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Screenshots of the next version of Windows 8 (MSFT), codenamed Blue, have leaked. Features...

Screenshots of the next version of Windows 8 (MSFT), codenamed Blue, have leaked. Features include smaller live tiles, more Snap View options, and various UI tweaks meant to make the OS more touch-friendly. Separately, CNET reports Blue will feature power-saving tech meant to work with Intel's (INTC) Haswell CPUs. Intel has promised Haswell will deliver major power savings relative to Ivy Bridge, and has mandated all Haswell ultrabooks sport touchscreens. Blue is expected later this year, and reportedly is the start of a shift to an annual Windows update cycle.
Comments (11)
  • Oh-oh!?! MSFT has seriously broken all existing WIN8 Apps. The expanded range of icon (er, tile) sizes means throwing out some live features displayed within each icon. This could destroy the whole app UI design since there are NO popup or cascading menus.

     

    Now, the split screens are indistinguishable from the slide out menus. And, having split screens with slide out menus hides the exact information you need. Oh-oh!?! You cannot reposition the display non-window, non-menu thingies to see necessary information.

     

    MSFT fired their best and promoted those responsible for this. Now, marketing droids are explaining this tech and telling us this is progress. What next...having a chief designer?
    24 Mar 2013, 03:44 PM Reply Like
  • Hi Investing,

     

    You may have misinterpreted the smaller tile feature.
    I am almost sure they are not doing away with current sizes, but instead allowing smaller tiles for certain apps that only display a tiny amount of data, like an analog clock face for instance.
    25 Mar 2013, 08:24 PM Reply Like
  • If I owned a stock with a PE of 72 I think I might be a little bit concerned with the likelihood that another company is about to unleash project deep dive on my company's stock price.
    24 Mar 2013, 03:46 PM Reply Like
  • Evolutionary. Looks to be a few features that will alter the way people work on a computer. Much like those who complained about command lines disappearing, there will always be people who dislike change. We really should move beyond seas of icons and docks of icons.

     

    http://seekingalpha.co...

     

    I think the possibility of a switch to annual updates should excite investors. There are obvious downsides to annual operating systems upgrades, though the revenue potential should be the main investor focus. The other factor is every screen becoming touch enabled, though keyboards, trackpads, and mice will continue to be used.
    24 Mar 2013, 05:57 PM Reply Like
  • "...command lines disappearing..."

     

    The command line didn't disappear, and I use it a lot in Windows.
    25 Mar 2013, 08:05 AM Reply Like
  • Yes, it is always possible to access older aspects of computing. However, ask the average user to use a command line, or even find it, and they will be at a loss. The command line is functionally invisible to the average non-tech user. I'll admit I could have chosen my words more carefully in my original comment.
    25 Mar 2013, 03:06 PM Reply Like
  • Titanic ... rearranging ... deckchairs ... glub, glub, glub.
    24 Mar 2013, 09:56 PM Reply Like
  • Microsoft had SO much experience with the 'Blue Screen of Death' (BSOD), they they decided to use that as the building blocks for their next OS, self entitled 'Blue'.
    24 Mar 2013, 11:07 PM Reply Like
  • Someone at Microsoft should be fired for releasing Windows 8. Microsoft is late to the game again. It missed the boat for Cloud computing and has jumped in with both feet to catch up by answering with Windows 8 as their Cloud computer solution. They must like to lead from behind.

     

    What the technology sector needs is a reincarnation of Steve Jobs not shallow dweebs like Gates, Ballmer, or Zuckerberg.
    25 Mar 2013, 03:42 AM Reply Like
  • Some of us like Windows 8.
    17 Apr 2013, 04:05 AM Reply Like
  • Always wondered why 50/50 split wasn't available; looks like it will be soon.
    25 Mar 2013, 08:11 AM Reply Like
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