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Windows Blue Leaked – Featuring Smaller Live Tiles, IE 11, Snap Views & More

One of the things that kept Microsoft busy is Windows 8. However, now that Windows 8 is now in the hands of the consumers, it doesn't mean that the software giant will take it easy. Behind the scenes, Microsoft is already working on the next-generation Windows. According to a new report, an early build of Windows codenamed "Blue" has been leaked online.

Windows Blue Leaked

That's right folks, Windows Blue Build 9364 has been made available via file sharing websites and it includes some of the most noteworthy changes that Microsoft has been building for its next major Windows 8 update. Leaked screenshots has been posted at Winforum and depicts a new Windows system with smaller tile arrangements, added color customization options and many others.

Windows Blue Leaked_0

Apparently, Microsoft has been building an additional Snap Views into Windows Blue, which will enable users to place apps side-by-side in Windows 8 view. According to The Verge, the new Windows Blue will support up to 4 snapped apps alongside each other. Some of the Windows 8 -style apps that will take advantage of this feature are the sound recorder, movie moments, new alarm, calculator and more. The new snapping improvements will also apply to users who use multiple monitors.

Windows Blue Side-by-Side Apps

Other new options are also found in the Windows 8-style settings screen.

Microsoft appears to be adding all of the necessary settings required to ensure tablet users don't have to drop to the desktop Control Panel to change things. SkyDrive options are present, which appear to show greater integration with auto camera uploads 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.

Windows Blue Internet Explorer 11

On top of that, it seems that Internet Explorer 11 also comes with Windows Blue, although it is not known what are the improvements and changes made. A tab sync feature is found in some screenshots, which suggest that the software giant is making tabs available on more Windows Blue devices. Touch users will also be glad because it seems that touch-friendliness will be given a boost.

Touch users can also use new gestures throughout Windows Blue. On the Start Screen you can swipe up from the bottom to bring up a list of all apps, and in the desktop mode you can swipe up or down to reveal a desktop app bar that provides access to snap, projector settings, and more.

Windows Blue preview build is expected to be released in a couple of months, with a full release expected later this year. [via TheVerge]

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