Microsoft announces new version of Windows

We've only just got used to Windows 8 - now there's a new version of Windows on the way, as Microsoft officially confirms Windows Blue.

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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