Windows Blue leaks online, latest update for Windows 8

Written by Russell Co. Posted in News, Software and Apps

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Published on March 25, 2013 with No Comments

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Microsoft seems to be prone to leaks, as an early build of Windows Blue, the upcoming version of Windows has been leaked online at Winforum. Build 9364, a partner version that was originally released on March 15th has made its rounds on several file sharing sites and includes some of the changes Microsoft will be putting into its Windows 8 update. The leaked screenshots show off more personalization options such as smaller Live tile arrangements, more colors, and a larger desktop.

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Microsoft has added more functionality to screen through Snap Views, supporting up to 4 snapped apps, instead of the 50/50 view in desktop snapping. A few of its Windows 8-style apps have been adapted to the new feature, including alarm, sound recorder, movie moments, and calculator, though developers should be able to update their own apps to support Snap View functionality.

The new update also includes a number of new options in the Windows 8 settings screen, adding most of the necessary settings so that tablet users don’t have to revert to the desktop Control Panel to change things. There are SkyDrive options, default app settings, and more. Internet Explorer 11 is also included in Windows Blue apparently. A few new gestures have been integrated into the new update as well; for example on the Start Screen, a swipe up from the bottom brings up a list of all apps. Windows Blue is said to be available for public viewing in the coming months and getting a full release later this year.