Good news from Microsoft: the slightly fruity Windows Blue title we've been using to refer to Redmond's upcoming ecosystem-wide OS refresh will be dropped before the update is released into the world.
Microsoft corporate communications VP Frank Shaw has revealed in a blog post that the “Blue” label is just a tagline being used internally, and claims “the chances of products being named thusly are slim to none”.
First off, top marks for shoehorning the word “thusly” into the post. Nice.
As for the name the Blue update will go by, we still don't know. Will it simply be Windows 9/Windows Phone 9? Or something else?
Windows 8 users got a major peek at what Blue has in store for them when a build of the upgraded OS leaked online over the weekend, revealing features such as readjustible tiles, improved multitasking and Internet Explorer 11.
Given Microsoft's open intention to bring its PC/tablet and smartphone OSes closer together, we assume it'll be much the same deal when it comes to Windows Phone, but time will tell.