Rumour: Windows Phone Blue delayed already?

Blue was meant to be a somewhat major update to both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, which, according to a recent job post, was supposed to provide such niceties as an improved Excel app that works better with touch.  It is also known that Microsoft intends to unify the API of Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8, though it is not known if this is part of Blue or not.

It is expected that Blue would be part of a faster-paced yearly update cycle of Windows 8, but now, according to Mary Jo Foley( on the Microsoft show), it appears the phone team may not make that yearly cut, with the team falling behind the desktop team.

She is therefore suggesting Windows Phone Blue may be delayed all the way into 2014.

The requirements for yearly major updates for phones is pretty ingrained by now, so I think it is very unlikely we will not see a “major” update in fall 2013.  I do however think if the team is delayed, we may see major features cut, much as we suspect was the case for Windows Phone 8.

Of course just because features are cut it does not mean they can not be delivered later, much like we are just received Always On WIFI and SMS Reply to Missed Calls, and like we expect to see VPN support in the near future, but we have recently seen complaints that Microsoft is not delivering updates on “internet time”, but still seems to be working to the old mid-2000’s time scales which is just not fast enough to compete.

Do our readers think we will see a hobbled Fall Windows Phone “8” update? Let us know below.


Thanks Vygantas for the tip.

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