Microsoft seems to be working on a new low-cost operating system that can be upgradeable annually. According to The Verge, Microsoft is developing a Windows software that will work across Windows and Windows Phone devices. Sources say that the new OS is code-named “Windows Blue” and that the update will include several changes on Microsoft’s current UI for its Windows OS. Microsoft will also reportedly offer annual software updates for the so-called Windows Blue.

Sources added that Windows Blue will be released next year at a low cost or possibly even free. Citing sources, The Verge writes, “Once Windows Blue is released, the Windows SDK will be updated to support the new release and Microsoft will stop accepting apps that are built specifically for Windows 8, pushing developers to create apps for Blue. Windows 8 apps will continue to run on Blue despite the planned SDK changes.” Microsoft denied to comment on the report, which makes it even more interesting. The Redmond-based Internet/ technology giant seems to be borrowing from Apple’s playbook here, given, of course, that the rumor is true.

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