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: Comment by Stephen!
by Nelson on Sun 24th Feb 2013 16:09 UTC in reply to "Comment by Stephen!"
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Windows 8.5 or 8 Refresh. They seem to be moving to a yearly release schedule like Windows Phone. It's not difficult to imagine what an achievement that is for an organization as ginormous as WinDiv.

Here's what I expect (or hope) from Blue:

- Let me snap Windows 50/50
- Let me pin Metro apps to the Desktop Taskbar
- Implement IPC in a sensible way, and a JIT API so that 3rd party browsers can run on Windows RT.
- Flesh out the XAML stack. Feature parity with SL5 at least in the data binding department
- Unified Search View
- Implement Cloud Compiling of apps to reduce load times to nearly zero. WP8 does this to great effect.
- Allow Desktop Apps to use more of the WinRT Framework, make them more visible in the Store.
- Streamline the entire App submission/approval process, make it better, faster, etc.
- Support 7-8 inch tablets, portrait interfaces.

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