Leaked: Microsoft's Windows Blue
Windows Blue includes new gestures, apps
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 25, 2013 11:22 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The next version of Windows isn't due on shelves until later in the year, but eager customers can already get a look at a leaked version of it: A partner version of Windows Blue has been making the rounds on file-sharing sites, the Verge reports. It looks a lot like Windows 8, but offers a number of adjustments. Among them: smaller tile arrangements on the Start screen, more color choices, and enhanced Snap Views, which allow users to stick up to four apps side-by-side.

The operating system now supports new gestures for touch devices, too. Swiping upward from the bottom of the Start screen delivers a list of all your apps, while up or down swiping in desktop mode offers an app bar. The basic Windows 8 controls known as Charms are also getting an update. The system comes with Internet Explorer 11, along with a range of new apps. The Verge has plenty of screenshots.

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Apr 17, 2013 9:34 AM CDT
Everyone should stop buying Windows 8 computers until the manufacturers furnish drivers that are compatible with Windows 7.
Mar 25, 2013 7:56 PM CDT
The main advantage of Windows over Mac is the ease of controlling the system settings and customizing the guts of the machine. People don't just want to have a slick computer. It needs to be a tool. Productivity programs do not work as apps where developers decide what it looks and feels like. Making a computer work like a phone will surely make computers obsolete. If that happens I will miss the accuracy of the mouse, the ability to customize. If windows is the new Apple (looking slick with low functionality) then we will all be moving to Linux or some other such crap. How about calling it Windows Blew?
Mar 25, 2013 7:31 PM CDT
I have been making gestures at my windows screen for ages. Think anyone at Redmond knows or cares?