Windows 8 was released on October 26. That wasn’t long ago, but Microsoft is already reportedly starting development on its next operating system. According to rumors, that new operating system is called Code Blue,

Rumors of Windows Blue’s existence first appeared back in August 2012 – well before Windows 8 was released. According to those rumors, Windows Blue would be a subscription-based OS that featured regular updates – much like Google’s Android operating system and Apple’s OS.

Now, notorious rumor site The Verge has confirmed that “Microsoft is busy preparing its next-generation Widows client.” The Verge claims that the new OS would be released in the middle of 2013 and that annual OS updates would soon be the norm for Microsoft.

Microsoft has already started down the path towards dramatic change with Windows 8. But since Microsoft has already invested so many billions of dollars into Windows 8, why would it try confusing users with another OS upgrade so soon? Unless the subscription-based OS will be available as a free add-on for Windows 8, it doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense.

Windows 9 versus Windows 8.1 versus Windows Blue

Hopefully, Microsoft doesn’t plan on using the Windows Blue codename as its final name for the new subscription-based operating system. Because that sounds kind of dumb. So far, the tech community has no idea what to call this new operating system.

Will it be called Windows 9? Windows 8.1? Or something else entirely? We’ll just have to wait to find out.

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