With Windows Blue comes a new Betta fish

The Betta fish has been a symbol of Windows beta versions since the early days of Windows 7 when it appeared as the background for the early builds of the operating system, and then appeared again in Windows 8 and its bootscreen. With the Windows 8.1 Preview just around the corner, and the Windows Server Blue Preview already available to download, a new iteration of the Betta fish has appeared.

This is just one of the tidbits from the Windows Blue Preview builds, and there's a lot more information to come as we head into Microsoft's BUILD 2013 conference, starting in just a few days where Microsoft will launch a public client Preview of Windows 8.1 - expect to see this Betta fish as your system boots up if you end up trying the Preview.

Source: Rafael Rivera

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wotsit said,
Famous... really?

"Characteristic" is better?.... people associate the Betta Splendens to W8. Personally I prefer the Betta to the dragon but, as usual, the more choices the better.

luiscamino said,
why are you all writing Beta with two t's?

Because they're talking about the betta fish artwork that's in a beta release.

Is this the one that'll be on the Start screen with animated bubbles?

I hope it's kept as a Start background after the CP and RP.

They are cute little fish that take up little amounts of room to live in. They normally live in Chinese Rice Fields. Since they fight, they are hard to mate. At 11 I had lots of patients and to the surprise of the store owners, I successfully had a female betta fish born. Anyways that is as little off topic.

ians18 said,
They are cute little fish that take up little amounts of room to live in. They normally live in Chinese Rice Fields. Since they fight, they are hard to mate. At 11 I had lots of patients and to the surprise of the store owners, I successfully had a female betta fish born. Anyways that is as little off topic.

They don't take little amounts of room to live in, that's a superstition, the truth is that they need a minimum of 20 litres of water to live a long, comfortable life.
They don't live in China, you can find these and many other subspecies in lakes and rice fields from Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.
They're not that hard to breed if you wait the appropiate amount of time for them to get used to each other, some males can take months to get used to females, while others might take a few days.

I was wrong they don't live in China, but they do live in rice fields.
Also, I have kept mine in large aquariums, but I have seen many keep theirs on small vases or office desks, and the Betta Fish are just fine/

ArthJar said,

They're not that hard to breed if you wait the appropiate amount of time for them to get used to each other, some males can take months to get used to females, while others might take a few days.

It is their nature to fight, so when breeding it IS hard. Have you tried yourself in a controlled environment? Anyways ask most pet store or fish store owners and they have never seen a household breed a Betta fish before.

The fish shows up in the Server 2012 R2 Preview, too (I'm posting from it right now). And yes - there is a Start button (which when pressed takes you to the Start Screen). I'm more curious as to improvements (if any) in the already-solid Hyper-V.