Video shows off early build of Windows Blue update for Windows 8 and RT

Video shows off early build of Windows Blue update for Windows 8 and RT
A video has leaked out an early build of the so-called Windows Blue update for Windows 8 and RT. The build number of the OS being displayed on the video is 9364 and the final version will end up installed on both the Microsoft Surface RT and the Microsoft Surface Pro. Based on the video, the update will apparently bring Internet Explorer 11 with synced tabs, the ability to customize your device with choices of accent colors, and an improved settings page with a search and recently used/most used settings. The update puts SkyDrive on the PC Settings page and the ability to upload pictures and videos to SkyDrive will be based on the quality of the content.

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

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30 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Internet Explorer 11? COOL!

5. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

IE never cool, Chrome FTW.

6. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

nothing wrong with IE or Chrome. To each his own.

13. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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....

16. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

FireFox and Chrome FTW

21. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

TROLL i'm getting worried about the disapearance of the Trademark and Copyright symbols, you are nothing without them!

23. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

Thanks, phew! Was scared there!

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: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 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 unregistered

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.

2. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

start button and aero glass please

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 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: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 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: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Start Screen has replaced the Start Button. Sorry, it's time to get with the program.

26. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 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: Mar 30, 2012

so the desktop people with no touchscreen wont get this update?

9. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 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: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 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: Mar 19, 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.

17. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

I agree with you! Me to!

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: Mar 09, 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: Mar 15, 2013

Hope To see this blue as an update in windows update...

28. krimHD

Posts: 106; Member since: May 23, 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 unregistered

IE > Opera > Firefox > Chrome :) Before you even argue, try Opera first; you'll know what I mean.

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