Video shows off early build of Windows Blue update for Windows 8 and RT
The early version of WindowsBlue in the video reveals two new apps, calculator and Movie Moments. And multitasking is improved with side by side snapping of apps. A version of the update is expected for Windows Phone handsets and one rumor has the update optimizing the OS for use on tablets with smaller 7 inch and 8 inch screens.
source: Windowsmania.pl (translated), MicrosofdtNews via WMPoweruser
6. speckledapple (Posts: 879; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
nothing wrong with IE or Chrome. To each his own.
13. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Yup I agree, I can't believe he compare IE and Chrome each other, I think he's gonna say "Firefox FTW" next time....
21. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)
TROLL i'm getting worried about the disapearance of the Trademark and Copyright symbols, you are nothing without them!
15. papss (unregistered)
Chrome is fast but completely awkward with its strange button layout.. I prefer foxfire myself but don't hate IE
11. aco96 (Posts: 204; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)
IE 10 is awesome. Can't wait for the new version. :)
27. p5yb0rg (unregistered)
I've had many performance issues and crashes opening basic sites with Chrome and Firefox browsers. IE has been the most consistent and reliable in every aspect. I welcome IE 11 with open arms :)
29. Dastrix (Posts: 599; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
I know what you mean. I also had bad experiences with Chrome and Firefox. I was using Opera, which I think is really good, but I just wanted to try Chrome because it's supposed to be the "fastest" browser. Worst decision of my life; uninstalled it immediately, and I never looked back. However, I updated to IE 10 and I have to say I'm back with IE again because it's actually much more stable, fluid, and fast than Opera. So basically, IE > Opera > FIrefox > Chrome, I tried them all, and that's the truth.
3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5866; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
No start button for you. You will be limited to using tiles going forward. Tiles are the new UI paradigm. Changing times and what-not.
4. yowanvista (Posts: 306; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
Yes, because tiles and touchscreen interface totally make sense with a traditional PC with 26" screen. It's not the new thing here, msft is trying to force this on everyone and naturally people hate it.
7. speckledapple (Posts: 879; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
No problem with it over here. Never did like the decidedly static start button in the touch orientated world we live in today. Glad they finally moved past that.
25. Jyakotu (Posts: 822; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
Start Screen has replaced the Start Button. Sorry, it's time to get with the program.
26. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
I dont see a problem with start button - it's an inefficient way to use a computer if u used it too often as a habit of yours. You have to go through many clicks to open something.
I dont even have My Computer on my desktop, opening it = hold windows key + E on your keyboard, for example.
Shutdowns = ALT F4, Sleep = just close my lid, and Hibernate = just hit the power button. Programs i use frequently are all on the desktop, of course.
8. Madarres (Posts: 12; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
so the desktop people with no touchscreen wont get this update?
9. kozza3 (Posts: 574; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
one thing i really want to see from windows is a movement towards gesture based navigation, buttons are so out of date
10. Penny (Posts: 1193; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
Blue is looking like more of a service pack with usability improvements than a new OS. I was kinda looking forward to the next gen of Windows, but I guess it's a little too soon for that.
12. ItsMyChoice (Posts: 37; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)
Following new features are spotted in the leaked build,
Internet Explorer 11 with synced tabs
New personalization features such as choosing from various accent colors
Ability to move group of Live Tiles together
Improved PC Settings Page with search and recently/most used settings
SkyDrive is now part of PC Settings page where you can manage device backup, etc,.
Ability to automatically upload Pictures and videos to SkyDrive based on quality.
New apps – Movie Moments, Calculator, Alarm and Voice Recorder
Improved Multitasking – New side-by-side snapping of upto 3 apps
New Live Tile sizes – Small, Large, etc,.
Ability to share your Start screen screenshot through share charm.
14. Hemlocke (unregistered)
Mobile IE 10 is one of my biggest complaints about Windows Phone 8, especially with no viable alternatives. I have no experience with the Blackberry browser, but mobile IE 10 lags FAR behind browser options on iOS and Android. I know I am not alone. I like a lot of things about WP8, but the browser is almost a deal breaker. If IE 11 is more of the same, I won't even bother trying WP8.5/9
As for IE 10 on desktops and laptops, the bulk of its functionality lies in surfing somewhere to download a good browser.
18. papss (unregistered)
You like a lot about WP8 too? Sure cant tell bro. I personally like ie10 better than chrome solely based on the awkward layout. Still prefer foxfire to all
19. Hemlocke (unregistered)
I'm not a big fan of Chrome, either, but I do like a lot about WP8. I don't even use Chrome on Android because it sucks so bad.
I was extremely disappointed that there was no Pulse app on the WP Marketplace, but I signed into the HTML5 site and set a Live Tile on my Start screen and was happy with that. When I had my last 920, I hated not having Pandora, but they have since addressed that. The only complaints I have left are the size of the 920 (Too big and thick for a 4.5" screened device), the browser situation, and some minor apps missing that I use most days.
20. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)
I hope all this extra customisation also comes to the next Windows Phone (WP 8 too), because customisation really lacks in Windows Phone.
24. jeevan28111992 (Posts: 23; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
Hope To see this blue as an update in windows update...
28. krimHD (Posts: 106; Member since: 23 May 2012)
great, am positive once it supports 7" tablet... we'll see a tablet from nokia and that would be a killer. :D
30. Dastrix (Posts: 599; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
IE > Opera > Firefox > Chrome :)
Before you even argue, try Opera first; you'll know what I mean.