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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 nikon133 on 4/3/2013 4:46:28 PM , Rating: 2
I cannot say if it is faster and how much, because I installed 8 on my new PC (which is naturally faster than previous one running under W7).

However, it does start so much faster I don't even bother putting it to sleep any more. I like that. I also like grouping of all admin tools under one right-click menu.

Re START screen, I personally like it. While I still use Outlook as my major email/calendar/... application, I also have Modern mail/calendar/... apps configured, so I know if I have new emails or incoming calendar entries without opening Outlook. I also like People Modern app functionality integration with Live, FB and Skype, as I use all of them to chat with friends over the world. Living in NZ, I'm usually too different time zone to voicechat with most of them frequently, but we leave messages daily. Instead of logging to each social site/app, I have them all in one place, and it updates automatically.

I don't have a problem to right-click on START screen and get ALL APPS, I don't see it as much different from ALL PROGRAMS in W7. In fact I'm finding this whole screen menu less claustrophobic than scrolling through W7 complete menu.

I also like grouping on START screen. For me, it is much more functional than pinned/last opened apps in W7 Start.

End of the day, all is down to personal preference. I understand your arguments, it is just that they don't impact me the way they seem to be impacting you, and I do see value in some of the new elements that obviously are not of any importance to you.

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