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Windows Blue gets a new Kernel

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    felix9

    @evildictaitor: of course not, but generally speaking, V.Current SP1 and V.Next are totally different beasts, and generally Microsoft should be working on BOTH after (or before) V.Current is released.

    In this case, we didn't know what the nature of 'Blue' really is, is it more like V.Current SP1 ? or more like V.Next ? In fact, we had seen references to Blue AND "Windows 9", and we had heard that Blue is coming very soon, while "Windows 9" is completely mystery, so the common guess is, 'Blue' should be a minor update like V.Current SP1, which brings minor fixes and subtle new features, while "Windows 9" could be the real major update like 'V.Next', where big changes could happen.

    With this kernel version changing news, now we know that 'Blue' can't be a V.Current SP1, which generally wont update Major/Minor version number, only build number (by convention the low bytes of build number), so the news is really saying: "Blue" is quite 'major', not the 'minor' one we thought it was before.

    That leaves "Windows 9" in mystery though, is it just another name of Blue ? or is it the thing after Blue ? if Blue is quite 'major', then what about 9 ? is it like 'tick-tock' or what ?

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    evildictait​or

    , felix9 wrote

    In this case, we didn't know what the nature of 'Blue' really is, is it more like V.Current SP1 ? or more like V.Next ? In fact, we had seen references to Blue AND "Windows 9", and we had heard that Blue is coming very soon, while "Windows 9" is completely mystery, so the common guess is, 'Blue' should be a minor update like V.Current SP1, which brings minor fixes and subtle new features, while "Windows 9" could be the real major update like 'V.Next', where big changes could happen.

    Say what? Microsoft hasn't had a major change introduced with a service pack since Windows XP SP2. All SPs since then have been frankly pretty much no more substantial than a rollup of all prior updates.

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    felix9

    @evildictaitor: Yes, thats exactly what I mean, and what some of us thought 'Blue' is, before this kernel changing revealed. Smiley

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    cheong

    @exoteric: IMO, there would probably not much new thing on kernel level as driver writers are still busy updating their skill to support x64 and the new driver model.

    On the other hand, I think Microsoft would experiment on different mix of UX elements in order to determine what will the next direction to evolve Windows.

    IMO, adding touchscreen is just a start. People will probably want to go 3D. Kinect is a good start but not sensitive enough to precise movement. I'll imagine something like pairs of gloves plus glasses as display to create (mostly) virtual computing experience across office room, so people in a team can afford increased complexity in communication without significantly affecting communication efficiency. There will be a powerful server with BI tools, plus a few thin client workstations which has main purpose to provide UX to each users (I've not determined whether there should be thin application to do simple computing then send result to server, or just do all calculations and consolidations on server) .

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