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    Windows Blue: Microsoft’s plan to release a new version of Windows every year

    Windows Blue: Microsoft’s plan to release a new version of Windows every year | ExtremeTech

    Way back in August, three months before the release of Windows 8, we learnt about the existence of a project at Microsoft codenamed Blue. At the time it wasn’t clear whether this was Windows 9, or some kind of interim update/service pack for Windows 8. Now, if unnamed sources are to be believed, Windows Blue is both of those things: a major update to Windows 8, and also the beginning of a major shift that will result in a major release of Windows every 12 months — just like Apple’s OS X.

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    I assume everyone who said they were going to wait until the next version of Windows is released will upgrade to Windows 'Blue' next year then?

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    So that's where service packs went!

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    Does anyone else see a Windows Vista "Ultimate Extras" situation forming here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoom7000 View Post
    Does anyone else see a Windows Vista "Ultimate Extras" situation forming here?
    You mean you didn't enjoy Tinkertoy and the Dream Scenes?

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    Oh gosh this will cause confusion for the none tech users.

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    I think this is going to cause massive headaches for schools, businesses and current windows 8 devs.

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    Im starting to feel that a lot of the big boys and girls (Microsoft, Apple etc) seem to be neglecting us who have a large amount of machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    Im starting to feel that a lot of the big boys and girls (Microsoft, Apple etc) seem to be neglecting us who have a large amount of machines.
    Yeah, there's a very noticeable change in mindset towards punting the OS as a consumer one first and business/enterprise second. I think they're going to the apple approach of trying to appeal to home users in order to get their products adopted at work. The adoption of the apple yearly update model is just more evidence of that. I wonder if MS is expecting companies to start rolling out virtualised desktops, terminals or simply embrace BYOD as every year it feels like it's getting harder to manage and maintain an ever increasing number of full Windows clients!

    Still, in some ways it's good as the 3-4 year update cycle was far too long for a home operating system. Hopefully it will encourage Microsoft to innovate and bring out genuine new features every year rather than simply releasing service packs that are basically nothing more than roll-ups of hotfixes
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    Call me cynical but the first thought I had when reading this was that it's a clever way to charge for service packs...

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    I think we are seeing the slow death of the managed desktops. I can't blame MS this is the only way they can keep pace in the current market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tallwood_6 View Post
    I think we are seeing the slow death of the managed desktops. I can't blame MS this is the only way they can keep pace in the current market.
    I agree with this. The writing has been on the wall for some time.
    Of course, you can still centrally manage and deploy linux desktops should you want to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    I agree with this. The writing has been on the wall for some time.
    Of course, you can still centrally manage and deploy linux desktops should you want to.
    Maybe this will provoke their management tools to get a little bit better with more focus being put on them. As fun as building a poor replica of AD out of a stack of undocumented projects sounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    Maybe this will provoke their management tools to get a little bit better with more focus being put on them. As fun as building a poor replica of AD out of a stack of undocumented projects sounds.
    There is already some pretty good and well documented tools. Spacewalk, for example (commercially available through canonical or Redhat) is a fantastically easy way to deploy and update linux. You can send out any type of update or policy to multiple clients, be it a security policy, package or fix. It is web enabled, so if I want to update any of my clients I just log into the web interface, select the package and hit 'deploy'.

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    if they are going down apples route of upgrading every year then the price must be comprisable to mac os price!

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