Early Windows 8 image leaks

Another hour, another Windows 8 leak, this time though it is an early build of Windows 8. This image was posted up to help show the difference between the early Windows 8 builds and the current leaks.

This image comes courtesy of Winreview.ru who also posted up these images of a more recent build of Windows 8. The images show a subtle difference including new min, max and close buttons, a flatter styling (to better align with Metro) and a few other nuances. This image does not reveal anything new, but are only to show the progress between builds of Windows 8.

It is believed that the 'Aero Lite' theme will be for lower end hardware as it is expected that there will also be a dynamic theme as well. For those with older hardware, this should come as a good sign that you will be getting a new theme too.

Windows 8 is expected to RTM in 2012 with the latest rumor suggesting an early January 2013 retail availability. 

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from what ive read, M$, promised a completely new GUI, but if they will just revamp Win7, this would be pretty lame, but i dont really emphasize on GUI, even if it uses Classic i dont care and no other choice, as long as its amazing regarding performance and features, but the Live Account feature is interesting

I hope we get a lot of improvements with using Windows in Windows 8, IMO they need to be improving how I manage my open programs and access them as well as folder navigation.

These screenshots are nice and all, but they sure do bring out the kiddies. I swear everyone who complains about the GUI looking just like Windows 7 has clearly not been alive for ANY previous Windows development cycle, or they'd know that major GUI changes don't shape up during pre-beta. Hur dur.

Joshie said,
These screenshots are nice and all, but they sure do bring out the kiddies. I swear everyone who complains about the GUI looking just like Windows 7 has clearly not been alive for ANY previous Windows development cycle, or they'd know that major GUI changes don't shape up during pre-beta. Hur dur.

People are idiots, they are idiot coated idiots, with an idiot filling, get any job where you have to deal with the public and you'll see this within the first day.

Benjy91 said,

People are idiots, they are idiot coated idiots, with an idiot filling, get any job where you have to deal with the public and you'll see this within the first day.


+1

Benjy91 said,

People are idiots, they are idiot coated idiots, with an idiot filling, get any job where you have to deal with the public and you'll see this within the first day.

I have had those jobs. More than enough of them. All I've gained is the belief that everyone should be required to work one single customer service job for one peak season just once in their life, and the global sense of entitlement would take a huge hit to the crotch.

/the customer is almost never right

Benjy91 said,

People are idiots, they are idiot coated idiots, with an idiot filling, get any job where you have to deal with the public and you'll see this within the first day.

+1

Benjy91 said,

People are idiots, they are idiot coated idiots, with an idiot filling, get any job where you have to deal with the public and you'll see this within the first day.

+1

pff those leaks ...
of course the user interface will change completely (that's wat we've been hearing so far)

The first leaked pictures of Windows 7 looked exactly like Vista. The build numbers and the core OS was Windows 7 but the interface was still a copy of Vista's. I remember people was complaining about the Vista looks back then.

Same today. This is an early Windows 8 build. Is work in progress based and continued from where they left it in Windows 7.

With confirmation that Metro UI mobile elements will move to desktop Windows 8, (Apple did the same with the latest Mac Lion and iOS) and Steve Ballmer already said that Windows 8 will be the most risky move/product from Microsoft the upcoming years, I personally doubt it it will look the same like what we are used to.

Remember "big change" is not always necessary to make a product different. Additions and improvements can made the difference as well.

Start by looking on the the new and upcoming Microsoft Touch Mouse (btw I can'w wait to get my hands on it) here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVsFcKd6NjU
Jump to 1:37 mins to see the new MultiTask UI coming along with it.

I personally expect to see a lot of such changes in the UI of the new Windows 8.

win95 looked like win98
win 2k looked like winMe (LOL)
winxp didn't look like anything (lol?)
Vista looked like win7
Perhaps windows 8 will look like winxp xD

IMHO I don't think the superbar will look much different, I think they've nailed the design of it, all I think they'll do is add more functionality and customisable options to it, like Apple improves the dock, but essentially keeps it looking the same.

Xerino said,
this is why I do no bother with image leaks till just befoer RC time, just the same ol story until then

Indeed. Leaks like this damage the reputation of the developers and Microsoft as as whole IMO. We're looking at pre-alpha "looks-like-ass" work that probably isn't even half completed yet, but because it's out in the open as a "leak", people are going to judge low-res screenshots and create malformed opinions of how crap Win8 is going to be.

srprimeaux said,
Every time I see a title on Windows 8 leaks, I'm anticipating something new and exciting. Why do this to me?!

Exactly Why?

How come this wasn't posted in the other news article. It's from the same site, the same images, the same post as before.

Panda X said,
How come this wasn't posted in the other news article. It's from the same site, the same images, the same post as before.

It's all about clicks.

The images show a subtle difference including new min, max and close buttons, a flatter styling (to better align with Metro)

Isn't that just Office 15, because the window in the foreground shows default Windows Aero?

bdsams said,
Yes it is office 15, look at the task bar, is win 8.

You talk about "new min, max and close buttons". Where do you see those?

.Neo said,

You talk about "new min, max and close buttons". Where do you see those?

They're the same buttons which are evident in the leaked Aero Lite theme. Look at a few articles below this

Callum said,

They're the same buttons which are evident in the leaked Aero Lite theme. Look at a few articles below this

Perhaps you could link to them in the article instead of expecting the reader to be up to date with all the neowin windows 8 posts.

Callum said,

They're the same buttons which are evident in the leaked Aero Lite theme. Look at a few articles below this

But again, I don't see Windows showing them. Only Office 15 which has a non-standard theme to begin with.

empty said,

Perhaps you could link to them in the article instead of expecting the reader to be up to date with all the neowin windows 8 posts.


If you read my comment you'll realise I didn't expect them to be up-to-date. I didn't expect them to be up-to-date with news which is why I pointed them to the article below. You're right, I could have linked them, but to suggest I expected them to be up-to-date with the news is not right.

I prefer that wallpaper . But seriously; I think the wallpaper in the M3 builds are over time going to reveal a phrase/words.

Artillery said,

Chill, I'm pretty sure Windows 8 isn't going to look exactly like Windows 7.


Everything is pointing out to that direction. No big changes so far and probably by the time the tablet version is out the market share left by iPad and Android tablets would be too small....still hoping to be wrong though.

Lamp0 said,
omg it's the exact same as vista/7

7 was same as Vista before the leake build 6985 (I think), then, it brought the Superbar. So, it may bring some more visual changes... But I personally don't think they are going to be that big...

Lamp0 said,
omg it's the exact same as vista/7

why change something that works fine? let people mod it if they want...

Lamp0 said,
omg it's the exact same as vista/7

you mean, they dont work first on the looks and UI when creating a new OS?
who would have thought?

Lamp0 said,
omg it's the exact same as vista/7

lol yeah it doesn't look anything differently and prob won't perform any better than what Win7 already is. I honestly think MS is pushing this way too fast and shouldn't release Win8 till 2014 .

Lamp0 said,
omg it's the exact same as vista/7

And FAIL on who ever is releasing these leaks. Do they not realize they're breaking an NDA? I know I'll get flamed for this, but...you're not supposed to do that ****.

Lamp0 said,
omg it's the exact same as vista/7
The article says it's an early build, and ther is still plenty of time till Public Beta, so you can expect many changes.

kryten said,

And FAIL on who ever is releasing these leaks. Do they not realize they're breaking an NDA? I know I'll get flamed for this, but...you're not supposed to do that ****.

You do realise that every leak (Phone details/pics, OS builds/images etc etc) are probably breaking a NDA of some sort? As long as they aren't hurting anyone I doubt MS care about the free advertising.

Buttus said,

why change something that works fine? let people mod it if they want...


Agreed! Hope they keep Aero - it's the first UI I would like to keep…

sava700 said,

lol yeah it doesn't look anything differently and prob won't perform any better than what Win7 already is. I honestly think MS is pushing this way too fast and shouldn't release Win8 till 2014 .

good thing you don't run the company