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Mar 26, 2013

Microsoft Finally Confirms Windows Blue

The Redmond-based technology giant Microsoft finally confirmed the Blue project and even though it refused to provide specific details on the first major Windows 8 refresh, it did reveal that a “set of plans” is now under development.

Microsoft corporate vice president Frank Shaw wrote in a post on the official Microsoft blog that Blue is the internal codename of the project, hinting that a different designation might be picked before the OS upgrade goes live. “With a remarkable foundation of products in market and a clear view of how we will evolve the company, product leaders across Microsoft are working together on plans to advance our devices and services, a set of plans referred to internally as Blue,” Shaw explained.

According to previous reports on the Blue project, the stable version might be released sometime this summer, most likely in August, while the first beta build is expected to be launched in June.

Microsoft's "set of plans" might include both a desktop and a tablet OS
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Leaked Photo Shows Galaxy S4’s Back Logo

Earlier this month, South Korean mobile phone maker Samsung made official its next Android-based flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4, set to arrive on shelves in late April, but did not unveil the phone’s back logo as of now, although it did publish press photos with the device.

However, a leaked photo that emerged online courtesy of @evleaks appears meant to provide us with a glimpse at the phone’s final branding before it arrives on shelves. In all fairness, Samsung did show the phone’s logo in the video presentations that were made public following the official launch, yet it still has to show it carved on the phone’s back plate, as can be seen in the photo above.

Galaxy S4 arrives on shelves with a 5-inch screen, a quad-core processor (8-core in some markets), 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel photo snapper, front camera, Android Jelly Bean, and Samsung’s UI loaded on top.

Samsung Galaxy S4
Image credits to Samsung

Windows Blue Metro Snap Mode Drops 1366x768 Resolution Limit [Video]

Windows Blue will bring a lot of improvements to the existing Windows 8 platform, at least judging by this leaked build, but here’s something that’s pretty important for consumers still using devices with low resolutions.

Blue could drop the 1366x768 screen resolution limit required to snap apps and run two different programs side by side in Metro mode, according to a report by McAkins Online. As you can see in this video, snapping apps is now possible on a 1024x768 screen resolution as well, regardless of whether you’re using a desktop computer, a laptop or a tablet.

Windows 8 currently limits snap view to 1366x768, while the 1024x768 resolution is required to run just a single Metro app. While we can’t tell for sure whether this particular option will make it to the stable build, it seems like Microsoft has listened to users’ feedback and is now making Metro apps available on lower resolutions too.

"Blue" is an update to Windows 8, bring patches and new features. One of the new features is that the screen resolution requirements to snap a metro-style application has been dropped. In Windows 8, you need a resolution of 1024 by 768 to run metro-style apps, and you need a screen resolution of 1366 by 768 to snap metro-style apps and run them side-by-side. However, with the "Blue" update, there are no special requirements to snap metro-style apps.
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Video credits to Nazmus Shakib

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