Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 24th Mar 2013 13:03 UTC
Windows "An early build of Windows Blue, the next version of Windows, has leaked online. Build 9364 has been made available on file sharing sites and includes some of the new changes that Microsoft is building into its significant Windows 8 update. Leaked screenshots show that the company is bringing smaller Live Tile arrangements to its Start Screen, along with greater control over the color personalization options. Other improvements include a number of new options in the Windows 8-style settings screen. SkyDrive options are present, which appear to show greater integration and control over device back ups and files. There's also an app settings section that surfaces options to change default apps and information on app sizes." Very welcome improvements - but unless there's significant speed and performance improvements, this is all for naught. Update: Woah, a 50:50 split view! They are listening! Update 2: Steve Troughton-Smith details that the split can be any size, and that you can also split three and four applications.
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OMG! Soon you will be able to view as many apps as you want at once in any window size. Something we've never seen before! oh, wait...

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Nelson Member since:

Would you rather them not make this improvement? I don't really follow the line of thought of these extreme positions.

Its quite obvious that Windows as we knew it will not come back. If you don't like it, you're free to not use Windows.

The better middle ground is incorporating features from the traditional desktop into the new Start Screen. Being able to do 50/50 splits, or even better, arbitrary splits with multiple applications is a definite improvement over what's in Windows 8 now.

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adinas Member since:

"Its quite obvious that Windows as we knew it will not come back" Microsoft have backtracked when they had a product that sucked or failed (MS Bob, Clippy, Windows Mobile) we can only hope they realize it here too. Though you may be right, they may over time add multiple window support, a status bar and the other features from the desktop.

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