A First Look at Windows 8 "Blue"
By: Arie Slob
Internet Explorer also got updated in this new build, and now sports version 11. What's new is that you can now enable swipe navigation for both the Desktop and 'Metro' version of Internet Explorer (Figure) . Swipe navigation only works via touch though. Another option is a "Show synced tabs" which makes it possible to synchronize tabs across devices (Figure) . While many sites claim this feature doesn't work in build 9364, I was able to sync tabs between my laptop and a virtual machine running another copy of this Windows build.
It also looks like Microsoft is integrating their cloud service SkyDrive more tightly into the operating system. SkyDrive receives its own entry in the Settings menu. The updated SkyDrive app also allows you to set backup options, so your backups are saved to your SkyDrive account (Figure) . There are also file saving options, and you can set to save photos and/or videos to your SkyDrive, and set the quality to "Good" or "Best" (Figure) . You may also notice the "Go to Files app" button, suggesting that you will be able to easily pick and choose files to synch with your SkyDrive account. In this build the File app isn't included, so clicking the button doesn't actually do anything.
Microsoft has so far not commented on this new version (which in a later build is called Windows 8.1), so it is not sure yet how it will be distributed, and if they will offer existing users free access to the upgraded bits (in the form of a service pack).
This 'update' seems to be only about further strengthening the 'Modern-UI' ('Metro') interface, reducing the need to 'drop back' to the desktop (especially for a number of Control Panel settings). Users who were hoping for the return of the 'Classic' Start menu will be disappointed: No change there. In fact, it looks like Microsoft may have removed some of the legacy code that is used in the current version of Windows 8 by the 3rd party programs to re-instate a (Windows 7 style) Start menu. Most of the Start menu replacement programs I tested no longer work with this build of Windows 8, so it looks like they have to do some extra work to catch up again.