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Windows 8.1 leak confirms name, points to Kiosk mode


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Another new version of Windows 8.1, which is also known as 'Blue,' has leaked onto the internet with a couple of interesting new touches.

Windows Blue build 9374, as it's called, appeared online through less than official sources over the weekend.

The new build appears to confirm the name of the next major Windows update - Windows 8.1 Pro. Which isn't exactly startling news, but there you go.

Another, slightly more interesting, new feature is Kiosk mode. This allows you to lock specific apps and features to particular Windows accounts. It also allows you to set an app to boot automatically upon start-up.

This would have obvious benefits to parents looking to let their children play on their Windows 8 device without having to worry about bringing up an inappropriate website or deleting their work.

Windows 8.1 9369

Windows 8.1 build 9374 wasn't the first new build to leak in the past week. Build 9369 also appeared, showing off some interesting new SkyDrive compatibility.

It seems the new version of Windows will allow you to set your SkyDrive cloud storage account as the default location for saving files rather than on the device's internal storage.

Windows 'Blue,' or Windows 8.1 as it will be officially know, should be officially revealed at a public showing in June. Expect to see it available to download by the end of the year as, it's expected, Microsoft steps into a new annual update pattern.

Will Windows 8.1 Blue convince the public that Microsoft's radical new OS approach is valid? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Via: Betanews


April 22, 2013, 10:59 am

Personally love Windows8 and the steps taken in "blue" only make it better, but what I would like to see is a better "touch" friendly desktop and a better "mouse/trackpad" start screen. Configurations on initial launch should be able to set it up correctly... i.e. touch enabled - yes or no? With it de-activated, friendly icons should replace the convulted "gestures" that you have to re-enact (such as closing w8 apps) - its just harder work than it should be with a laptop & trackpad.


April 22, 2013, 1:02 pm

I wonder if it will allow us to start up the desktop app right after boot up.


May 30, 2013, 8:32 pm

I hope Windows Blue's Explorer will finally support file paths longer than 255 characters in length. NTFS support thousands of characters in length. I have to use totalcommander to do file transfers.

Also I hope Explorer will finally use the correct units for file storage. MiB and GiB instead of MB and GB.

That is the source of confusion when everybody complains about a 1TB hard drive only having 931GB of capacity or a 250GB drive only having 232GB of capacity! It is because Windows lies.

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