Watch This: Video walkthrough of Windows 8.1 build 9369

Yesterday we broke the story that version 9369 of Windows Blue (8.1) was roaming free on the internet. Today lots of people have installed this leaked Windows Blue build and if you're curious to see some of the changes coming to the OS you can watch the video below.

The video comes courtesy of WinBeta and shows some of the new features including new ways to sort your apps, the new PC settings pane which we actually saw in the previous leaked build but is now much cleaner and better. You might also notice the new Files app that integrates with the old Skydrive app. This lets you navigate your files in the Modern interface without having to switch back to the desktop.

Some other changes that the video doesn't show are the new Search options, included in the PC Settings pane and the refinements to the trackpad settings. Both of these are important and should make life for the users a little easier.

Of course this new build doesn't bring too many new changes, and certainly nothing major, but it does give us a clearer picture of where Microsoft is headed with Windows Blue and hopefully that picture will be made even clearer come June, when a public beta is expected to be released.

Source: WinBeta

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I have yet to enjoy Windows 8 for any type of office work where I have to multitask between Word, Excel, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, etc... and have several windows open and positioned so I can work with many sources at the same time. Windows 8 seems to be much more single task oriented. To get it to work like I need it to, I had to install Start 8 and leave it in Win7 style all the time.

Do any of you who are sold on Windows 8 do this type of stuff and how could you accomplish similar work with all of the new metro style apps?

Very simply, I just use the desktop apps when I want that kind of workflow. I only want it some of the time though, so the Windows Store apps work well for me at other times.

Dot Matrix said,
I think it's safe to say that Windows 8.1 is feature complete at this point.

I think it's therefore also safe to say that sales will remain disappointing, that Microsoft's share price is not going to recover, and that Stardock and others will continue to have a lucrative business.

Wow, that looks VERY much improved from 8.0. I'm looking forward to get the update for my RT device in a few months! Hopefully it'll be even leaner and faster than the current build.

Improvements welcome. However.... please Microsoft make it nice to look at! The horrid two tone flat blocks and fonts drifting in seas of white. Its simplicity for the sake of simplicity. This is why I hate Office 2013 because the UI is just too harsh on your eyes. Everything seemed to be going in a much more lush and graphically pleasing direction and coming together - how long did it take us to get rid of the majority of those legacy icons!? Everything was almost done, then bam! Metro.... Sure some stuff was a bit cheesy at times and toning down the visual flare is fine. But the reversion to a Windows 3.1 era of UI and colour selection does not say 'Modern' to me. Nor does throwing away years of evolution of desktop usage for essentially a less usable desktop that's suitable for fat fingers. No, never am I going to work in Photoshop creating and manipulating graphics with my pinky.... ssssStop it.

If every device becomes a consumption device, what do we use to create the things to consume anyway?

(Rant over)

Err wat? Theres lot of stuff missing and not working in this build. In 'PC Settings' some pages have "under construction". The new apps are not finished either. And MS may or may not add a boot to desktop option or Start button.

With this build theres already new stuff added that wasn't in the last leaked build, which is barely any older. Theres definitely more stuff to come, i'd guess quite a lot more.

Dot Matrix said,
I think it's safe to say that Windows 8.1 is feature complete at this point. Looks great!

LOL

W32.Backdoor.KillAV.E said,
Err wat? Theres lot of stuff missing and not working in this build. In 'PC Settings' some pages have "under construction". The new apps are not finished either. And MS may or may not add a boot to desktop option or Start button.

With this build theres already new stuff added that wasn't in the last leaked build, which is barely any older. Theres definitely more stuff to come, i'd guess quite a lot more.

Feature complete doesn't have to mean everything is working. It simply means all of the features Microsoft plans to include in the release have been added into the codebase.

Seeing how there are no changes from this build to the last leaked build, I think it's fairly certain that 8.1 at this point is feature complete.

No changes? Dude, there are lots of improvements, and this build is only 5 builds higher than the previous one. It's a milestone, it's far from feature complete.

No, you are sooo wrong. Its not feature complete, im sure more will improve and be added as the builds continue, can't believe someone would make such a premature comment who knows nothing about the release details, unless you work for MS specifically in that department.....

- Kaboose - said,
No, you are sooo wrong. Its not feature complete, im sure more will improve and be added as the builds continue, can't believe someone would make such a premature comment who knows nothing about the release details, unless you work for MS specifically in that department.....

Windows' development cycle is no secret.

If they are going for a Summer preview, and a Fall release, then the features would be the first thing to implement. After the preview is released, collect feedback, and tie that into the final product, ship it off for Q&A, fix any show stopping bugs, then sign off on the final build. I would expect Microsoft to be finishing up the Summer Preview very soon, so it can be shipped off to Q&A, signed off on, and released in June.

Any features at added at this point, will be small. If you're upset with these builds for whatever reason, then you'll still be upset with the final product.

W32.Backdoor.KillAV.E said,
Err wat? Theres lot of stuff missing and not working in this build. In 'PC Settings' some pages have "under construction". The new apps are not finished either. And MS may or may not add a boot to desktop option or Start button.

With this build theres already new stuff added that wasn't in the last leaked build, which is barely any older. Theres definitely more stuff to come, i'd guess quite a lot more.

I wouldn't be surprised if this build in it's incomplete form gets passed off as RTM. Bit of exaggeration there but given Microsoft's track record, it is totally possible.

sanke1 said,

I wouldn't be surprised if this build in it's incomplete form gets passed off as RTM. Bit of exaggeration there but given Microsoft's track record, it is totally possible.

RTW is a few months away. Why would this build be passed off as gold?

Dot Matrix said,
Any features at added at this point, will be small.

Was it Tom Warren who hinted that there's bigger stuff coming that's not implemented yet? So I wouldn't bet on 'feature complete'.

dr_crabman said,

Was it Tom Warren who hinted that there's bigger stuff coming that's not implemented yet? So I wouldn't bet on 'feature complete'.

Source?

There's also some evidence that there are some features that have been implemented but not available in the builds given out to partners (which are the ones that leaked).

Apparently there's a "TwinUISxS.dll" which is missing from these builds. This is a similar mechanism to what was used in Win8 to keep nearly ALL of the "Mosh/Metro" parts of the new shell out of the early partner builds (if you'll recall, while there were early Win8 builds that leaked, very little of the Metro stuff leaked before the official reveal on June 1 2011 - people managed to deduce its existence to some extent from the bits that were there, but there were never any actual screenshots of the Start screen, charms, snap view, etc.) So whatever's still locked away might be quite major and prominent.

Guess it's us Win8 fanboys' turn to start whining about how they changed it and now it sucks: I really don't see the need to change the tile launch animation. Obviously this is still a WIP and will be better by launch, but the one in 8RTM is pretty much perfect already, why go messing with it?

I can only guess that something is screwed on this guys PC. Because i don't get the same animation as him, i still get the old 8 animation on this build (which i agree is better).

contextfree said,
Guess it's us Win8 fanboys' turn to start whining about how they changed it and now it sucks: I really don't see the need to change the tile launch animation. Obviously this is still a WIP and will be better by launch, but the one in 8RTM is pretty much perfect already, why go messing with it?

They are probably still working on it. How I wish Windows 8 had animations like Windows Phone. That would be amazing.

Anyone else here got this build? I'm using it, but i don't have the new app opening animation shown at 3:40 in the vid. I've got the exact same build number (shown in the bottom right of the desktop) yet i still have the old Win 8 animation. So this is very strange... what are other people seeing on this build?