Acer: Microsoft Will “Come Back to Earth” with Windows Blue [WSJ]

The software giant is working on several major changes for the next Windows release

If you’re a Microsoft enthusiast, you have most likely heard about the company’s plans to release a new Windows version dubbed Blue that will probably hit the shelves sometime this summer.

With so many rumors swirling around these days on the new operating system, PC makers are becoming more optimistic on future sales, especially because Windows 8 has made almost no difference to the ever-collapsing PC industry.

Acer’s president Jim Wong, once an anti-Microsoft commenter, told the Wall Street Journal that Windows Blue would most likely help the Softies come back to Earth and finally make the operating system a bit more user-friendly.

Word is that Microsoft is looking to bring back the traditional Start button in Blue, but it’s not yet clear whether this particular option would launch the classic Start Menu or would serve as a Start Screen shortcut.

“When we were talking to Microsoft, our input to them is balance,” Wong was quoted as saying. “The world in the next five years is not going 100 percent to touch. Although touch makes a lot of possibilities for PCs, you need to take care of the rest of the world that doesn’t need touch.”

Windows Blue is also expected to spawn cheaper devices, as the hefty price has been considered a major setback for the current Windows 8 product range.

“In the past we consider they (Microsoft) live in heaven. But now they go down to earth and they start to learn how people living on earth think,” Wong continued.

Paradoxically, Acer’s executives had a change of heart lately, as both the chairman and the company’s president previously attacked Microsoft for Windows 8 and for its efforts in the hardware industry. Microsoft was trying to kill the ecosystem, they said a few months ago, claiming that the tech giant had tons of cash to promote its products and destroy competition.

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