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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: 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.


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