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Windows Blue Build Leaked, Produces Screens, Joy

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Here's a good look at what's coming up for Windows 8 Pro.

A build of the next Windows 8 update, aka "Windows Blue", has managed to find its way online, version 6.3.9364 in fact, and provides some surprises that current users will find when the incremental update supposedly launches later this year. One of these is the removal of the File Recovery option that was introduced in Windows 7.

According to gHacks.net, this new update doesn't provide a file recovery option, but rather forces users to use the refresh menu instead. Unfortunately, this doesn't return the platform to a previous saved state, but instead performs a clear installation while retaining installed apps and personal information.

Current users of Windows 8 still have access to the File Recovery option, but it takes a little digging to find it. It's located in the Control Panel under "All Control Panel Items" and allows users to back up their data to an external drive. This supposedly isn't in the next release at all.

Another "hands-on" report claims that Microsoft has pushed most of the PC settings controls from the desktop to the new Modern UI overlay. These include settings for SkyDrive, Network, Apps, Accounts, Update and Recovery, Time & Language, and others. "If you were looking for any further proof of the desktop being eased out going forward, look no further than this," said Paul Thurrott.

The leaked update also reveals a handful of new apps including Alarms, Calculator, Movie Moments and Sound Recorder. There's also a new updated Snap mode that allows users to open two apps side by side, each one consuming half the screen – currently only one takes up 75-percent of the screen. Snap may even accommodate up to four at a time.

Also seen in this build is the ability to manipulate the size and arrangement of tiles, and to name Start Screen groups without going into semantic zoom mode. The update even provides the ability to customize the desktop's background and color schemes directly from the blocky Modern UI.

"[Windows Blue is] exactly what you should have expected, a spit polish update to what’s already available in Windows 8, not a mulligan re-do," Thurrott adds. What hasn't changed, he points out, is the setup procedure although the theme color picker has been altered just slightly. The desktop also looks the same, he said, with "ominous pre-release warnings."

The leaked "Windows Blue" build reveals that Internet Explorer 11 is in the works, version 11.0.9364.0 in this release, seemingly right after Microsoft released a version Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 users. To see a full gallery of screens taken from the Windows Blue leak -- including a hint of Internet Explorer 11 -- head here.

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    internetlad , March 28, 2013 11:26 AM
    Joy? I figured it would be a screenshot of a start button.

    Honestly I don't care much, but everybody else seems to shit in their pants over the idea of not having a start button.
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    jhansonxi , March 28, 2013 11:20 AM
    mapesdhsI'd be intrigued to know just what proportion of Win7 users on desktops are determined to stickwith Win7.
    I wonder if M$ tracks statistics during Win8 updates of how many users have third-party Start Menu replacements installed.
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    signothorn , March 28, 2013 11:05 AM
    *snores*
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  • 18 Hide
    signothorn , March 28, 2013 11:05 AM
    *snores*
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    mapesdhs , March 28, 2013 11:07 AM

    I'd be intrigued to know just what proportion of Win7 users on desktops are determined to stick
    with Win7. Easy for enthusiasts on a site like toms to espouse the virtues of Win7 and be quite
    vocal about leaving Win8 alone, but how typical is that more widely? Kevin, does anyone know?
    I'm certainly sticking with Win7; I use a desktop with a 24" IPS, not an iScreen, etc. :) 

    It's a pity MS didn't split Win7 into 2 different branches, one for desktops, the other for mobile,
    netbook, tablet, etc. That would have garnered a lot more support IMO, and it would mean extras
    for desktops could be built upon in the future (such as support for very large resolutions & displays)
    instead of being excluded completely because such concepts aren't relevant on portable devices.
    Oh well, maybe MS will change tack in the future, but looks like for the moment they're sticking
    with the move away from the desktop.

    Ian.

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    jhansonxi , March 28, 2013 11:20 AM
    mapesdhsI'd be intrigued to know just what proportion of Win7 users on desktops are determined to stickwith Win7.
    I wonder if M$ tracks statistics during Win8 updates of how many users have third-party Start Menu replacements installed.
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    internetlad , March 28, 2013 11:26 AM
    Joy? I figured it would be a screenshot of a start button.

    Honestly I don't care much, but everybody else seems to shit in their pants over the idea of not having a start button.
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    SuckRaven , March 28, 2013 11:35 AM
    This must be an effort on the part of MS to "reduce" viruses and malware even more, by dumbing down the interface so much to appeal to the kiddy (read..."monkey") touch crowd, and hiding any semblance of any useful menu items so far out of sight, as to maintain a real nice artificial veneer, of glossy crap tiles, while hiding any of the real functionality that a desktop OS is supposed to have miles beneath the surface.

    At first it was just annoying having to see where certain control panel and other settings were hidden, but now they've gone one step further, and are actually quietly starting to remove functionality. No thanks MS. I'll stick with XP and 7 on my computers. (Heaven help us all when the day comes that MS stops supporting Windows 7). Hopefully by then there will be another company instead of MS, with more than 1/2 a brain.
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    chugot9218 , March 28, 2013 11:41 AM
    internetladJoy? I figured it would be a screenshot of a start button.Honestly I don't care much, but everybody else seems to shit in their pants over the idea of not having a start button.


    LoL I was thinking the same thing, I fail to see the "Joy" here myself.
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    Murissokah , March 28, 2013 11:54 AM
    Article title should read: "Windows blue screen leaked, no recovery"
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    TEAMSWITCHER , March 28, 2013 12:03 PM
    Ugh. Who cares. Windows 8 is for Microsoft touch devices, and there are no Microsoft touch devices worth buying. For everyone who can read between the lines in a product review - this isn't news.
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    Wamphryi , March 28, 2013 12:29 PM
    TEAMSWITCHERUgh. Who cares. Windows 8 is for Microsoft touch devices, and there are no Microsoft touch devices worth buying. For everyone who can read between the lines in a product review - this isn't news.


    I have used Win 8 on an ultra book and it was very good. I use Win 8 on my main PC as well though I have left my other Rigs on Win 7 and that has worked out fine also. I prefer Win 8 over Android and wish I could run it on my S3. My phone decided it wanted an update the other day so I ran it and ever since then I have a whole lot of crapware manifesting on my phone. Now when I use my video / pic viewer some app I never wanted wants to load up and tell me about the weather depending on my GPS location. Very annoying. I would dump this latest android setup for Win 8 in a heartbeat.
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    SkegDev , March 28, 2013 12:33 PM
    @SuckRaven - how hard is it to get to control panel and other necessary places in Win8? Take your mouse cursor to where the start menu was (bottom left corner), right click on your mouse and then choose control panel from the list. Is that so hard?

    Everything in Win8 is comparable or easier/quicker than in Win7 so the only reason to really hate it like lots on here seem to do is due to not learning some really really simple basics of using the OS. If in doubt try the corners.

    It is not the fault of the OS if you cannot find the corners of your screen.
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    twelch82 , March 28, 2013 12:49 PM
    Another OS I'm not buying. Good luck with that MS.
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    mafisometal , March 28, 2013 12:55 PM
    STILL NO START BUTTON! =( All joking aside, actually Win 8 is a more stable OS, i've been using it for a good week. it was a bit of a learning curve, but the performance overall is an improvement. Overclocking feels more stable on my AMD FX-8350. Without voltage adjustment and keeping all of the power saving features i was able to put it to 4.7Ghz while Win 7 would crash after anything higher than 4.5Ghz. I do some work with my computer, i run Game Development software like CryEngine3 and Unity3D with Maya, 3dsmax, zbrush, and Adobe CS6. Also running some demanding games like Far Cry3 and Crysis3. I haven't had a single crash what so ever and everything overall just feel snappier. I know a lot of ppl are complaining about win 8 but i have yet to see what people are talking about.
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    mafisometal , March 28, 2013 12:59 PM
    also it has a few ssd parameters that improve TRIM. so there's that.
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    Marco925 , March 28, 2013 1:25 PM
    Quote:
    The leaked update also reveals a handful of new apps including Alarms, Calculator, Movie Moments and Sound Recorder.




    Aren't these already part of windows?
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    icepick314 , March 28, 2013 1:51 PM
    make Windows 8 support multimonitor support and we'll talk...

    it's stupid that you can only have one app on the screen even if you have 2 or more monitors...

    so what's up with that, MS?!???!?
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    damianrobertjones , March 28, 2013 1:58 PM
    icepick314make Windows 8 support multimonitor support and we'll talk...it's stupid that you can only have one app on the screen even if you have 2 or more monitors...so what's up with that, MS?!???!?


    It does support multiple monitors and two apps at the same time.
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    damianrobertjones , March 28, 2013 2:04 PM
    SuckRavenThis must be an effort on the part of MS to "reduce" viruses and malware even more, by dumbing down the interface so much to appeal to the kiddy (read..."monkey") touch crowd, and hiding any semblance of any useful menu items so far out of sight, as to maintain a real nice artificial veneer, of glossy crap tiles, while hiding any of the real functionality that a desktop OS is supposed to have miles beneath the surface.At first it was just annoying having to see where certain control panel and other settings were hidden, but now they've gone one step further, and are actually quietly starting to remove functionality. No thanks MS. I'll stick with XP and 7 on my computers. (Heaven help us all when the day comes that MS stops supporting Windows 7). Hopefully by then there will be another company instead of MS, with more than 1/2 a brain.


    You're making comments based on a BUILD of the new release... Please try not to make any comments until the FINAL version arrives as that would be silly
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    damianrobertjones , March 28, 2013 2:05 PM
    TEAMSWITCHERUgh. Who cares. Windows 8 is for Microsoft touch devices, and there are no Microsoft touch devices worth buying. For everyone who can read between the lines in a product review - this isn't news.


    In YOUR opinion.

    P.s. Types this from a desktop that has zero issues with Win8
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    funguseater , March 28, 2013 2:32 PM
    I love these Windows 8 comments, reminds me of when Windows was first released, I couldn't stand it after being so used to my ASCII .bat menu's I threw it in the corner and didn't use windows again until WIN95 (also fail in my opinion). I still have a PC with win98 (3rd edition-XP kernal) and it runs all my old games great.

    I might start using Win 8 if I get a Windows Kinect or something but I think 7 will last me for quite some time.
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    hrmes , March 28, 2013 3:27 PM
    So Windows is going to the dogs... Aw well... at least I still have my health...
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