By Vamien McKalin | Apr 22, 2013 09:53 AM EDT
A version of Windows 8.1, otherwise known as Windows Blue, has leaked on various torrent-related websites. The file doesn't appear to be a trick of any sort, but still, we don't recommend downloading it, as it could contain malware or viruses.
The newest version of Windows Blue is build 9374, but it is not quite certain what features this new build brings to the table, so don't go expecting to see the return of the Start Button. Microsoft may or may not crack down on this leak, so if you're not too afraid of download torrents, give it a shot.
According to multiple sources, Windows Blue is the next version of Windows 8 that promises to bring some cool new features along with much-needed enhancements. The operating system could come with Internet Explorer 11, which will feature tab synchronization across Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices. Want smaller tiles similar to Windows Phone 8? That's coming too, along with other things to get more users using the new start screen instead of the traditional desktop on tablet devices.
The release for Windows Blue is rumored for August or September, while a public beta release could come some time around the BUILD conference in June.
Windows Blue is Microsoft's latest effort to keep Windows 8 relevant and to please those who don't like the operating system. So far, the slow adoption of Windows 8 is causing major problems in the PC industry, as OEMs are losing profits and there is no real second option. They can't go the Android route, as tablets with that operating system are not selling well, and they can't equip iOS, as it is exclusive only to Apple. The only option OEMs have at this point is to wait and hope that Microsoft gets its act together soon, and gives users want they want.
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