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8 Things Microsoft Should Fix In Windows Blue

Windows 8 has left a lot of folks fuming. Can Windows Blue win them back?
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Microsoft has been busy lately defending Window 8's honor, and for good reason. The din of user gripes, focused mostly on the new operating system's tile-oriented Modern interface, hasn't lessened much since Windows 8 launched last October. Industry analysts have dumped on the new OS too, claiming it bears some of the blame for weak PC sales worldwide.

But is Windows 8 really so bad? This won't come as a surprise, but Microsoft thinks it's pretty good, if you'll just give it a chance. The company recently confirmed that its Windows 8 update, code-named "Windows Blue," is slated for release later this year. A public preview of Windows Blue will debut at the Microsoft Build Developer Conference in San Francisco at the end of June.

Redmond is a bit less forthcoming about Windows Blue's new and updated features, which is the subject of the slideshow that follows. So what can we expect? "[Blue is] an opportunity for us to respond to the customer feedback that we've been closely listening to since the launch of Windows 8 and Windows RT," said Tami Reller, chief marketing and financial officer of the Windows division, in a May 7th Q&A session with Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc. Well, perhaps "feedback" is a friendly word for "grievances."

Whatever the case, we'll find out in a few weeks just how responsive Microsoft is to Windows 8's critics.

Microsoft claims it has sold more than 100 million licenses for Windows 8, up from 60 million in January, and that there are now more than 2,400 certified Windows 8- and Windows RT-certified devices. And Windows 8's acceptance in the marketplace, in terms of license sales, is on par with that of Windows 7 after its debut, the company says. But as InformationWeek associate editor Michael Endler makes clear, there are many more PCs in the world today than when Windows 7 arrived at the end of 2009. To match its predecessor's market share growth, Windows 8 would need to sell significantly more licenses than Windows 7.

So is Windows doomed? Hardly. Even with the anti-Windows 8 uproar, there's no indication that enterprises are ditching the Windows platform. However, given that many businesses are still in the process of upgrading to Windows 7, there's a good chance they may bypass Windows 8 -- and perhaps even Windows Blue -- altogether and hold out for Windows 9. Consumers, however, may find iPads and Android tablets tempting alternatives to Windows-based laptops and tablets, and that has Microsoft worried.

Here are 8 things that Microsoft might fix in Windows Blue.

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WBCaiusey
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WBCaiusey,
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5/10/2013 | 7:10:26 PM
re: 8 Things Microsoft Should Fix In Windows Blue
The only solution for Microsoft's operating system is and always has been an Apple.
robin oliver
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robin oliver,
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5/10/2013 | 6:36:00 PM
re: 8 Things Microsoft Should Fix In Windows Blue
trash-talking the latest windows os has turned into a regular pattern with informationweek... you guys really need to find a new drum-beat... there can be no question that user interface is lacking in every operating system... and it has been that way for 31 years since apple released its first gui on the lisa platform... but in every instance, we have learned to use it... or not... and when not, it has faded away (except in the minds of those who became irrationally attached to it)... but the following successive versions do seem to get better and more useful over time...

actually, no operating system will be worth a tinker's damn until the day it becomes completely ubiquitous but unseen, interacting with the user in the ways that our species has evolved to handle information, without the extraordinary attention to a keyboard or a mouse or a touchscreen, serving us with the information we need or seek, and otherwise completely unnoticed and unremarkable...

think in terms of a well-behaved HAL 9000...? rather than hammering microsoft or anyone else in this race, why don't you guys devote yourselves to helping to shape that vision...? as scoop nisker used to say, "if you do not like the news, go out an make some of your own..."

by the way, i also think this web site design for this piece falls way short... just sayin'...
Stephane Parent
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5/10/2013 | 6:22:58 PM
re: 8 Things Microsoft Should Fix In Windows Blue
One thing I would like to see in Blue is Modern UI across multiple screens. Right now, I have it appearing on my primary screen with the secondary defaulting to desktop.
Tronist
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5/10/2013 | 5:35:27 PM
re: 8 Things Microsoft Should Fix In Windows Blue
i might like Windows 8 if it weren't for all that crap cluttering up the desktop.
C. Moya
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5/10/2013 | 5:17:51 PM
re: 8 Things Microsoft Should Fix In Windows Blue
Seriously. With full page postbacks too. They couldn't have the slideshow run in a nicer AJAX-y way?
Junis
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Junis,
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5/9/2013 | 5:52:44 PM
re: 8 Things Microsoft Should Fix In Windows Blue
Splitting an article into 10 different web pages is an example of extremely poor web design. Shame on the online computer publication that allows this.
phuzz
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5/9/2013 | 4:41:27 PM
re: 8 Things Microsoft Should Fix In Windows Blue
I might have bothered reading all this if it wasn't split across 10 pages
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