Rumors Show new NT Kernel for Windows Blue

There have been some rumors and screen shots for the upcoming release of Windows Blue (supposedly the newer version of Windows will not be Windows 9) that show a new kernel, using 6.3, which is ahead of Windows 7’s 6.1 and Windows 8 6.2. If this is true, then it will bring more improvements than previously thought. Some were saying the Windows Blue was more of a Service Pack than a real release.

The screenshots do not show what type of features Windows Blue will include, but the NT kernel change is notable. Windows Vista adopted NT kernel 6.0, while Windows 7 jumped to 6.1, and Windows 8 to 6.2. A switch to 6.3 with Windows Blue suggests this is a major revision to Windows, but one that will be delivered much sooner than a traditional Windows cycle. Sources tell us there is no "Windows 9" project inside Microsoft at the moment, and that Blue is the next major update to Windows.

Dustin is the Head Editor of MSTechPages and has been awarded the 2011 Microsoft Community Contributor award. He is in the process of finishing up a book about Windows 7 Tips and Tweaks. Also, a free ebook for Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts is available on this site, with more printable "cheat sheets" coming soon. You can also find him in the Microsoft Community forums (also as a Community Moderator), Tech Support Guy forums, HardForum, and The Windows Club forums, among several others.
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