops don't need touchscreen capabilities. We like our screens to be smudge free. Thanks!P.S. - Be smart and include the start menu this time around.

    I agree, desktops and laptops don't need touchscreen, but that is not win8 fault. It looks like vendors are confused.
    Win8 can do everything that Win7 can do, in the same manner. Touchscreen functionality is just a plus witch gives us great flexibility. You can use tablet in multi-monitor setup as desktop or you can use AIO as huge tablet or you can run tablet games on desktop without touch screen. Nothing is lost.
    Why do you need start menu? I didn't use it since I've upgraded from XP to Vista. That was a long time ago...
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    back_by_demand , March 27, 2013 7:34 AM
    janetonly42Because I like to piss off the MS fanboys.

    It's more like pity, seeing as you are the 2nd biggest MS troll on the forum, you can't even be the best at that
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    JohnUSA , March 27, 2013 7:37 AM
    Microsoft... it was nice knowing you since 1993 when I got my first PC, but now I have to say goodbye because you are doing a lot of bad and stupid things.
    I hated Windows 8 and instead if fixing it you are heading in a direction that I do not want to go.
    I think you are going to be a huge loser and many of Windows users will join me to emigrate to another OS, most likely Linux. I hate evil Apple and will never use their software.
    I never imagined that Microsoft has such imbeciles running it.
    It is the beginning of the end for Microsoft.
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    soundping , March 27, 2013 7:38 AM
    Welcome to your service pack. :pfff: 
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    ang1dust , March 27, 2013 7:50 AM
    The only downfall of the Linux distrobutions is none of the use DirectX. Untill that happens and i can take full use of my video card i wont ever switch over. I dont hate or like microsoft. I dont hate or like Apple. Both companies are American therefore that is why i dont hate them But there has got to be something better out there. Untill a Linux distro gets DirectX support (if ever and if there something i dont know about direct x please say so) i wont switch. The psudo DXsupport through Wine and Wine tools just doesnt cut it.
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    techguy911 , March 27, 2013 8:05 AM
    nuilopI'm loving W8 at work: built-in ISO & VHD mounting, built-in dual monitor task bar support, new task manager is hawt, built-in Hyper-V for Enterprise/IT professionals like myself. I can see non-tech users complaining about the missing start button, but come on... you people are still bitching about it on TOMS HARDWARE?!?! LOL... the only time I used the start menu in W7 was for search and the occasional "Devices and Printers". F'n newbs.Oh... and it's also pretty sweet in a HTPC config as well, the metro UI on a 60" HD LCD is something to behold, first time I plugged it up I was amazed, convinced me to cut my cable TV subscription.Yeah... the metro UI is definitely in it's infancy, but in certain situations it's truly amazing, the desktop IMO isn't one of them... thankfully it's one click and you're to your work area.


    Try running multiple apps on same screen at once no thanks windows 8 is horrible for productivity i need access to multiple apps all on screen at once so far my store has sold 8 copies of windows 8 and 7 came back to downgrade to 7.
    Businesses are now learning that windows 8 is bad for productivity unless it changes they will stay away the 10 business customers we have have looked at windows 8 and specified that they will stay with windows 7 as it does not support their software ie. they NEED multiple windowed apps open on two screens.
    Microsoft should also change the name to window 8 there is no 's windows 8 can only view one app on screen at a time.

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