Windows build 9319 spotted in the wild, kernel gets bumped to 6.3

 

Since the launch of Windows 8, the string of leaks of Windows builds has all but come to a halt. While we have been hearing quite a bit about Windows Blue, the images you see above are supposedly from the M1 of Windows 9 (unconfirmed).

As noted by the post on MicrosoftPortal.net, the M1 build kernel has been given a bump to 6.3 (Windows 8 uses kernel 6.2). In addition, the images are supposedly from Windows 9 build 9319; Windows 8 was build 9200.

While this screenshot does not give us much information about the next major installment to the Windows product line, seeing that screenshots have begun to leak is a good sign for those who want a Window into Microsoft’s inner workings.

There is currently no timeline for a Windows 9 release but, based on past history, one could hedge that it will be around three years after the release of Windows 8. Of course, with Windows Blue possibly offering up an accelerated launch schedule and push towards Windows 9, the platform could arrive far sooner than we expect.

 

In addition to the build 9319 above, there has also been a posting of a screenshot showing that build 9289 is also in the hands of testers too.   

It is possible that both of these builds could be Windows Blue or one could be from Windows 9 and the other Blue. Until Microsoft comes clean on the dividing line between the two platforms (don’t hold your breath), enjoy the images and know the builds are in the hands of testers.

Of course, this could be an elaborate hoax, so take it with a grain of salt.

Source: MicrosoftPortal.net | Tip via @windows4live

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I wonder if Windows Blue will have the same problem that XP, Vista, 7 and 8 have; Explorer.exe does not officially support file path lengths larger than 255 characters. This is highly annoying when dealing with nested folders in My Documents and other situations. I use Total Commander to take care of business.
NTFS supports file path lengths of up to around 30,000 characters so why is explorer.exe use/have APIs that are back in the stone age of computing?

To all the people saying it says Windows 8:

MS never updates that until the beta is released to the public. This is either Blue or 9. My guess is 9, since they prob wont be updating the kernel for Blue.

at some point MS should increment the kernel a major version number... the whole excuse "it will break virus checkers" is BS... ISV's shouldn't be locking to a specific kernel version, and if a new one is released have your software suport it not just one major kernel version

I always thought that Microsoft would stop coding after Win 8. But thanks to this news article I was wrong. Hopefully we see in the "news" soon that Microsoft is working on a new version of office.

In an attempt to not show bias, I'll simply say, WHERES THE F***ING STAR....... I mean I'll look forward to seeing more of this

GP007 said,
This is probably windows blue and not 9 and I bet the build for 9 will be 6.5 and not 6.4.

Even tho MS is going a different course now, them upgrading the kernel on a running release? haha no. But keep dreaming

Brony said,
btw, the picture says WINDOWS 8.

That's normal. They don't usually change the branding until later in development.

Startmenu, fullscreen nonsense for desktop users, dozens of other annoyances fixed and all the improvements of 8 will be very welcome. I guess when M$ finally "fixes" all of these things, the dolts rabidly defending it all won't have much to say...or credibility.

majortom1981 said,
How is this windows 9? This could be windows blue. Nothing points to it being windows 9

Specially the picture that says Windows 8.

The fact that the kernel version is now 6.3 says enough. I don't think the kernel will get a new version nummer in a small update. Beside, the build number is way to high in comparision with post-Windows 7, post-Windows Vista, etc. SO, maybe they skipped some buildnumbers for Windows 8 updates.

I don't understand why it's being called "Windows 9" when the desktop watermark and about screen say "Windows 8". Normally it would be an open-and-shut case but it's well known that Windows Blue will be a substantial update and the user name is "Blue", which hints at that. Unless I'm missing something?

Microsoft never update the name of their builds straight away. It's the same for all pre-release builds of any version of Windows.

Gnieus said,
Microsoft never update the name of their builds straight away. It's the same for all pre-release builds of any version of Windows.

I know that but Windows Blue shows that Microsoft is doing some very different with the next update, so I think it's too early to jump to the conclusion that it's Windows 9 and not Windows Blue.

The build before the Developer Preview where all called Windows 7. That's Always what happens, they change the name mostly when the first beta is coming to public.

The reality is, if they dont add the Start menu back instead of the lame ass tablet interface designed by honey boo boo, its their funeral.

Darrah Ford said,
The reality is, if they dont add the Start menu back instead of the lame ass tablet interface designed by honey boo boo, its their funeral.

the majority of windows users never used the start button in the first place,thats why it was removed. it will have zero effect on sales.

Darrah Ford said,
The reality is, if they dont add the Start menu back instead of the lame ass tablet interface designed by honey boo boo, its their funeral.

Perhaps in your own little world that might be the reality. Which isn't really reality at all when you think about it.

vcfan said,

the majority of windows users never used the start button in the first place,thats why it was removed. it will have zero effect on sales.

Consider the source, sheep. The person that claimed "the majority of windows users never used the start button" was none other than Steven Sinofsky -- the guy that had the most riding on whether or not people bought into that premise.

Darrah Ford said,

Consider the source, sheep. The person that claimed "the majority of windows users never used the start button" was none other than Steven Sinofsky -- the guy that had the most riding on whether or not people bought into that premise.

And where else are you going to get this sort of information? So according to you, the company that makes a product is not a reliable source for information on the said product. Absolutely genius theory. Perhaps you should write a paper on this theory and get it published in a scientific journal.

vcfan said,

the majority of windows users never used the start button in the first place,thats why it was removed. it will have zero effect on sales.


Wow. Quite naive of you to say. Based on my experience (work, personal, etc) a GREAT majority of them rely heavily upon the start button for many day to day tasks.

...really? Don't start the Start Button war. It's pretty obsolete in my eyes. What can you do with the Start Button that you cannot with the Start Screen?

Ishanx said,
...really? Don't start the Start Button war. It's pretty obsolete in my eyes. What can you do with the Start Button that you cannot with the Start Screen?

Why are you asking people to not start a "Start Button War" but then just putting more fuel on the fire?

billyea said,

... in a 3rd party program.
No, in the charm bar. Or you can just put your mouse in the corner where the start button used to be and it still works.

Ishanx said,
...really? Don't start the Start Button war. It's pretty obsolete in my eyes. What can you do with the Start Button that you cannot with the Start Screen?

Lol..don't start the war, but let me continue it

Fritzly said,

Let us move forward: radial button....

I would actually think a radial menu (like One Note) would be really cool!

Ishanx said,
...What can you do with the Start Button that you cannot with the Start Screen?

Access it with the mouse over remote desktop.
Hotcorners are always local machine

You want the Winx start button? Do this:
Windows 8 Start Menu:
1. Right click the Taskbar. Click Toolbars, and then New Toolbar
2.Computer > Local Disc C (or whatever your C drive is labeled) > Program Data > Microsoft > Windows > Start Menu. Click on Start Menu to make it appear in the Folder: textbox
3.Click Select Folder and that's it! The Start menu reimagined

deadonthefloor said,

Access it with the mouse over remote desktop.
Hotcorners are always local machine

Hot corners are working for me on the remote machine, even when the remote desktop window is not maximized.

BannanaNinja said,

Hot corners are working for me on the remote machine, even when the remote desktop window is not maximized.


But they are a pain to use in windowed remote sessions.

Shadowzz said,

But they are a pain to use in windowed remote sessions.

How hard is it to press the Win key on your keyboard in full screen or windowed mode. You can't be serious...

Obry said,

How hard is it to press the Win key on your keyboard in full screen or windowed mode. You can't be serious...

Takes too much effort to move my hand from the mouse to the keyboard.

/S