As the release of Windows 8 draws near, Microsoft may have its sights set on the next version of its popular software platform. According to a few unconfirmed rumblings, including a report from ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, the Redmond company is allegedly working on an update, referred to as Windows Blue, that’s scheduled to hit sometime next year.
If true, the turnaround would certainly indicate a new approach from Microsoft, which has previously taken years to release new desktop software. Think of the style made popular by Apple: Yearly upgrades at a low, low price. Perhaps Windows Blue will be Microsoft’s version if Snow Leopard — an incremental update filled with speed boosts and new features.
I’d imagine the same rules will apply to Microsoft’s mobile ecosystem, both on the Surface and on handsets running Windows Phone 8. Moving toward point releases will allow Microsoft to constantly refine the experience, while also giving consumers much more to look forward to on an annual basis, rather than something every three or four years.