Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 24th Feb 2013 12:33 UTC
Windows "The public preview, first reported by win8china, will launch within the next few months, allowing existing Windows 8 users to test and provide feedback before Microsoft readies the final version of Windows Blue. We understand that Microsoft is aiming to only have one preview release for Blue. Features are still being prepared for Blue, but one of the biggest changes is an improvement to the search charm functionality." Whatever. Windows Blue needs to address two things: application loading times and in-application performance, and the Mail application. Everything else is fluff.
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RE: Comment by Wafflez
by WorknMan on Sun 24th Feb 2013 23:10 UTC in reply to "Comment by Wafflez"
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Windows 9 already? Soon Microsoft will hit Windows 94 and there will be some confusion.

I kind of miss the XP days, when we were only getting a new version every 6-7 years. If they start releasing every year or two, I've got to constantly worry about whether all of my apps and drivers will still work, if I want to stay current. And most new features that they add, I either have in 3rd party apps already, or I just end up turning off.

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RE[2]: Comment by Wafflez
by malxau on Sun 24th Feb 2013 23:36 in reply to "RE: Comment by Wafflez"
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I kind of miss the XP days, when we were only getting a new version every 6-7 years...

Note what happened prior to XP: between 1998 and 2001 we had 98, 98SE, ME, 2000 and XP - five releases, four years.

What Vista really represented was accumulating all of that change into one very disruptive release rather than issuing change incrementally. Staying on XP represented the "calm before the storm" as it were.

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RE[3]: Comment by Wafflez
by whitehornmatt on Mon 25th Feb 2013 00:33 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Wafflez"
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I think Blue will probably share a lot in common with the 98 to 98SE transition, apparently it was a $20 update for Windows 98 owners - a slightly wider net of changes than a service pack, but not enough to result in a visible name change.

I am a happy Windows 8 user for the improvements in speed and I quite like the live tiles - but certainly have issues with crashing in metro apps and there's a lot of functionality to be desired in Mail - though it is now my default email client because of how much I like notifications in Windows 8; same reason I use Xbox Music over my preferred Zune.

I'm interested though how Blue will fit with enterprise - a yearly update strategy makes no sense when we're only now seeing businesses start to move to Windows 7.

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