Feeds

Next from Microsoft: 'Blue', the Windows 8 they hope you don't hate

People are used to a blue screen with Windows, right?

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Vid Windows Blue - the supposedly leaked sequel to Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system - will apparently look a lot more like Windows Phone 8 and allow users to further personalise their computers.

Copies of what appears to be build 9364 of Windows Blue are circulating on peer-to-peer file-sharing networks; once the alpha-grade software is installed, users will find they are able to customise colours on the start screen and poke smaller tiles without needing to go through the options warehouse of the Control Panel, we're told. The video below, posted to WinBeta.org, shows one can resize the Metro start screen tiles and move groups of tiles around the screen.

In further changes, swiping from the bottom to the top reveals your list of installed software – just like BlackBerry’s first Playbook tablet could do. Metro applications - programs using the new touch-driven user interface - can be snapped next to each other to share 50 per cent of the screen each.

There’s also some new apps, which include a basic Metro-style calculator, alarm and sound recorder, and a movie app – which doesn’t seem to work in the video.

Microsoft watcher Mary-Jo Foley reckons Blue is the codename Microsoft is using to describe a wave of updates and tweaks for Windows 8. The leaked build is apparently tagged as number 9364; Windows 8, which shipped in October last year, was build 9200.

From the look of this video, it seems Blue will not be a major new operating system release, but rather a service pack of sorts. This is unlikely to stop people waxing about the significance of each and every point change. ®

The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
That AMAZING Windows comeback: Wow – 0.5% growth in 2015
Whoooah, my face is going all floppy with the speed
'I don't want to go on the cart' ... OpenSSL revived with survival roadmap
Heartbleed-battered crypto library reveals long path back to health
Linux turns the crank on code for cars
Got a feel for your automobile
Google policy wonk patronises Brits over EU search biz probe
Downgrading rivals? Whetstone: 'I just don't think it's really true'
Victim of Tor-hidden revenge smut site sues Tor Project developers
But EFF lawyer says deep-web team 'no more liable' than web server makers
Think Google Glass is creepy? Wait until it READS YOUR MIND
Startup penetrates the mind of Glassholes
Chrome Remote Desktop adds Linux to supported OS list
Drive Debian from the confines of a Chromebook
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem
Only the Power of One delivers leading infrastructure convergence, availability and scalability with federation, and agility through data center automation.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.