Windows 8 Blue Preview And Full Release Coming This Summer

By Vamien McKalin email: v.mckalin@mobilenapps.com | Feb 27, 2013 09:15 AM EST

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It is clear to everyone that Microsoft is working on a momentous update for Windows 8 that goes by the name Windows Blue. The update promises under-the-hood improvements, UI changes and low-power consumption and more.

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Recent reports from Win8china reveal that Microsoft is gearing up for a public preview of Windows Blue in August. The Verge has reported that Microsoft is aiming for a full release in the summer after the public preview. Recent leaks showcased Internet Explorer 11 as being part of the new update.

What to expect from Windows Blue:

Windows Blue has entered Milestone Preview development phase now.

UI hasn't changed much.

Will have a better performance, Kernel gets downsized again.

Lower power consumption.

Scaling is improved for Metro Apps, will fit to the screensize. Better windowing.

Preview will be available in coming months.

M1, MP, and then RTM.

RTM Build number should be 9600.

RTM phase starting June 7.

Retail launch planned for August.

Windows Blue upgrade is free for Windows 8 Users.

It has been claimed many times that Windows Blue will usher in 7-8-inch Windows 8 tablets that would be aimed at competing with the iPad Mini and Android tablets. If Microsoft does pull this off, it would have the means to compete more effectively in the tablet space.

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