Windows Blue has become one of the biggest talking point in the tech world this week, with most rumors pointing to a release date as early as this fall. We know it’s coming, so for now it’s just a case of when, in what form and quite frankly…why?
Well, as far as the latter of the three goes what we’re looking at is not a new OS as such, but rather an update that fixes most of the biggest bugs present in Windows 8. However, there’s also a fair amount of rumor and speculation that the launch of the OS could be timed so as to debut alongside the Microsoft Surface Mini – the 7-inch Surface Tablet that could potentially rescue the at-present disastrous hardware line.
Cheap Windows 8 tablets are hard to come by for one very simple reason – Microsoft charges lofty licensing fees for every Window product launched on any platform. As such, once a decent list of specs and features has been topped off with Windows 8 or Windows RT, what you’re looking at is something mid-range at best and therefore not exactly a wallet-friendly device.
However, were Microsoft to go about creating its own Surface Mini Tablet, such fees technically wouldn’t apply. As such, rumor has it that this is exactly what we can expect to launch later this year in the form of a Surface Mini running Windows Blue and retailing for no more than $249.
If on the money, this could add up to the biggest iPad Mini 2 rival on the face of the Earth.
The problem with both the Surface RT and the Surface Pro tablets is that in both respects Microsoft has missed the sweet-spot in terms of bang for buck. One delivers all the specs and features in the world for nearly a grand, while the other is somewhat handicapped in dozens of ways but still sells for $500. This is why the Surface RT and Surface Pro combined have to date only sold to the tune of about 1.5 million units – also why something like a Surface Mini running Windows Blue in needed big time.
It all makes perfect sense, but then again it’s really not like the bigwigs behind the brand names to take heed of what we’re crying out for before learning lessons the hard way. We can only hope that Microsoft has to some extent become wiser since the botched Surface RT and Surface Pro introductions and will not be looking to meet genuine demand, rather than assume what we might want and then try and convince us that we do.