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For desktop diehards who thought the next version of Windows might roll back some of Windows 8’s sweeping changes, keep dreaming.

Windows Blue, an update to Windows 8 that will reportedly launch this year, has leaked onto the Internet. Features include new Modern-style apps such as Sound Recorder and Calculator, easier home-screen customization, the ability to make app tiles even smaller or larger and an expanded Snap view that lets each app cover half the screen. Paul Thurrott has good overviews here and here. Engadget has a whole bunch of screenshots.

The most noticeable — and the most positive — change is the dwindling importance of the traditional desktop. Don’t worry, the desktop isn’t going away in Windows Blue, but it doesn’t seem as vital as it is in Windows 8 and Windows RT.

Exhibit A is the handful of new apps that will be built into…

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