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[G3D] Windows Blue shall be named "Windows 8.1", offers overhauled search

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http://www.guru3d.com/news_story/windows_blue_shall_be_named_windows_8_1.html
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The client version of Blue, codenamed Windows Blue, is a refresh of Windows 8. It is expected to be released to manufacturing around August of this year. As I've blogged a few times, Microsoft is planning to position Blue as part of the Windows 8 wave, not as Windows 9

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In related news, Neowin writes that Microsoft has revamped the search features of Windows 8.1 so users no longer have to pick from either Apps, Settings, or Files:
Basically, the new search, which is disabled in the leaked Windows Blue build, does away with having to pick from either Apps, Settings, or Files. Windows 8.1 should allow users to simply type in a search string to find anything inside the OS. The search box will also apparently include a way to receive web-based search results from inside the search charm, presumably from Microsoft's own Bing service by default

Edited by coachmark2 - 4/3/13 at 8:24am
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This is good news.
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This was expected, it's not a huge improvement over windows 8.

though to some, it might be a step backwards rather than an improvement.
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Good I missed that from W7.
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Anybody know when this will hit technet?
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The stupid thing with Windows 8's search is, that the "categories" that appear when you search for something under the search bar, make you have to check every single one of them to see if you've found what you're looking for. ex. Searching for "Programs and Features" shows 0 results, and you have to press down to see the actual result. Which for me is annoying. In Windows 7, either you typed "Song" or "Control Panel' the results were one button away. Now you must browse through the three categories which lowers productivity for no actual benefit.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by AngeloG. View Post

The stupid thing with Windows 8's search is, that the "categories" that appear when you search for something under the search bar, make you have to check every single one of them to see if you've found what you're looking for. ex. Searching for "Programs and Features" shows 0 results, and you have to press down to see the actual result. Which for me is annoying. In Windows 7, either you typed "Song" or "Control Panel' the results were one button away. Now you must browse through the three categories which lowers productivity for no actual benefit.

Which is exactly what this is addressing. What's your point?



OT: Ahhh, good news. But can we right click the search results, or drag and drop them???
 
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Quote:
Basically, the new search, which is disabled in the leaked Windows Blue build, does away with having to pick from either Apps, Settings, or Files.

Thank you, just thank you!

Nothing is mentioned for context menu for the Start Screen which I hope it would come and since it is still early I hope it comes in the end.
post #9 of 53
Its about time. That is the way the search function should of worked the whole time as default. With the option to change it to a specific file type instead of All.
post #10 of 53
Wow...what a title. Improved search. Already has a wonderful search feature that works well and ridiculously fast. But at the same time, they did mess up a bit on windows 8 search feature. Defaulting to apps or whatever it was doing (I've been using Win7 so much more lately as I haven't been gaming) was rather annoying. The search in Win7 and Vista was perfect. Hit the windows key, type, bam, you got what you were looking for.
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