Both Windows 7 and the soon to be released Windows 8 operating system have been released after three years of development. News broke earlier this month that work began on Windows 9, the next version of Windows which probably will be released in October 2015 if Microsoft is keeping up with the release schedule.
Rumors about a different release schedule, or at least a different schedule of releases in-between major version upgrades, have been fueled by Mary Jo Foley who mentioned that her "contacts" told here that some kind of Windows update was coming next year. Now, this is not very specific and could very well be the indication for a first service pack for the operating system.
Mary Jo however thinks that Microsoft could be planning to release smaller updates in shorter release cycles in the future. This could be similar as to how Apple is developing updates for its Mac OS X operating system.The project could be codenamed Blue, a terminus mentioned last week on Win8China.
A faster release schedule would allow Microsoft to integrate new features faster into the operating system which could be especially important for Windows 8 as the system is the first in a series of operating systems that is moving away from a traditional desktop system towards a system suitable for different kinds of devices and computers.
At this point, it is nothing more than a rumor though, and surely one that Microsoft won't confirm any time soon. If it turns out to be true, we could see the new release make an appearance in the summer of 2013, less than a year after the official release of Windows 8. Whether that update will then be referred to as Windows 8.1, Windows 8.5 or something completely different is up for debate as well.
The update would however have more of a service pack character with a few new features thrown into the mix than something that would be completely different from Windows 8.
System administrators on the other hand and businesses do not necessarily look forward to a faster release schedule as this could put a lot of strain on an IT department and employees.
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