Windows Blue Update Due for Summer Release With Improved Search
When is a service pack not a service pack? The latest leaks point to an August release for Microsoft's first major update for the Windows 8 operating system.More details surrounding Windows Blue, an upcoming update to Windows 8, have leaked and signs point to a release as early as August along with significant improvements to the operating system's search capabilities. Just don't call it a Service Pack. Windows Blue is a big departure for Microsoft. According to reports, Windows Blue is the code name of the first Windows 8 updates that follow the software giant's new accelerated OS release schedule, similar to Apple's "big cat" updates (Snow Leopard, Mountain Lion, etc.) for OS X. While Microsoft has remained tight-lipped on Windows Blue, official job postings have all but confirmed its existence. And if the latest news leaks emerging from Microsoft are to be believed, the company may well be on track to deliver Windows Blue less than a year after the official Windows 8 launch. Microsoft first released Windows 8 on Oct. 26 in a splashy series of events in New York City. Inside sources have told ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley that Blue has reached a critical milestone. Foley writes, "One of my contacts said that M1 marks the half-way point in the Windows Blue development schedule. The last and final milestone build of Windows Blue will be M2, said this contact, who requested anonymity."
The Verge's Tom Warren, citing a post on Win8China, reported that Microsoft plans to allow the public to preview Windows Blue ahead of its release, a longstanding tradition for major operating system and software releases. This Milestone Preview should be gracing Microsoft's download servers within the next couple of months.