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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 just4U on 4/24/2013 12:24:09 PM , Rating: 2
I only spent a few days with win8. I'd have to re-install it to refresh all the things I disliked about it. Off the top of my head, The security feature account was puzzling and hard to set up (especially if it's not going to be your computer) Setting up ISP email accounts was harsh and should have been easy. The fade out on the right to access your menus and power user features is irritating, as is not seeing what you all have open..

Jumping to the desktop is disappointing in almost every regard since it's mostly useless (except maybe for browsing the internet if you don't like the built metro look)Installing 3rd party cheesy "bring back the start menu" programs is at best so so.. I'd prefer that to be a Microsoft implementation. Finally, many of the commands that have moved forward with windows simply don't work as they once did which was MS's saving grace. The ability to do everything a 100 different ways since users all have different approaches for getting at what they want to do.

The OS is tailored around tablets and phones but sort of expects the desktop user to re-learn everything. That's not a great approach by Microsoft when you consider the millions upon millions of desktop users out there. The learning curve should have been reversed. Or at the very least they should have made sure that desktop users had some bones thrown their way for points of reference.

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