After digging up a Microsoft job ad for Windows Blue and Windows Phone Blue from the Fresh Paint team recently, I’ve now stumbled upon the next best thing to having the actual app in-hand: a live demo from an internal, confidential meeting held at Microsoft in early March during the week of TechFest 2013.
Though Fresh Paint for Windows Blue still looks like Fresh Paint for Windows 8, there is one significant feature being demonstrated in the video: watercolor.
Specifically, the addition of the new watercolor media is being realized a couple of ways, as demonstrated in the video:
- The interaction of watercolor with other medias (oil, pencil, etc.), wet or dry.
- The ability to import an image from anywhere, then transpose it to a watercolor painting you can interact with.
In the video below, the individual demonstrating the app specifically says “Blue” a handful of times, thus completely confirming Windows Blue (as if there were any doubts left at this point, but stranger things have happened) and establishing that what’s being demonstrated is only part of what the final version of Fresh Paint for Windows Blue will contain. Unclear, however, is if this demonstration is being given on a Windows Blue build or not.
Watch the full clip to catch all the references to Blue, but the demo doesn’t kick up at around 5 minutes in:
With that covered, here are a few more references I found of Windows Blue — two by Microsoft employees, and one by a gentleman working for Intel:
Slowly but surely, Windows Blue is beginning to take shape through all of these otherwise hidden references. Whether or not Blue will be drastically different from Windows 8 is yet to be told, but at the very least, I imagine it will make for a polished product utilizing stellar hardware that may just manage to influence a purchase from those who currently feel Windows 8 is lackluster.
Either way, I’ll be keeping my nose to the digital grindstone and fleshing out whatever I can until Microsoft officially spills the beans!
Note to Microsoft: As with most things I post on this site, I discovered the Windows Blue/Fresh Paint video residing in the public domain. Bring me in to speak sometime, why don’t you? =)