Windows “Blue” heading to Windows Phone also, could bring updated browser, other features with it


Mary Jo Foley has received a tip from an extremely trusted source suggesting Windows Blue, the rumoured feature pack for Windows 8 coming this year, will in fact be coming to more than just Windows, but also Windows Phone.

Part of raising the clock rate of Windows updates from every 3 years to yearly, to more closely match the industry standard, the update will also be affecting Windows services such as SkyDrive and Hotmail.

Instead of being delivered via OEMs, for Windows the updates may be delivered via the Windows Store, something we sincerely hope Microsoft also brings to Windows Phone.

MJ’s tipster expects Blue to bring tweaks to the user experience, new dev-platform related bits, as well as new versions of Internet Explorer, Mail, Calendar, Bing and other integrated apps are likely to figure into the Blue picture.  In addition Blue will include some kernel and driver-level updates which could help with battery life and overall performance, while maintaining backward compatibility with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

Blue is expected to be due this summer/fall, around the same time we expect the yearly update to Windows Phone (which is of course usually followed by 3 months of waiting for OEMs to roll it out).

While Blue will be a minor update for Windows it will be a major update for Windows Phone, and minor updates like Portico will continue to roll out as usual throughout the year.

Is there anything in particular you want Microsoft to fix or add in the next major Windows Phone update? Let us know below.

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