Windows Blue Milestone 1 Screenshot Leaks; Windows 8 Powers Touch-Sensitive Hotel Walls

Microsoft is said to have reached the M1 in the development of Windows Blue. The final milestone build M2 expected this year. Windows 8 powers ITH Room Touch-Sensitive walls.

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Windows Blue enters the development stage Milestone 2 (M2), and is ready to go "officially live."

According to a reports, Windows Blue is very likely to be released this summer, most likely in August. It's going to be a major upgrade for Windows 8.

"Sources close to the matter hint that Microsoft may not release a Windows Blue developer preview, with the company planning to bring the full version directly to the market sometime this year," reports ZDNet.

Windows Blue has just reached one of the two development stages established by Microsoft, which means that the upgrade is halfway here. The M1 marks the half-way point in the Windows Blue development schedule. And, the last and final milestone build of Windows Blue will be M2.

Another report suggests that the screenshot of new Windows build using kernel 6.3 which, according to previous reports (may be Windows 9) is surfaced. It is reportedly a standalone version of Windows operating system.

Windows 8 currently runs on kernel 6.2 and has build 9200.

The first screenshot below shows off build 9289:

Windows Blue or Windows 9 Build 9289

And, this screen (via) reveals build 9319:

Windows Blue or Windows 9 Build 9319

As usual, Microsoft officials are not commenting on anything having to do with Windows Blue.

Watch the video belows demonstrating a prototype hotel that has touch sensitive tablet walls as they are 'running' Windows 8.

"Spain's Serrano Brothers prototype "ITH Room Xperience" has multitouch transparent walls that can be controlled by a smartphone or Surface as well as "interactive floors and mirrors, and a fingerprint payment system"," reports Steve Clayton.

Update 02/24: Toyota Racing Development (TRD) U.S.A. is leveraging Windows 8 to gain a competitive edge in the racing industry this weekend at the season opening NASCAR races in Daytona, Florida, to see how things are shaping up on the race track with their Windows 8 Trackside app running on the new Surface Pro.

"The Trackside app for Windows 8 on Surface Pro allows TRD to spend more time driving and less time in the garage reviewing performance data, with a touch-based mobile tablet that can go from portable note taker to a high-performance monitor in less time than it takes to change even one tire."

Watch the video below to learn how TRD speeds past the competition improving communication and on-track performance with a new Windows 8 application on Surface Pro:

Finally, the details of the next version of Kinect dubbed Kinect 2.0 has also been leaked onto the web revealing information about new hardware specs.

Kinect 2.0 will be an overall improvement from the first generation, and will be able to track up to 6 people at one time, as well as tell if a players hand is open or closed. Skeletal tracking has also been improved.

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