MS backing down

  alanrwood 09:34 07 May 2013

From today's Financial Times

Financial Times: Microsoft is preparing to reverse course over key elements of its Windows 8 operating system, marking one of the most prominent admissions of failure for a new mass-market consumer product since Coca-Cola’s New Coke fiasco nearly 30 years ago.

  sharpamat 08:19 08 May 2013

Personally I think its to soon to say Microsoft is backing down. At least until the end of June when they have stated Windows Blue will be available.

The FT details do not match the sales numbers given out by Microsoft this week, To me if the numbers are correct why the Microsoft statement that windows blue CR will be available shortly ??

Whats not been announced is it a new OS or an update to Win 8 the facts are Windows Blue will have a public preview that will be made available this summer (in June). Tend to point to a new OS

So soon after Windows 8 The facts just do not match.

  Zeppelyn 10:51 08 May 2013

MS have not stated when "Blue" will be available, more likely autumn with a public preview late June. Its not a new OS but an update to Windows 8, going forward MS plan annual updates to Windows rather than a big bang release every 3 years or so. There's loads of info out there on this, inc PC Advisor site.

  sharpamat 16:34 15 May 2013

It is in fact an update Windows 8.1 is scheduled to be released to the public on June the 26th, 2013 Its unknown what it actually contains

  Forum Editor 01:08 17 May 2013


The release on 26th June is a preview only - not the final version. It's primarily intended for developers, although it will be avaialable to anyone who wants to download it.

There will be more tile sizes, a preview of Internet Explorer 11, a tighter integration of SkyDrive, plus various tweaks to the way apps are handled.

There are bound to be other changes before the final release version is available - probably in October.

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