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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: If only...
By ppardee on 4/3/2013 2:14:12 PM , Rating: 2
It's a good way of organizing what you need. The average computer user might just use a handful of applications, but a lot of us more technical people really like having access to our frequently used programs, all utilities and everything else on the computer, organized in a hierarchy.

For me, being able to do a Windows key + "calc" to pull up the calculator is huge. I don't want to have to drag through a list of gigantic icons to find the program I want. For the most part, I can pull up anything I want with 5 quick key strokes and it takes only a second. Killing the start menu removes this ability.


RE: If only...
By Flunk on 4/3/2013 2:35:21 PM , Rating: 1
That example also works in windows 8.

Win Key, type calc, push enter = calculator.

Are you sure you've even used Windows 8?


RE: If only...
By txDrum on 4/3/2013 2:45:18 PM , Rating: 2
You realize programs still launch in exactly the same way as they did in Windows 7? Your huge scenario still functions perfectly in W8.

W8 isn't some revolutionary change like 7 was over Vista. It's revolutionary in design, but not in functionality (for better or worse). If you have Windows 7, there isn't a huge need to upgrade. But there really isn't much of a need to go Windows 7 over Windows 8, if you spend enough time on it. The functionality is same if not -slightly- better, the scheduler is better, and the task manager is way better.


RE: If only...
By Luticus on 4/3/2013 2:56:38 PM , Rating: 2
One of the things I particularly love regarding the new start screen is in a multi monitor scenario the start screen can be moved from monitor to monitor so any screen can be used to launch any program. This is huge because sometimes I don't have my primary screen on and don't want to have to turn it on just to launch one program. Unlike the windows 7 start menu which is essentially glued to the primary monitor. I'm also a huge fan of the multi monitor taskbar in windows 8. So I would say that while there are pro's and con's for the new start screen, there are defiantly some use cases where the new system has a clear advantage.


RE: If only...
By kleinma on 4/3/2013 4:55:32 PM , Rating: 2
I hear this is going to be expanded further in 8.1 to allow metro apps and desktop apps to all be running side by side. As it is now, if you are in a metro app and click on the desktop on your other monitor, it brings up the desktop on both and minimizes metro. It is my understanding that won't be the case in 8.1


RE: If only...
By inighthawki on 4/3/2013 9:02:10 PM , Rating: 2
That is only true for the start screen, which will not stay open. Metro apps can co-exist just fine alongside the desktop in 8. (Not that it works that well anyway, tbh)


RE: If only...
By Makaveli on 4/4/2013 10:42:39 AM , Rating: 2
Ultramon fixed this on windows 7 you can have a start screen on both. This program + win7 > anything in windows 8 with multiple screens.


RE: If only...
By Luticus on 4/4/2013 4:09:04 PM , Rating: 2
Well as neat as that is, and I'm sure it is, I'm not using windows 7 anymore. On win 8 it's not that the "start menu" is on both, but that the start screen can be moved from monitor to monitor freely. IE: What happens when a user presses the "win" key with this program + win 7? In windows 8 the start screen appears on the monitor it's currently attached to and not on both.


RE: If only...
By theapparition on 4/3/2013 3:57:25 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
W8 isn't some revolutionary change like 7 was over Vista.

Hate to burst your bubble, but Win Vista to 7 was a very minor change. In fact, the most minor change MS ever did to an OS since Win89->Win98SE.

WinXP to Vista was a complete rewrite, which is also why Vista gets maligned for bad 3rd party drivers that either weren't available or didn't work. But all Win7 did was tweak the things consumers didn't particularly like with Vista.

I suspect Win8.1 will be similar.


RE: If only...
By Manch on 4/4/2013 1:46:44 AM , Rating: 2
also look at the build number between Vista & 7. I think if the Vista name hadn't gotten such a bad rap, 7 may have just been vista SP2


RE: If only...
By just4U on 4/24/2013 11:57:00 AM , Rating: 2
agreed


RE: If only...
By inighthawki on 4/3/2013 3:43:40 PM , Rating: 2
It's amazing how many people still think that this is the case. I don't even know how many times I've seen people prove others like you wrong, and yet there's always another person who proves to the world that they've never even used Windows 8 but complaining about how it's missing features that it actually has. Good job, you must feel proud.

Try installing Windows 8, then hit start and type "calc". I bet you will be shocked at the result. (Hint, it works)


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