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Early Windows Blue build leaked online

Leaked version of Windows update includes SkyDrive integration and smaller tiles.

Windows 8 may not have received the welcome that Microsoft envisioned, but they're hoping future updates can improve on the framework they've built. The next update, code-named Windows Blue, is expected sometime later this year and an early build has found its way online.

The build was leaked to various file-sharing sites, and based on numerous screenshots, it brings with it smaller sized tiles, with increased control over color customization and themes. The update is also expected to bring with it the latest version of Internet Explorer as well as SkyDrive integration for file backup. Furthermore, Microsoft appears to have added a side-by-side view for apps, similar to the feature that debuted with Windows 7.

In related news, sources close to Microsoft have informed Cnet that the update is designed around Intel's next-generation Haswell CPUs, utilizing the processor's greatly improved battery life. Eventually, these changes are expected to culminate in a OS X approach, with Windows possibly releasing annual updates. The official launch of Windows Blue is expected sometime this year, and while no date has been announced, it should coincide with the Haswell release.


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Omar Qudsi, 2013-03-24 (Update: 2013-03-24)