Linked by snydeq on Tue 4th Jun 2013 01:46 UTC
Windows First looks at Windows 'Blue' have revealed an upgrade composed of cosmetic fixes, suggesting that Microsoft may be blowing its chance to turn the tide on Windows 8 blow back, and make good on its promise to truly 'rethink' Windows 8 with the release of Windows Blue. As a result, InfoWorld has issued an open letter to Microsoft to consider Windows 'Red' -- what InfoWorld is calling a 'serious plan' to fix the flaws of Windows 8, one that could rescue Microsoft's currently flagging promise to deliver a modern computing experience on both PCs and tablets.
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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by Nelson on Tue 4th Jun 2013 14:18 UTC in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
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Blue is actually a large update (much larger than I expected, with more interesting features).

Comparing Blue to 7.8 is completely disingenuous considering VPN, Tethering, the ability to snap more Metro apps at once, expanded XAML stack in many meaningful ways, Wireless Display support, Point of Sale support, 8 inch screen optimization, support for more SoCs, updates to many Core apps, new Core apps, updates to the Windows Store platform, and many more unannounced features still left for BUILD 2013.

How is this a small update by any stretch of imagination?

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Tue 4th Jun 2013 15:00 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
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That's mostly filling in the missing features. You've mentioned nothing that made me go mmmmmmm.

I'll grant you that it's no WP 7.8 kind of update, but it's effect might be the same: anti-climax.

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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by Nelson on Tue 4th Jun 2013 15:30 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
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I think that's a much more reasonable position. Some of these features are a big deal to me, specifically the ability to multitask better from Metro and the new tile sizes on the start screen.

As a developer a lot of the improvements in XAML should make porting WPF or Silverlight apps easier due to better parity between them.

Its a hefty update, and when you couple it with the ton of core app updates I've gotten since Windows 8 RTMd, it makes the totality of what Microsoft has done in a year seem impressive.

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