There's definitely something in the air this week. We're just getting our heads round the fact that Adobe has released new versions of versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Dreamweaver - not to mention a new foray into hardware. And today Microsoft has officially confirmed that a new version of its Windows operating system, Windows Blue, will be coming to our screens later in the year. Phew!
We're slightly taken aback by the timing: it's only been six months since Windows 8 (shown above) was launched. But Microsoft says it's sold more than 100 million licences of the touchscreen-oriented Win8, and seen more than a quarter of a billion downloads from its app store, so it clearly feels it's time to move on...
That's pretty much all they're telling us right now - although if you'd like to read some wild-eyed rumours and speculation we do recommend Twitter. We can confirm, though, that Windows Blue is only a working title, that it will build on the tablet-friendly philosophy of Windows 8, and that it's "an opportunity for [Microsoft] to respond to the customer feedback that we’ve been closely listening to since the launch of Windows 8".
Whether that means Windows Blue will be a Windows 9, Windows 8.1 or something entirely different, though, is not clear right now. Watch this space...
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