Windows 8 still used less than Vista, slower adoption rate than Windows 7 http://www.pcworld.com/article/2032764/windows-8-slowly-gains-market-share-traction-analysis-shows.html "StatCounter’s figures shows that five months after its launch in October 2009, Windows 7 had 11.92 percent of the market, while Vista had 20.73 percent and the leader was XP with more than 51 percent of the market. Based on these statistics, it appears that in its first five months, Windows 7’s adoption rate was three times higher than Windows 8’s."
Pagestart's comments: Again no mention of the missing "Start" button. The lack of a simple little thing on the desktop has cost Microsoft a whole lotta $$$ in sales. Put the START button back in 8.1, give the user a choice of which mode (Start screen or Desktop) Windows boots to and make both your users and your CFO (Chief Financial Officer) happy, it not too late.
Paul Thurrott:http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/blue "Blue is a feature-pack/service pack. While Microsoft has formally ended development of service packs for most currently-supported platforms, it’s helpful to think of Blue as a combination feature pack (an update that adds new features) and service pack (and update that fixes bugs). Why? Because that’s exactly what it is. In the past, Windows service packs were released by Windows Sustained Engineering, while the group that created the original OS moved on to the next major release. This is true of Blue as well, Mary Jo reports: WSE is creating Windows Blue, just as they had created releases like Windows 7 Service Pack 1 in the past."
Pagestart: Since I worked in a healthcare system's clinical IT group, a code blue meant: A message announced over a hospital’s public address system, indicating that a cardiac arrest or respiratory arrest requiring CPR is in progress; to be ‘coded’ is to undergo CPR.
There seems to be a common consensus that the days of “Service Packs” are done, gone and buried. Well if Blue is to be a “Feature Pack”, just what delivery method are they going to use, Windows Update, Add Features or purchase it and install via an Electronic download and or an update DVD.
Not mentioned is the issue of device drivers. Windows XP users will remember that there were 3 service packs and at least one of the three included device driver updates. I doubt very much that Intel is going to hold back chipset development just to insure that each new chipset and CPU release is device driver compatible with an outdated version of Windows 8.