Microsoft’s Woes Raise Stakes for Windows Blue

With hope fading that Microsoft Corp.’s new Windows 8 software will reignite computer sales, attention is already shifting to the company’s next big effort to regain relevance: Windows Blue.

Microsoft has yet to formally define the software project. But Windows Blue is expected to mark a major change in the company’s development methodology, replacing major launches of products every several years with frequent updates of features in operating software and applications such as Office.

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