Microsoft Developing Windows 8 Successor, says report
Software giant Microsoft Corporation released Windows 8 on October 26, which means if we go by the standard procedure of Microsoft, one has to wait for a couple of years before the next Windows OS upgrade arrives. However, it seems that Redmond might be changing its game plan. Reports indicate that Microsoft is busy preparing its next-generation Windows client.
Online magazine The Verge has reported that several sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have indicated that the company is planning to standardize on an approach, code-named Blue, across Windows and Windows Phone in an effort to provide more consistent updates to consumers.
Originally unveiled by an August ZDNet report, the update on the Windows side, expected in mid-2013, will include User Interface changes with a revised platform and pricing structure. According to the tech portal, the first Windows Blue release will be priced at “a low cost or even free to ensure users upgrade”.
According to The Verge, Microsoft wants to “make Windows Blue the next OS that everyone installs,” hence the super-low or even free pricing, but is also building in defenses against piracy. The price may be minimal to upgrade to Windows 8’s successor, but users “will need a genuine copy of Windows to upgrade to Windows Blue” and “built-in apps and the Windows Store will cease functioning if a copy is upgraded that is pirated”.
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