Report: Windows 8 Blue Release In August, Will Include Performance And Power Efficiency Improvements

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We all know from previous reports that Microsoft is working on a significant update for Windows 8 codenamed Blue that will be released this year. Now according to Win8china, Windows 8 Blue will be RTMd in June with preview available in coming months.

Windows Blue will include less UI changes and more under the hood improvements like low power consumption, better performance, better search integration, etc,.

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 7th of June
Retail launch planned for August
Windows Blue upgrade is free for Windows 8 Users

via: Neowin  Source: Windows4Live

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  • Frostie

    I thought you had to pay for Windows Blue. That’s what The Verge is saying.

    • http://twitter.com/surilamin surilamin

      It’s not clear if you will have to pay for Blue or not yet. It may be offered like a free upgrade as service packs have been in the past.

    • Kruegerman

      Yeah, you have pay for Blue if you don’t own Windows 8.

    • arrow2010

      I don’t see how. You pay for the Windows 8 upgrade if you’re on Vista/7 and that takes you straight to Blue.

    • frankwick

      These are rumors about rumors. The latest rumor is that it is free for Win8 users and I believe this one. Based on the reading above it sounds like a SP sized update and not a new OS.

  • David van der Zande

    Only Windows 8? So no Windows RT update (I have the surface rt).

    • Oliver

      I think it’s just lazy journalism from the original source of the info. RT will surely also receive the update, they wouldn’t leave their own flagship product in the dust.

      Also I do not think they will charge for Blue. It’s so soon after Windows 8 came out. I do anticipate a later update coming in 2/3 years that does cost a bit, but nowhere near as much as Windows 7 and previous iterations of Windows.

    • Oliver

      I think it’s just lazy journalism from the original source of the info. RT will surely also receive the update, they wouldn’t leave their own flagship product in the dust.

      Also I do not think they will charge for Blue. It’s so soon after Windows 8 came out. I do anticipate a later update coming in 2/3 years that does cost a bit, but nowhere near as much as Windows 7 and previous iterations of Windows.

    • Bugbog

      From what I’ve read (in different places), ‘Blue’ is a Eco-system wide update. So everything from Windows Server 9 (2012), to Windows Phone 8, to Windows 8 Pro will be getting it.

    • koenshaku

      Its Windows 8 RT right not windows RT? So it will be going around the board. I hear from the phone to the even the xbox they will be getting a unified update.

    • Rich

      If kernel changes I don’t see how the new kernel not coming to RT. All Windows 8, RT, and Windows Phone 8 share the same kernel right now

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  • Guest

    Wow, who could have expected this!!????!1111 This is can be said about every new version of windows…

    • Danny Dodge

      Yes, I was really impressed by how they improved metro apps on Vista… *facepalm*

  • anujgoyal

    i hope they followed improvements suggested by paul on winsupersite

  • http://www.facebook.com/mic.rosatase Mic Rosatase

    how about windows phone blue? is it also be free? hope soooooooo

    • kalval

      All WP updates are free unless it requires you to buy a new phone (like going from wp7 to wp8). So because this is an update to WP8 it will be free.

      • http://www.facebook.com/mic.rosatase Mic Rosatase

        thanks ;D

  • Danny Dodge

    ib like that its a “version update” and not a service pack… I know its only semantics but its nicer, more obvious for non techies too

  • SCOOBY_666UK

    There will definitely be more UI Changes by the time the MP is complete. UI is one of the last things you change/update… M1 was all about under the hood changes… MP will be about tweaking the changes and updating the UI.

  • http://twitter.com/KarimChammas Karim Chammas

    Awesome. Hopefully this will improve the battery life of my soon to be bought (as soon as it’s in stock) 128gb Surface Pro!!!!!!
    I really can’t wait. It’s only going to get better

    • frankwick

      You will see some improvement but don’t expect it to be dramatic. The Pro may look like a tablet but it still is a laptop running Intel.

  • bricko

    Would be nice if they would update it enough to allow us to install the Metro apps on a different drive than C. What about folks that are using a SSD for just the OS on C and want to put all their programs and apps on another drive. What happens when you get that little 128 or 250 Gb SSD filled up…..delete?

  • frankwick

    Surely there is more behind the scenes with unified APIs across the platforms. This description reads like a SP. It also reminds me the “performance and reliability” updates we saw right after Vista launched. Incidentally, those two Vista updates dramatically improved the OS but it was too late — the damage was done.