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Sounds like Microsoft won't be evoking any fond memory of blue screens of death

News continues to trickle out about the upcoming version of Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) Windows operating system.  Set to land later this year, builds of the new OS, code-named "Blue" have trickled out to select partners -- which in turn has led to leaks.

The latest news to emerge comes courtesy of Roman L. (handle:AngleWZR), a developer who has been analyzing the leaked builds.  He notes on his Twitter that the latest leaked build -- build 9375 -- has a text string in the lower right-hand corner labeling it "Windows 8.1".
Windows Blue 8.1

Paul Thurrott, a top Windows writer/blogger, affirmed this designation stating that "Windows 8.1" will indeed be the launch name for the new OS.  He posts to Twitter:
One other minor piece of Windows 8.1/Blue related news courtesy of Mr. Thurrott's WinSuperSite : apparently Microsoft has tweaked the Search Charm in its latest builds.  Where Windows 8 made you pick between "Apps, Settings, or Files" , the new search does away with that, allowing you to start typing immediately.  Instead of pre-selecting the category, it simply clumps the results by category.

Windows Blue Search
[Image Source: WinSuperSite]

ZDNet Windows blogger Mary Jo Foley says that Windows 8.1 should hit RTM in August.  A beta is rumored to be slotted for Microsoft's June BUILD conference.

Sources: Twitter [AngelWZR], [Thurrott], WinSuperSite, ZDNet

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Fixed Search Groupings?
By Flunk on 4/3/2013 1:56:41 PM , Rating: 2
Fixing the search groupings to make it less annoying to find control panel settings is my #1 want for Windows 8. I'm so happy Microsoft is adding in this feature.

Not only that 8.1 is such an incremental update that they're going to have to give it to us for free.

RE: Fixed Search Groupings?
By lagomorpha on 4/3/2013 2:06:57 PM , Rating: 2
So is 8.1 going to basically be "Windows 8 Service Pack 1" and a free update or are they actually selling this as a brand new OS? Please tell me they aren't immitating Apple and charging for updates.

RE: Fixed Search Groupings?
By Argon18 on 4/3/13, Rating: -1
RE: Fixed Search Groupings?
By Luticus on 4/3/2013 2:51:53 PM , Rating: 5
Wow, did you seriously just say Apple's minor updates are free and then yell about Microsoft for charging for new versions? You do realize every major version of osx has been paid right? Also LESS changed from osx 10.7 to osx 10.8 than ANY windows increment. The windows XP service packes, especially 2 and 3 were HUGE and completely free. Those services packs alone added more features and security fixes than ANY of the osx paid updates in the last 10 years. Not to mention that once Apple is on their new OS everything before then is old news and basically doesn't exist to them anymore. Microsoft on the other hand STILL releases critical security updates for XP (ending in 2014), Vista, and 7.

So yea... I don't think you much know what you're talking about.

As for 8.1 I'm betting that it's something like a service pack and will be free to upgrade to through windows update.

RE: Fixed Search Groupings?
By Argon18 on 4/3/13, Rating: -1
RE: Fixed Search Groupings?
By Digimonkey on 4/3/2013 4:57:50 PM , Rating: 4
Are you under the impression that point releases are major updates, or are you trying to argue the fact that Apple won't charge you for them? I'm confused.

RE: Fixed Search Groupings?
By Luticus on 4/4/2013 4:14:03 PM , Rating: 2
I think he's confused. Why is it that anytime someone argues against a point they are automatically a "fanboy" or a "microsoftie" whatever the hell that is? For the record, I'm a universalist. A computer is a computer to me, the operating system is irrelevant. I can and do use pretty much all of them in both my day to day life and professionally. My preferred desktop is actually KDE (after my heavy modifications are made).

RE: Fixed Search Groupings?
By Newspapercrane on 4/3/2013 2:53:57 PM , Rating: 4
Snow Leopard...
Mountain Lion...
All OSX...
All cost money to upgrade to.

RE: Fixed Search Groupings?
By BRB29 on 4/3/2013 2:56:41 PM , Rating: 5
but they put a cool name on it so it's premium!

RE: Fixed Search Groupings?
By Belard on 4/3/13, Rating: -1
RE: Fixed Search Groupings?
By andrewaggb on 4/3/2013 4:34:52 PM , Rating: 2
not entirely true, windows live was upgraded continually and ms security essentials, and that was all free as well. Too bad most of windows live sucks

RE: Fixed Search Groupings?
By lagomorpha on 4/4/2013 7:27:10 AM , Rating: 5
Only in Apple world are visual updates considered more important and significant than security patches.

RE: Fixed Search Groupings?
By johnsmith9875 on 4/8/2013 2:25:36 PM , Rating: 2
Apple security patches are free.

RE: Fixed Search Groupings?
By datdamonfoo on 4/3/2013 2:09:38 PM , Rating: 2
Uh, how hard is it for you to find control panel settings?

It's the exact same on Windows 7.

Win key + "con" + enter

RE: Fixed Search Groupings?
By Flunk on 4/3/2013 2:37:21 PM , Rating: 2
No, it's not. If I type in win key then "system" I don't get anything. I need to click a "settings" button. Con doesn't bring me to the applet I want, only to another screen I need to then search a second time. The change they're making in 8.1 fixes this.

READ the comment being typing.

RE: Fixed Search Groupings?
By ipay on 4/3/2013 3:32:42 PM , Rating: 2
Nope! If you have something else installed with
"control" in it like... I dunno... Catalyst Control Center since you have an AMD based GPU, then that app is defaulted. "Ca" is alphabetically before "co".

RE: Fixed Search Groupings?
By Luticus on 4/3/2013 3:49:30 PM , Rating: 2
The easiest way I know to get to the control panel is to go to the desktop and do win + i (settings charm) then click control panel on the right.

RE: Fixed Search Groupings?
By Digimonkey on 4/4/2013 1:01:11 PM , Rating: 2
You can also right click on the bottom left of either the desktop, or modern UI and click Control Panel. I use that method to open a lot of system tools.

RE: Fixed Search Groupings?
By andrewaggb on 4/3/2013 4:31:50 PM , Rating: 2
I agree the unified search will be nice, the old way annoyed me. windows+w works but it wasn't as straight forward.

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