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Windows Blue arriving in summer, to be called Windows 8.1

Windows Blue arriving in summer, to be called Windows 8.1

Windows Blue looks set to have more Live Tile management options.

The next update to Windows, long rumoured to be called Windows Blue, is actually to be called Windows 8.1, according to reports.

A screenshot of a new evaluation build of the operating system, which shows it labelled as Windows 8.1 Pro recently appeared on winforum.eu and was tweeted by, Roman L, along with the words "Well, maybe that's not an April Fools' joke". Roman L is a source trusted by ZDNet, leading the site to believe these screenshots and thus the name is believable.

The images show a build number 9375 which is higher than the previous most recently leaked images (build 9364), indicating it is the most up to date version of the software yet seen.

According to further sources in contact with ZDnet, the overall branding will arrive in August and simply fall under the Windows 8 umbrella, suggesting the update may even be free, much like Service Packs on previous versions of Windows. Microsoft hasn't confirmed or denied this, though.

A number of previous Windows Blue leaks have suggested that the update will include the addition of an application menu accessible by a swipe up from the bottom of the screen as well resizeable Live Tiles.

Also previously seen is a new Snap View mode that allows two programs to simultaneously run alongside each other in the same screen. This will offer the choice of a side-by-side view or to run four apps at the same time.

Microsoft aren't commenting on the leaked screenshots or other leak rumours beyond confirming that Windows Blue is a codename being used to refer to the company's next wave of products.

Are you looking forward to the arrival of the next update to Windows or has Windows 8 put you off upgrading for some time? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Noob? 2nd April 2013, 23:23 Quote
As long as it improves further on Windows 8 and is free, I'm all for it. :D
Madness_3d 2nd April 2013, 23:40 Quote
Last I heard they said it was going to be paid for, because they're moving to yearly releaaes like apple do. Big no from me, can't stand Win 8
fdbh96 2nd April 2013, 23:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by Madness_3d
Last I heard they said it was going to be paid for, because they're moving to yearly releaaes like apple do. Big no from me, can't stand Win 8

The thing about apples is that its £20 for basically every pc in a family. If microsoft did it they would probably charge £20 but for each computer.
Nexxo 2nd April 2013, 23:48 Quote
It's expected to be a free upgrade for Windows 8 users.
GoodBytes 2nd April 2013, 23:56 Quote
People already paid full price of Windows 8, either themselves or via OEM made computer. So the update will be free.

If Windows 8 was <100$ only, like normal price, than yes it would make sense to charge 20-30$ for early update.
SexyHyde 3rd April 2013, 00:43 Quote
Is it free to upgrade from Windows 7? or is it just a Windows 8 service pack ;)
TheManicGibbon 3rd April 2013, 00:55 Quote
It will be a free upgrade for existing Windows 8 users - if you're on Windows 7 you'll still have to buy Windows 8...

Windows Phone is also included in the faster updates Windows Blue programme.
ZERO <ibis> 3rd April 2013, 04:31 Quote
ReFS when?
Bindibadgi 3rd April 2013, 04:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by SexyHyde
Is it free to upgrade from Windows 7? or is it just a Windows 8 service pack ;)

Service pack with Metro updates.

Unless there's some core performance improvements, since I use Start8 to kill Metro entirely: Me = /care
fluxtatic 3rd April 2013, 07:41 Quote
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Also previously seen is a new Snap View mode that allows two programs to simultaneously run alongside each other in the same screen. This will offer the choice of a side-by-side view or to run four apps at the same time.

Awesome! Wait... *does the exact same thing in Win 7 right this very second*

Huh...whaddayaknow...
flibblesan 3rd April 2013, 09:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by fluxtatic
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Also previously seen is a new Snap View mode that allows two programs to simultaneously run alongside each other in the same screen. This will offer the choice of a side-by-side view or to run four apps at the same time.

Awesome! Wait... *does the exact same thing in Win 7 right this very second*

Huh...whaddayaknow...

Windows 8 allows you to run one full-screen Metro app and classic desktop side by side so 8.1 will build upon this by allowing you to run up to 4 full screen apps at the same time.. something Windows 7 cannot do.
liratheal 3rd April 2013, 10:22 Quote
So I guess they're committed to this metro thing then..

Damn and blast!
Blackshark 3rd April 2013, 10:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by ZERO <ibis>
ReFS when?

2-3 years, hopefully the former. Its working great for me with Server 12, however it is still missing a number of key features. MS are clear that it is being actively developed and it certainly seems to be the future core file system for MS products. Its a shame it isn't 2-3 years further on in development terms, it would have been a real selling point for both Server 12 and Windows 8.
Corky42 3rd April 2013, 11:18 Quote
Maybe im missing something about ReFS, but why would you want to use a file system that doesn't support named streams, object IDs, short names, compression, file-level encryption via EFS, user data transactions, hard links, extended attributes and quotas.
And to top it of you cant even boot from it so you would have to have a NTFS boot drive :?
http://www.bit-tech.net/news/bits/2012/01/17/microsoft-refs-file-system/
rollo 3rd April 2013, 13:24 Quote
windows 8 only cost me like £25 so im not sure what the costs above are getting at.

If MS wants to charge £20 for windows 8.1 that would be fine by me. Not sure what the big problem is with that.
aramil 3rd April 2013, 14:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by ZERO
ReFS when?

Not supporting Hard Links is a key reason why you wouldn’t use ReFS for a system disk; files in the system32 folder are really hard linked back into the WinSxS folder structure.

So unlikely to be included in none server versions atm.
ModSquid 3rd April 2013, 15:20 Quote
Four full-screen apps? So not full-screen then

And unless I'm missing something here, you can do this all the way back to Windows 0.1, you just manually resize them.

Assuming you need all four on-screen at once and have no use for your Alt-Tab fingers.
fdbh96 3rd April 2013, 16:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by ModSquid
Four full-screen apps? So not full-screen then

And unless I'm missing something here, you can do this all the way back to Windows 0.1, you just manually resize them.

Assuming you need all four on-screen at once and have no use for your Alt-Tab fingers.

I think its referred to as full screen because its 'responsive' and automatically resizes them, and in some cases completely changes the functionality. For example, when the desktop is snapped to a 1/3 position is basically just shows previews of running applications in the desktop.
schmidtbag 3rd April 2013, 17:04 Quote
I gave Windows 8 another shot yesterday. Last time I tried it was the beta version, and I'd have to say I'm impressed with how much it improved over the beta. Honestly, I don't think the Metro/Modern interface is that bad. The problem is the execution of it - it just feels like a really fancy program launcher with limiting options. Add the few things that 8.1 will have and I personally think Modern could easily replace the classic desktop. Having the Modern interface along with the classic desktop is un-intuitive and pointless in a functionality standpoint, but obviously with the way Win8 was designed, you need both.
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