At first the rumors were that Windows Blue was going to be the version of Windows after Windows 8, but the more rumors that came through revealed that Windows Blue was actually an update to Windows 8. Also, Windows Blue is most likely the code name and another rumor points at the official name being 8.1.

Previous large updates, called Service Packs, were released once a year or so. Trying to be more competitive with Apple, Microsoft may be starting to release updates around every quarter. Also receiving an update is Office 2013.

When will Blue be released?
Microsoft hasn’t officially set a date for the release, but has finally acknowledged its existence. With the upcoming BUILD conference in June, many expect Microsoft to release more information then. A build leak of Windows Blue has already been roaming around recently and the feedback has been positive.

So what updates are included in Windows Blue?
No official list has been released, of course, but from the leaked build of Windows Blue, many changes have been found. Some of these changes include bug fixes, security updates and overall improvements such as better multi-monitor support, apps from the Windows Store can now be automatically updated, the Start Screen can automatically be synched, better multi-tasking and the search feature has been improved. We believe the biggest improvements will be compatibility and security improvements.

What does this mean for businesses & should they update to Windows 8?
With the first service pack being released for Windows 8, many businesses may start adopting it into their networks. Service Packs usually fix the most critical security flaws and bugs. Also, by now I have seen many software developers giving their software updates to make it Windows 8 compatible. With all the built-in synchronizing options and built in cloud services, I bet Windows 8 will start to become more and more popular in the business environment. If you are interested in finding out if your company should start adopting Windows 8, you should contact your managed IT service group. Every business has different needs and goals so this should be considered on a per company basis. If you need help with your Windows 8 adoption please contact us.

What Windows 8 computers do we recommend?
One of the primary advantages of Windows 8 is the touch-friendly environment it brings, but, of course, you don’t have to take advantage of it. Deciding what computer you should buy really depends on what you will be doing on the computer and where you will be using it. For example, if it will primarily be used at an office desk, you may not really use the touch screen function. If you are using it as a point of sale system or a portable system, you would probably want to use it as a touch screen system. Manufacturers have released laptops that can convert into tablets and also all-in-one computers that are all contained in a monitor. Front desks could look really sleek with a touch-screen all-in-one system. I will talk about different options in another article.

So what do YOU think?
We would love to hear from you on your thoughts of updating your business to Windows 8. Do you see a need or do you have questions or concerns? Please submit comments below and we can get your questions answered!

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