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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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RE: I'm excited for it.
By crimson117 on 4/3/2013 1:59:39 PM , Rating: 3
I bought Windows 8 Pro during their $40 sale. Been using it, but I installed Star Dock Start8, and I almost never use the Start Screen. So I am curious to see if Windows 8.1 can make that experience work well enough I give up the start button.
I really wanted that start screen to work, but I felt like I had too little control over its contents, and at the same time too little knowledge of how to use it (or even access it).

RE: I'm excited for it.
By Ramstark on 4/3/2013 3:09:14 PM , Rating: 2
That's the single, most honest comment about the new "Start Screen" in Windows 8 I have ever read in DT.

Thank you for not being a tool and just yell that you don't know how MS got rid of "ye 'ol start menu"

I'm looking forward to even more customization options in Windows 8.1 for the whole OS. It's going to be a much better experience.

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