, rodneyMc wrote

*snip*

provide insight into the BLUE release or Re-Launch. 

I don't think change is due in either. At the risk of laboring a point I made earlier, MS will only change direction if sales figures dictate the need, and at the moment they seem to be happy with those.

$70 student upgrades, starting Feb-1... that will continue to blur the underlying sales strength or weakness of the product, but eventually it will either prove to be a true sales success, fully justifying MS's choices, or a sales flop, demanding product changes. I believe that the jury is still out on this one.