Microsoft to push out yearly Windows 8 updates

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The Verge has more details about the long-rumoured Windows 8 successor code-named Blue.

Citing several sources familiar with the matter, they said Microsoft is set to push out cheap or free yearly updates for the desktop OS to keep it competitive with other faster-moving operating systems.

Apparently Microsoft intends to force upgrades by encouraging new apps to be Blue-enabled or not be accepted into the Windows 8 Store.

The OS will likely continue being called Windows 8, and will presumably round out all the rough edges of Windows 8, such as the split in settings between the desktop and Metro side.

Are our readers looking forward to this model? Let us know below.

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  • http://twitter.com/pierrerv Pierre Venescar

    my boys…. Make me proud

  • deathdealer351

    sounds like the apple model where you pay for service packs

    • http://twitter.com/outlaw_d Big D

      Yup. Sounds like Apple’s approach which has been very successful.

  • Emi Cyberschreiber

    This sounds good to me! I like fast updates! of course these are only crap rumors based on ghosts. we all knew there was a blue UPDATE, and Microsoft was going yearly updates… whats new here? well they are adding crap like about Microsoft not allowing non blue apps.
    until Microsoft doesn’t say something about it i wont believe, also… blue might be free so what would be the problem? time wasted updating and you would be able to use new apps.

  • http://twitter.com/nitesh_maharaj Nitesh Maharaj

    I think the faster Microsoft can move everything from Win32 to WinRT, the better. The default WinRT experience is lacking in a big way. They need to improve app launch speeds, improve default critical apps, like mail and calendar and add in more apps as pre-installed. I shouldn’t have to go to the store to get a calculator, notes, and other similar apps.

    Windows 8 and Windows RT are great in potential. Now Microsoft just needs to polish it up and deliver a high quality product.

  • JRV

    The irony, here, is that annual Windows upgrades were the reason MS gave for changing from version numbers to years back when Windows 95 (which would otherwise have been Windows 4.0) was released. And then the next version was Windows 98. Maybe it’ll work this time.