It's a new world at Microsoft these days. The latest proof points: Company officials are talking about both the next wave of Windows releases (Blue) and the next Windows developer conference (Build 2013) in a timely manner.
That seems like perfect timing if rumors about Windows Blue and its timing have been on the money (which they have, so far). Windows Blue could be ready for a preview build of some sort right around late June. Word is there would be two Blue milestone builds, followed by a public preview and then release to manufacturing around August 2013.
There've been a lot of leaks about Blue -- including this past weekend's leak of a recent internal Windows Blue build that shows off some of the user interface changes coming to the next version of Windows. It's also known that other "Blue" wave products are in the pipeline, including Windows Phone Blue, several Windows Server Blue variants, and Blue versions of Windows apps and services like Skydrive and Outlook.com.
Shaw's post reiterates a lot of what I've been trying to make clear in my posts about Blue, namely, that Blue is about more than a set of interrelated products that are timed to ship within a specific window (pun intended) of time. Blue is also significant because it signifies a move by Microsoft officials to turn Redmond into a devices and services company that is delivering updates in a more timely fashion.