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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 LRonaldHubbs on 4/4/2013 11:48:30 AM , Rating: 1
If Microsoft REALLY wanted people to start adopting Windows 8 they would give back the classic Start Menu and give a choice as to which start menu you want; "Classic" for the old Start Menu, and "Touch" for the new Windows 8 UI ("Having your cake and eating it). That would potentially neuter the "Metro-App" experience, but I'm sure they could find a way to "Launch" the new (or old, for that matter) Start Menu on demand.

Why would they put effort into that when:
1) the new UI works fine and people who are not PC savvy (most of the market) love it
2) anyone who cares can easily do this themselves in about 2 minutes

I personally know several people who have bought new Windows 8 computers. My advice to all of them was to give it a try, and if they didn't like it I'd help them install a 3rd party start menu tool. All of them love Metro.

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