Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 24th Feb 2013 12:33 UTC
Windows "The public preview, first reported by win8china, will launch within the next few months, allowing existing Windows 8 users to test and provide feedback before Microsoft readies the final version of Windows Blue. We understand that Microsoft is aiming to only have one preview release for Blue. Features are still being prepared for Blue, but one of the biggest changes is an improvement to the search charm functionality." Whatever. Windows Blue needs to address two things: application loading times and in-application performance, and the Mail application. Everything else is fluff.
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RE: search "improvements"
by Nelson on Mon 25th Feb 2013 08:52 UTC in reply to "search "improvements""
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The Charms Bar solves the problem of contextual search on Windows Phone.

Contextual search on WP7 didn't work out because

a) Almost no one implemented it, there was no uniform interface to adhere to or any kind of implementation support like there is on Windows 8
b) Everyone implemented it differently.

Pressing the Search button on WP7 MIGHT take you to in-app search or MIGHT take you to Bing.

What if I was in an app with contextual search and wanted to actually go to Bing? I couldn't. I had to exit the app (which on WP7.0 meant slow tombstoning).

I think Windows Blue is more along the lines of adding a single unified search pane in addition to the currently displayed results.

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