Windows Blue public preview coming at BUILD

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last few days, you'll probably already know that a build of Windows Blue - the next major update to Windows 8 - leaked onto the interwebs earlier this week, allowing the world to dissect its juicy innards to get some idea of what Microsoft has in store next for its love-it-or-hate-it OS. 

Some of the features that have been exposed in the new build include a new File Manager app, improved multi-monitor support, more customisation options for the Start screen and a Windows Phone-style "slide-to-shut-down" feature. If you haven't done so already, be sure to check out our hands-on video with Windows Blue.

If you've been holding off on installing the leaked build, we don't blame you - after all, its an interim build not intended for public consumption. But it looks like you won't have to wait too long to get your paws on the real deal. Citing "sources familiar with Microsoft's plans", The Verge reports that the company is working on finalising a 'public preview' build of Windows Blue that will launch at the BUILD conference in June.

Microsoft is also said to be working on various new first-party apps for Blue, in addition to some of those already revealed in the leaked build. Further, as we reported back in December, it's said that Blue will indeed introduce optimisations that will bring Windows 8 to smaller 7- and 8-inch tablets. The leak has already revealed that the minimum resolution that will support the side-by-side Snap View for apps has been lowered to 1024x768px.

Unlike with the Windows 8 development process, don't expect multiple previews of Blue to be released over a period of months - it's said that the BUILD release will be the one and only preview version of Blue before its full launch later this year. 

Source: The Verge

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I have Win8 installed on my laptop and kept Win7 on my desktop. I know that Win8 is faster and the desktop offers some nice things not found in Win7.

Call me old, call me retard or someone that can't evolve, but I do miss the Start Menu and I don't like the Start Screen. It's too limited (customisation), too square, and with all the colors, too ToysRUS for MY taste. I don't enjoy scrolling endlessly to find the tile I need. I know that I could just type to find, but you don't always know what you're looking for. As for the desktop, it's too white, same thing goes for Office 2013, the GUI seem sick, white.

I know that I can skip the start screen and just live in the desktop, I know about all the patch software to bring the Start Menu back, but they are patch, nothing else. And as for now, the Moderm Apps are so limited in features, I still prefer to use standard desktop apps.

In the end, it's all about preference and opinion. What I don't like is probably something someone else will find awesome.

But, I'll try Blue on my laptop. I want to know what's new, I want to like it.

You know the part I found ironic.. was the part about "too ToysRus" Not bashing you but it took me back to discussions when Windows XP first came out.. XP was hated for exactly that reason. The level of Hate was so bad for XP it is almost exactly the same as the level of hate coming out for W8.. and XP wasn't really fixed until service pack 2.. Now XP is regarded as one of Microsoft's most successful operating systems.
Funny how history almost always repeats itself when change is involved.

R3DL1N3 said,
You know the part I found ironic.. was the part about "too ToysRus" Not bashing you but it took me back to discussions when Windows XP first came out.. XP was hated for exactly that reason.

Yeah but that was a purely aesthetic issue not a functional one.

I wanted to install Windows 8 on my laptop to see if I could get any more performance out of it, but there are no drivers available and it crashes on hibernation.

As for "living under a rock," many of us PC users, i.e., office worker bees, have real work to do in an attempt to help our employers be profitable and give us our paycheck. It has already been determined that Windows-8/Blue has nothing compelling for us to move from our Windows-7 based laptops and desktops. We choose to not discard perfectly good hardware just for the sake of some touch-centric UI. Maybe Windows-9 will have something compelling for us to make the move. If not, by then there may be other OSs available that will better serve our needs.

Since they're talking about it at BUILD i'm assuming they will have WinRT API updates to show off for developers.. so more "under the hood" capability possibly..

With Stardock and their WIN8 releases they should have MS buy this from them and integrate this into their builds.

I still find it funny or sad depending how you look at it that people still want a start menu. With the Blue build where you can make your desktop Tile larger maybe people can find it now. I think people get lost where it is to be honest. I had to show some friends where it was located after they hit the windows key and were searching for the desktop. They were moving the mouse to the old start menu area(lower left corner). I told to hit the windows key again or the desktop tile. The key was like "OH!!!! I get it" and the Desktop was like "they should make that one stand out".

People will adopt it as they have always adopted all versions of Windows. Vista in shear numbers wasn't a failure people.

Cant wait either. I'll be installing the preview on my desktop and media center.

I'm pretty sure they wont release a preview version for Windows RT though. :-/

ingramator said,
Can't wait to get my hands on the preview from BUILD!
I wonder how many more fixes and features they will add prior to the public release.

DBrandUSA said,
I wonder how many more fixes and features they will add prior to the public release.

Well. They have at least 3 more months to add stuff in and fix stuff. I just can't wait. I love finding new features.

Co-ords said,
After seeing Win8, I'm not even going to try...

I will try it since I need to keep up with it because of my job. Probably wont use it tho and I am not really impressed with the changes. The changes are not making me want to use W8 any. I also never use betas on my main system at home, or in production at work.

Xerax said,
Good to see ignorance isn't dying out.

He doesn't like W8 so he chooses not to use it. His opinion and preference. Respect it, or move on and dont reply.

Do you seriously have any clue on technology?

Operating Systems and Hardware can not Advance using the Antiquated Start menu Still. That is a Fact. Stop being part of the Problem.

Touch Screens and Motion Sensing Need a New Refreshed OS to support them. Like Win95 to Win7, Windows 8 will advance.

Buckle Up, cause its going to be fun.

MikadoWu said,
Do you seriously have any clue on technology?

Operating Systems and Hardware can not Advance using the Antiquated Start menu Still. That is a Fact. Stop being part of the Problem.

No one even commented about the Start Menu. Where are you getting that from? And how is his comment hateful. He said after he saw W8, hes not going to try Blue. Its not like he said W8 sucks and no one should use it.

My comment was based on experience... if we cant even post our opinions in here, why bother??? I have been a windows user since windows 3.0 (over 20 years), work in IT, and I just don't like what is happening to windows. I'm all for change, really... but metro is just a mess, and I'm not the only one that thinks so.

Co-ords said,
My comment was based on experience... if we cant even post our opinions in here, why bother??? I have been a windows user since windows 3.0 (over 20 years), work in IT, and I just don't like what is happening to windows. I'm all for change, really... but metro is just a mess, and I'm not the only one that thinks so.

I'm curious to what the mess is and why you have to use anything "metro"

Me too, it makes me laugh how many out there honestly have not a clue what they are talking about before they post.

NinjaZidane said,
Me too, it makes me laugh how many out there honestly have not a clue what they are talking about before they post.

So, someone voices an opinion, gives no other info....how can you tell they do not know what hey are talking about from this?

Now that is funny.

Comment - After seeing Win8, I'm not even going to try...

Lets see now, other then the START MENU, What's the difference?????

Win8 is Much Faster, Much More Secure....

MikadoWu said,

Lets see now, other then the START MENU, What's the difference?????

Do you really have to ask that question? There are many differences other than the start menu and many other complaints users have. Granted, a lot of these are just getting used to the new OS but some are valid complaints. This is all well known info.

DBrandUSA said,
If you don't have anything to backup your claim or comment then do not bother posting.

On a side note, I think your an idiot! I think your posts have no merit. See, I too can post things without having anything to backup my claim. Because it is my opinion and I should be able to state so; even though it's childish, you shouldn't complain or even bother replying to it. I do not need to go further into why I think your and idiot or need to provide examples. I said it, so it is so.

Common knowledge and things people all ready know. So I dont need to backup my claim as there are MANY other complaints here on Neowin alone.

And me childish? Really? None of what I said was childish. Now most of your comment would be childish and I have no time for people who cannot have a civil convo and has to throw out insults/personal attacks.

Have a good day.

I use Win7 every day, have tried Win8, and yes here it comes... I HATE Win8. Where I live, the last time I looked, I'm still allowed to voice my opinion, and my opinion is that I hate Windows 8, it even rhymes :-) I agree completely that the OS is faster, and more secure, but I cant stand the GUI. Those of you who choose to use Win8, be my guest. I choose not to! End of story!

Please explain you experience, with what is wrong with Win 8 then, other then blanket statements.

I to have worked in IT for 20 years.... Other then Bashing Change, I learn from and teach it. Most of the Hate on 8, comes from Windows People who can not change or those that worship Android or Apple.

I sat with a 45yo Jamaican women last week with her new iPad and iPhone. 20 minutes later, she was drooling over my Surface Pro and Nokia 920. That night she returned the iPhone, for a Nokia and gave her son the iPad. This past weekend she bought a Surface Pro.

Maybe you should look deeper into what Win8 brings.... You might be surprised.

Is Win 8 perfect, No. In my House, My 65+yo Parents use Win8 and Nokia 920, as do I and my 18Yo Daughter. All of us love it.

Sadly my 15yo son still embraces Win7, which is ok, since he spends more time on the Soccer pitch then the computer anyway.

MikadoWu said,
His comment was not about choice, it was about hate.

Saying "I enjoy Win8, it works well for me and opens up new possibilities in my computing use" is considered hate, and any hate must stop.

Saying "People who enjoy Win8 are stupid low-level computer users who don't know how to really use a computer, and Win8 needs to die a fiery death" is just expressing an opinion and their opinion shall not be questioned, and if you do, then you are hating.

That is how it works, get it right.

First off, thanks for replying in a mature manner.


Please explain you experience, with what is wrong with Win 8 then, other then blanket statements.

For one, UAC is annoying and we turn it off in our work environment. I cannot give out details of what we disable UAC as I have signed a contract saying I wont give out details. I can say that UAC interfers with some of the things we do here. And if we disable UAC, you cannot use Apps in Windows 8...like the camera app we need to use on the Surface Pros we have. Not going to go into any more details on UAC as I tried to do so and all I got was rude replies.

Lots also do not like Metro. I can live without the old start menu but really do not care for the tiles. Glad they are changing it so you can make them small as that will and make it better to arrange things.

Dont like how a bunch of the settings are arranged...no wireless profile manager (hopefully uncluded in blue) and a few other things that excape me ATM.


I to have worked in IT for 20 years.... Other then Bashing Change, I learn from and teach it. Most of the Hate on 8, comes from Windows People who can not change or those that worship Android or Apple.

I have worked in IT a little longer and I agree, a lot of it is because of change but here are valid complaints as well. I use Windows 8 almost every day but in a VM currently. I am testing applications and getting used to the OS so I can support users and the applications we use. I will eventually upgrade my machine, but that is later down the road when I have time.


I sat with a 45yo Jamaican women last week with her new iPad and iPhone. 20 minutes later, she was drooling over my Surface Pro and Nokia 920. That night she returned the iPhone, for a Nokia and gave her son the iPad. This past weekend she bought a Surface Pro.

You can say that about most products/companies really. A lot of people here at work who used Windows 8 dont like it. Some do. To each their own and I will not bash anyone who uses Windows 8. Who am I to judge.


Maybe you should look deeper into what Win8 brings.... You might be surprised.

And I will continue to do so. I do plan on trying out Blue when the consumer release comes out and who knows, I may change a lot of my opinions.

Xerax said,
Good to see ignorance isn't dying out.

Neither is talking trash to those that don't want to swallow the kool-aid it seems.

Now this is the kind of Conversations we need on here, thought out explanations.

I to Have had to disable UAC for some computers in my environment. However.....

1. I have to do this because the Programs these users use, are written POORLY. T
2. his is not the 90s. If the programmers updated their skills, this would not be a
problem.
3. Turning OFF, UAC is Suicide. UAC alone stops a lot of Bad stuff from your computer.

At one Gov facility I use to work with, We required Win7 UAC at the Highest Level. Have to watch out for the badies.

MikadoWu said,
Now this is the kind of Conversations we need on here, thought out explanations.

I to Have had to disable UAC for some computers in my environment. However.....

1. I have to do this because the Programs these users use, are written POORLY. T
2. his is not the 90s. If the programmers updated their skills, this would not be a
problem.
3. Turning OFF, UAC is Suicide. UAC alone stops a lot of Bad stuff from your computer.

At one Gov facility I use to work with, We required Win7 UAC at the Highest Level. Have to watch out for the badies.

We have our own internal software/security that protects us. I keep UAC enabled on family members PC tho. And a lot of the programs we have are old inhouse programs and the people who wrote them, no longer work here.

techbeck said,

He doesn't like W8 so he chooses not to use it. His opinion and preference. Respect it, or move on and dont reply.


I think the point is different: let's say,for example, that you do not like W8; we all have our personal preferences, no problem with that but... if a new release of the OS, maybe not a completely new one like W9, but still more than a SP, something like a W8.5, is offered to you to try free of charge would not you try it just because you did not like the previous one? I would and then, based on my personal experience, decide to keep it or not.
Based a judgment on the leaked build is, IMO, premature because what we have now is just a work in progress.

MikadoWu said,

Sadly my 15yo son still embraces Win7, which is ok, since he spends more time on the Soccer pitch then the computer anyway.

Good for him. At 15 spending time playing soccer is much better, and healthy, than be in front of a computer...

I agree with you about programs being written poorly many times. Being a developer myself and having some experience working with UAC, I can tell you that it isn't difficult to implement into a program's code either.

MikadoWu said,
Operating Systems and Hardware can not Advance using the Antiquated Start menu Still. That is a Fact. Stop being part of the Problem.

... I am stunned by the sure stupidity of this statement. Offering desktops users a UI that doesn't suck is holding back touch users? What?

Order_66 said,

Good to see there's no shortage of Microsoft koolaid either.

Need something to offset the anti-MS hatorade I reckon.

Agree. I work with Windows every day. I use it at night and at the weekends. I don't know much about Windows Blue but I am aware of it. I haven't spent any spare time I have researching leaked software even though Windows is very much a big part of my life.

looking forward. I like to be on the latest release so I'll be gunning for this one. I'll be trying to make it out to build next year....I just have a feeling they will be giving out new devices then :-)