Windows Server Preview Provides Clues About Windows 8.1 (Screenshots)

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Microsoft released Windows Server (“Blue”) to MSDN subscribers today, ahead of the BUILD (#bldwin) conference later this week in San Francisco.  The build provides us a number of clues as to what we will see in the official Windows 8.1 (Blue) preview.  The server build number is 9341, the windows 8.1 preview build will be: 6.3.9431.winmain_bluemp.130615-1214.  IE11 scores 351/500 + 2 bonus point, and 25/25 for WebGL.  Since this is a server build, the score may be a little higher than IE11 on Win 8.1, but this confirms WebGL for IE11. Many things seen in the Server 2012 R2 preview will also show up in the Windows 8.1 preview.

Most of this information comes via Robert McLaws, a MSDN subscriber and .NET developer:

Desktop w/ new start button

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Libraries are now hidden by default and more integrated into the UI.  If you want them displayed as before, right-click in the blank space

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Start Menu/Taskbar Options; Includes options to shut down from Start button and disable hot corners:

taskbar options

New Hyper-V, device redirection is called “Enhanced Session Mode

Hyper-V Enhanced Session Mode

IE 11 option to add a website to your Apps list

IE11 Add Apps

New options for how IE 11 behaves when you open it: New session or previous session

New IE11 Options

New IE11 option to enable “Flip ahead with page prediction

New IE11 Options

IE11 allow you to turn off the SmartScreen filter right in the download UI

Smart Screen

IE11 SPDY/3 confirmed

SPDY3

IE11 Splash Screen

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Other IE11 options

Other IE11 Options

New Windows 8.1 start menu options (group naming, resizing, etc.)

win 8.1 start menu options

Metro apps get 4 size options (Small, Medium [Normal], Wide, and Large) Large = double height

metro apps size options

Non-metro apps only get two size options only

non metro size options

Source: Please follow @RobertMclaws on twitter, he is a great source of Microsoft information

Image credits: @robertmclaws

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