Microsoft may be preparing to take a page out of Apple’s playbook for its next major operating system update. The Verge reports that in mid-2013 Microsoft will launch the next version of Windows, code-named Windows Blue. But it won’t be the same kind of major event we’ve seen every few years from Microsoft.
Instead, Microsoft will make the update available to all existing Windows 8 users for free or for a low cost. New updates will be released about once a year using the same system.
In other words, Windows upgrades will be a lot more like OS X upgrades, which typically bring new features and improvements without dramatically shaking up the operating system for around $30.
According to The Verge, Blue is just a code-name, and the operating system will continue to be called Windows 8. Apps designed for Windows 8 will also be able to run on the next version.
But Microsoft will reportedly launch an updated software developer kit and the company will stop accepting apps into the Windows Store if they’re written for older versions of Windows once a new version is available.
That, along with the low or no-price upgrades sound like a good way to ensure that users keep their computers up to date.
You can find more details at The Verge… but nothing has been confirmed by Microsoft yet.