What’s on your Windows Blue wish list?

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The first major update for Windows 8, Windows 8.1 (codenamed “Blue”) is set to deliver a number of nice features and enhancements, from support for small-screen tablets to enhanced multitasking and possibly even the return of the Start button.

Internal builds of Windows Blue have already begun leaking online, causing Microsoft enthusiasts to spend hours digging through the code in search of what’s different. While it’s almost certainly too late for Microsoft to start working on new Windows Blue features at this point, we want to know what you’d like to see included in the update. It could be a completely new feature or something that has already been leaked like a Start button, new Live Tile sizes, improved Snap, the ability to simultaneously show apps on different screens, an immersive file explorer, or a more full-featured Settings app, among others.

Personally, I’m excited for the built-in SkyDrive sync, which will supposedly replace the x86/x64-only SkyDrive for Windows desktop application and allow both Windows 8 and Windows RT devices to stay in sync with Microsoft’s cloud storage service. This will likely also include auto-uploads for the Camera app, a feature which is sorely lacking at the moment.

The other big one for me is the ability to sync your Start screen layout across devices. As someone who owns a number of Windows 8/RT devices, I’m constantly re-organizing my Start screen on each device to ensure that they’re laid out the same. With Windows Blue, I won’t have to worry about this anymore. Just update once and let the OS do the rest.

What’s on your Windows Blue wish list?

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William Devereux

William Devereux is the former Microsoft editor at Pocketables, as well as a Microsoft MVP and SkyDrive/ Insider. As his title implies, he wrote about all things from Redmond, including Windows 8 and Windows Phone. He is currently carrying a Windows Phone 8X by HTC and a Microsoft Surface with Windows RT tablet.

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