Microsoft is reportedly working on the sequel to Windows 8, called Windows Blue, set for release in mid-2013. (Photo : Microsoft.com)
A little over a month after Windows 8 was officially released, Microsoft is already reportedly working on the sequel to it.
According to The Verge.com, Microsoft is working on its next-generation Windows client, with sources telling the tech wen site that Microsoft is planning work on "Windows Blue," the name for the company's follow-up to Windows 8.
"The Verge has learned from several sources familiar with Microsoft's plans that the company is planning to standardize on an approach, codenamed Blue, across Windows and Windows Phone in an effort to provide more regular updates to consumers," the site reported.
While everything is still being discussed, The Verge reports that the upcoming software, which could be released in 2013, will include user-interface changes and alterations to the entire platform and pricing. However, company officials refused to comment on Windows Blue to the web site.
This marks a significant change in Microsoft's strategy of past years, which is to wait several years after unleashing a new operating system (OS) before working on an upgrade.
As PC World reports, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer could be steering towards having the company release upgrades of their iconic OS system every few years in order to get more people to use the Microsoft brand.
"I think the world is different than it was 10 years ago, and everybody has to change," NPD Group analyst Stephen Baker told PC World. "Microsoft has already started down that path with Windows 8 to begin with: different interface, something that's a lot more focused on touch, a lot more integrated with tablets and its cellphone operating system. There's no reason they wouldn't go toward an OS upgrade schedule that looks more like what the rest of the industry is already doing."