Even More Windows 8 beta 8220 screenshots and features leak out

Windows 8 beta screenshots continue to be released on the Internet as we await word on when Microsoft will finally and officially launch the "consumer preview" of its next PC operating system. Today the reliable Windows 8 beta information site Winunleaked.tk has released a number of new screenshots from the 8220 beta build along with some more information about the build's features.

As we have reported before this build of Windows 8 no longer has a "Start" button, which has already caused a ton of comments among long time Windows users. Winunleaked.tk gives a list of the new features in the build, some of which have been revealed before:

  • new ImmersiveUI icon set
  • new background set for the Start Page
  • new shortcuts for the Charm Bar
  • new Apps menu template
  • no more Microsoft Confidential watermark, neither on the desktop or in the WinVer
  • no security hash
  • no start button
  • a lot of bugfixes
  • new Ribbon organization
  • new branding : « Windows 8 Consumer Preview »
  • new organisation for splitted touch keyboard

The author also gives his own opinion of the Windows 8 8220 consumer preview version after five days of using it, saying:

This build is really fine to run, fast, much more faster than Windows 7 SP1. Using it with a mouse is pleasant, less sh****y than 8102.101 (Windows 8 Developer Preview)

The new screenshots show off features such as the Install screens, such as the one below

There's also some new views of the Windows 8 Start Screen, including showing off the Windows Store icon.

 

Another screenshot shows all of Windows 8's apps on one big screen:

Yet another screenshot shows how you can change your PC setting in a menu without having to leave the desktop:

Images via Winunleaked.tk

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Take a look at the last screenshot, Look at the size of the font on the desktop icons. Then take a look at the Huge font on the menu to the left. This seems like a wast of space to me.

i hope win8 will finally be released bundled with Zune, ms sec essentials, live mail, live photo gallery, live writer, Live call, Skype etc. I think this will push a lot of MS services to people and I don't mean download shortcuts, i mean fully installed just like WMP. Maybe Apple might stop bithcin about Windows not having a mail app from out the box

I am trying to find consistency among all these screenshots and can't find any. If i didn't read about Windows 8 anything i would think those are images of couple different Operating Systems.

Is Enterprise Windows 8 version going to be different, maybe Metro being disabled? They can't expect from any Company to suddenly switch interface on their users, especially those 40+. The Training would cost lot of money and lot of production hours would be lost. I suspect those already upgraded to Windows 7 will skip Windows 8 and those planning to upgrade will probably choose Windows 7 over Windows 8 due familiar interface.

Again Windows 8 is consumer OS, home users being aimed.

techguy77 said,
Is Enterprise Windows 8 version going to be different, maybe Metro being disabled?

Any developer who likes his time more than his job will disagree.
Metro does belong in the enterprise.
Metro belongs everywhere there is a Microsoft Kernel running the chipset.
Metro reduces friction associated with 'learning computers' by making things more natural and intuitive.

It looks like a horrible mess, it will be awful for older people who still use XP who must finally upgrade their machine and get Win 8. Imagine trying to support these people through a Windows 8 transition. Yikes.

Wow, all the moaning over a silly icon. Maybe the person that leaked the screens had the desktop personalized like that? I'm sure there are options like that. I also wish people would stop groaning about the start button too. You'll be amazed and how much you DON'T need it. Start>programs>programfolder>program is so horribly inefficient. If you use it then PIN it to the task bar. Those ever so popular Macs don't have a start button either.

It's interesting how they are trying to solve the problem of the metro and common taskbar integration.. They should make them one unique desktop, find unification, instead this horrible thing they are doing. Consolidate the design, man.

Sasa_RI said,
I hope that our graphic cards would be powerful enough for this complex graphics :-)

To be fair, there are far more animations in Metro apps than the typical Windows program.

Every time i see a new screens leak out, i expect some of eye candy icons, translucid windows, ribbon UI, great effects, great user interface.
But when i see this screenshots, Windows 3.1 comes to my mind somehow. And metro really, really sucks.

I think these screenshots shown here are taken out of context. Canouna is the person who leaked it mentioning it to "downgrade" for the review. I think a lot of the icons there were intentionally changed.

When Lion first previewed in 2010, people on both sides of the Apple/MS fence mocked the Launchpad. Now I see in the 3rd screenshot MS have their very own launchpad now.

Will be interesting to see how this plays out to those that once criticised Apple for doing it

chrispinto said,
When Lion first previewed in 2010, people on both sides of the Apple/MS fence mocked the Launchpad. Now I see in the 3rd screenshot MS have their very own launchpad now.

Will be interesting to see how this plays out to those that once criticised Apple for doing it

I still don't like Launchpad, but unless it's directly invoked you never have to see it.

For all of the people complaining, why dont you start your own company and create your own OS and UI. Seems like people just dont want a change.

-=SEDIN=- said,
For all of the people complaining, why dont you start your own company and create your own OS and UI. Seems like people just dont want a change.

Usually you change for the better...(speaking of the PC desktop ver.)

lunarworks said,
This, ladies and gentlemen, is why you have ONE person, and one person only, with final say on design.

You don't have to use it, Windows 7 won't self destruct in 10 seconds just because Windows 8 is out!!!

neo158 said,

You don't have to use it, Windows 7 won't self destruct in 10 seconds just because Windows 8 is out!!!

oooh nooooes!!!! run away!!!! it's gonna blooow!

3dfxman said,
The more i see, the more i love Windows 7.

Welcome to sounding like everyone in 1995 who said they preferred Windows 3.1, and everyone in 2001 who said they preferred Windows 2000, and everyone in 2006 who said they preferred XP.

You've become "one of those people".

Joshie said,

Welcome to sounding like everyone in 1995 who said they preferred Windows 3.1, and everyone in 2001 who said they preferred Windows 2000, and everyone in 2006 who said they preferred XP.

You've become "one of those people".

What would you call those people exactly?

3dfxman said,

What would you call those people exactly?


*blink* I...I put it in quotes and everything. You even just repeated it.

It's like you just asked me what I'd call yellow (hint: it rhymes with yellow).

Nobody says anything about drivers. I assume the Windows 7 drivers will work fine with the CP build? Otherwise, we have a problem...

TDT said,
Nobody says anything about drivers. I assume the Windows 7 drivers will work fine with the CP build? Otherwise, we have a problem...

Actually they have said everything that needs to be said on the subject. 99+% of everything that worked on Windows 7 will work on Windows 8.

TDT said,
Nobody says anything about drivers. I assume the Windows 7 drivers will work fine with the CP build? Otherwise, we have a problem...

This isn't 9x->xp or xp->vista.
Microsoft have a driver model that has been maturing since Vista.
Hell, I bet even vista drivers will work on 8.

I'll give the Consumer Preview a try in a VM but when it hits Retail I'll get a Windows 8 Tablet and keep Windows 7 on my Desktop and Laptop.

That might change once I try the Consumer Preview though.

neo158 said,
I'll give the Consumer Preview a try in a VM but when it hits Retail I'll get a Windows 8 Tablet and keep Windows 7 on my Desktop and Laptop.

That might change once I try the Consumer Preview though.


So in other words, you've not tried Windows 8 yet and you have no idea what you're going to do in the future.

TCLN Ryster said,

So in other words, you've not tried Windows 8 yet and you have no idea what you're going to do in the future.

FYI I did use the Developer Preview and liked it, but I feel that I won't buy it to install on my Desktop or Laptop I'll just buy a Windows 8 tablet instead.

However, once I try the Consumer Preview that might change my mind about installing it on my current machines.

I like in the T&Cs it mentions a load of apps, so hopefully in the Windows Store, we should see beta versions of the Mail, People, Messenger, Photos, SkyDrive etc apps

I hope that the business orientated versions of Windows 8 don't default to the above look. Not everyone stands up at work with a huge touchscreen monitor in front of them (nor does anyone at home, but Microsoft seems to have been misinformed on the matter).

One can pray that a simple connection to a domain will resolve Windows 8's UI problems - or a simple option in themes or display settings? It looks great for tablets and for touchscreens and will work brilliantly with Kinect integration but for those of us who are happy and more productive with a mouse or those who have limited movement, what is wrong with simple hardware detection and then displaying the appropriate desktop?!

comecon said,
I hope that the business orientated versions of Windows 8 don't default to the above look. Not everyone stands up at work with a huge touchscreen monitor in front of them (nor does anyone at home, but Microsoft seems to have been misinformed on the matter).

One can pray that a simple connection to a domain will resolve Windows 8's UI problems - or a simple option in themes or display settings? It looks great for tablets and for touchscreens and will work brilliantly with Kinect integration but for those of us who are happy and more productive with a mouse or those who have limited movement, what is wrong with simple hardware detection and then displaying the appropriate desktop?!

The server version does.

comecon said,
I hope that the business orientated versions of Windows 8 don't default to the above look. Not everyone stands up at work with a huge touchscreen monitor in front of them (nor does anyone at home, but Microsoft seems to have been misinformed on the matter).

One can pray that a simple connection to a domain will resolve Windows 8's UI problems - or a simple option in themes or display settings? It looks great for tablets and for touchscreens and will work brilliantly with Kinect integration but for those of us who are happy and more productive with a mouse or those who have limited movement, what is wrong with simple hardware detection and then displaying the appropriate desktop?!

I wasn't aware that a touchscreen was required for any of the Windows 8 stuff. I'd really like to know where you read that so I can go read it too.

comecon said,
I hope that the business orientated versions of Windows 8 don't default to the above look.

As an enterprise developer, I'm looking forward to migrating my web apps to Metro front ends.
I envision using the charms infrastructure to share disparate datatypes between enterprise systems without relying on the various product groups to cooperate on big projects.

Cyborg_X said,
I'm hoping that last shot is a joke.

I still hope that all of windows 8 is a joke. Else I see a lot of unemployed designer.

thekim said,

I still hope that all of windows 8 is a joke. Else I see a lot of unemployed designer.

You stick on Windows 7 then like a good little troll

thealexweb said,
Why no start menu? Enterprise users are gonna be ****ed if there's no way of bringing it back up.
Company are still running XP, and they'll upgrade to 7 if they have to.

thealexweb said,
Why no start menu? Enterprise users are gonna be ****ed if there's no way of bringing it back up.

There's no start menu on Macs, and I've heard they're getting quite popular these days.

Really, with smart phones, people are pretty used to "here's all of your programs" type launchers. Only the least computer savvy out there are going to be totally confused.

thealexweb said,
Why no start menu? Enterprise users are gonna be ****ed if there's no way of bringing it back up.

The start screen does everything the old start menu did. It's just bigger and styled differently than aero.

thealexweb said,
Why no start menu? Enterprise users are gonna be ****ed if there's no way of bringing it back up.

They want a start menu to launch their classic legacy desktop apps? The new start screen can do that, quite easily.

threetonesun said,

There's no start menu on Macs, and I've heard they're getting quite popular these days.

Really, with smart phones, people are pretty used to "here's all of your programs" type launchers. Only the least computer savvy out there are going to be totally confused.

there is too a "start" menu on the mac, it's called the apple menu, its been there since Mac OS1 basically... the start menu was a copy of it basically... heck it use to even have a "programs" menu on the apple menu, if you remember the old apple menu http://origin.static.arstechni...ages/apple-menu-classic.gif

even the current apple menu has most of the stuff the current start menu has

thealexweb said,
Why no start menu? Enterprise users are gonna be ****ed if there's no way of bringing it back up.

For the 123456789th time, there will be a GPO to disable Metro stuff, it's already in the DP.

Aethec said,

For the 123456789th time, there will be a GPO to disable Metro stuff, it's already in the DP.

I'm going to go for no.I fully expect Microsoft to remove that option in RTM, and possibly even the Consumer Preview. Quite frankly Microsoft are calling this their riskiest version of Windows for a reason. Microsoft wants EVERYONE to experience in the Immersive interface, even if it is just limited the start screen. Plus, there is a start menu either way

neufuse said,

there is too a "start" menu on the mac, it's called the apple menu, its been there since Mac OS1 basically... the start menu was a copy of it basically... heck it use to even have a "programs" menu on the apple menu, if you remember the old apple menu http://origin.static.arstechni...ages/apple-menu-classic.gif

even the current apple menu has most of the stuff the current start menu has

I've hardly ever used the Apple menu in OS X, except to put a desktop to sleep, or restart. It's hardly comparable to the Windows start menu where all settings and programs are holed up.

My point remains, there's no need for a start menu anymore. And since I doubt Microsoft is aiming this release at companies (many are still working on upgrading to Windows 7), they can use this release to experiment with getting rid of it.

Haha, nice mix of Metro, Windows 7, and Windows 95 icons there.

I assume it'll get better for the final release, but I doubt they'll actually manage to convert all icons to Metro style in time. Microsoft use to have trouble with achieving consistency in just a single new release. Maybe for Windows 9...

lets not forget that there has been major UI changes between beta and RC in win2000, xp, vista and 7 - it still looks unfinished so i still think its going to undergo major changes before RC

jgreenough said,
lets not forget that there has been major UI changes between beta and RC in win2000, xp, vista and 7 - it still looks unfinished so i still think its going to undergo major changes before RC

There certainly weren't any major UI changes between the public beta and RC releases of Windows 7*, unless your definition of 'major' is different to mine. Likewise very little changed visually between Beta 2 and the release candidates of Vista**. I wouldn't hold out hope for any big changes in Windows 8. (Personally, I still refuse to believe that they'll not update the Windows Ribbon's style, but worse things have happened.)

* http://blogs.msdn.com/b/e7/arc...ome-changes-since-beta.aspx
** http://www.winsupersite.com/ar...beta-2-screenshot-gallery-1

all these white icons on single color squares look soooooooo boreing..... Windows 7 felt like MS finally was going in the right direction, Windows 8 feels like they make a 180 and are going back.... (for the desktop version, tablets its going forward)

completely agree, as a desktop user with multiple monitors heavy keyboard and mouse user windows 8 start menu and launch system is starting to really bother me.

neufuse said,
all these white icons on single color squares look soooooooo boreing..... Windows 7 felt like MS finally was going in the right direction, Windows 8 feels like they make a 180 and are going back.... (for the desktop version, tablets its going forward)

Your wrong. I totally disagree. The tiles can change they are like widget much better then static icons of the past. But the

Melfster said,

Your wrong. I totally disagree. The tiles can change they are like widget much better then static icons of the past. But the

didn't know an opinnion could be right or wrong?..... anyways yeah widgets, because those where so popular in windows vista that they reduced the appeal of them in windows 7 to virtually nothing, to the point MS barely cares about widgets now...

and for explorer going through folders, how does tiles and white icons make it better then static icons? you know people are going to still use the desktop UI... I'm not just talking about the "start experience" I am talking about the whole system

neufuse said,

didn't know an opinnion could be right or wrong?..... anyways yeah widgets, because those where so popular in windows vista that they reduced the appeal of them in windows 7 to virtually nothing, to the point MS barely cares about widgets now...

and for explorer going through folders, how does tiles and white icons make it better then static icons? you know people are going to still use the desktop UI... I'm not just talking about the "start experience" I am talking about the whole system


LOL You didn't even read the comment. Icons are static. Tiles can be dynamic notification are better. I just trying point windows 8 does have features that are better then windows 7. I tam not convinced that Windows 8 will be a success but too many people judging the product without having used it.

Melfster said,
Your wrong. I totally disagree. The tiles can change they are like widget much better then static icons of the past. But the

They're not widgets, they are called live tiles. I personally am looking forward to having all my notifications, weather, and other info from apps there at a glance when I turn my PC on. I have no doubt I'll use the classic desktop alot too, but I have no issue with the millisecond it takes to switch between Metro and Classic, if I even have to switch at all, given that I can have classic desktop on one screen and metro on the other. Or even have them both docked side by side.

neufuse said,
you know people are going to still use the desktop UI... I'm not just talking about the "start experience" I am talking about the whole system

You're right, some people will stick to the classic desktop, for whatever reason. And fair play to them, there's nothing stopping them (you) if they (you) can't deal with the changes.

All I'm asking is that people maintain an open mind and not judge something before they've tried it. And by trying it, I don't mean fiddling with the Dev Preview. That doesn't count, and anybody who's written it off already because "they've tried it" is just an idiot. The Dev Preview (as the name clearly indicates) was a shell of a product for developers to test on, it was not representative of how the final product will be for consumers. Also by trying it I mean giving it a fair chance for apps that support Metro to become available. Clearly the new start screen is of limited use if it's just a launchpad for classic apps.

Edited by Ryster, Feb 6 2012, 8:26pm :

TCLN Ryster said,

They're not widgets, they are called live tiles. I personally am looking forward to having all my notifications, weather, and other info from apps there at a glance when I turn my PC on. I have no doubt I'll use the classic desktop alot too, but I have no issue with the millisecond it takes to switch between Metro and Classic, if I even have to switch at all, given that I can have classic desktop on one screen and metro on the other. Or even have them both docked side by side.

You're right, some people will stick to the classic desktop, for whatever reason. And fair play to them, there's nothing stopping them (you) if they (you) can't deal with the changes.

All I'm asking is that people maintain an open mind and not judge something before they've tried it. And by trying it, I don't mean fiddling with the Dev Preview. That doesn't count, and anybody who's written it off already because "they've tried it" is just an idiot. The Dev Preview (as the name clearly indicates) was a shell of a product for developers to test on, it was not representative of how the final product will be for consumers. Also by trying it I mean giving it a fair chance for apps that support Metro to become available. Clearly the new start screen is of limited use if it's just a launchpad for classic apps.

I'm just complaining mainly about the color of the icons really, white icons don't work when you have explorer windows that are, well white! the full color icons looked much better, even in metro, full color icons can look good, just white looks boreing and unfinished

neufuse said,

I'm just complaining mainly about the color of the icons really, white icons don't work when you have explorer windows that are, well white! the full color icons looked much better, even in metro, full color icons can look good, just white looks boreing and unfinished


Don't forget the icon can be anything that the app developer sets, as can the tile background colour. It's entirely up to the app developer what colour their icons and backgrounds are. Ala: http://ghost301tech.files.word.../windows-8-start-screen.png

I agree with you though that on the built in Windows tiles that white is a bit dull, but given the tile background colour is pretty variable, it's probably the only way they can ensure the icon looks reasonable on all colours. Some might argue that having a simple plain white icon for system functions makes them more instantly recognisable at a glance.

That said though, there aren't going to be very many tiles with that white icon. IE10, control panel, windows store, and a couple more. The vast majority of tiles on your start screen will have full colour icons.

TCLN Ryster said,

Don't forget the icon can be anything that the app developer sets, as can the tile background colour. It's entirely up to the app developer what colour their icons and backgrounds are. Ala: http://ghost301tech.files.word.../windows-8-start-screen.png

I agree with you though that on the built in Windows tiles that white is a bit dull, but given the tile background colour is pretty variable, it's probably the only way they can ensure the icon looks reasonable on all colours. Some might argue that having a simple plain white icon for system functions makes them more instantly recognisable at a glance.

That said though, there aren't going to be very many tiles with that white icon. IE10, control panel, windows store, and a couple more. The vast majority of tiles on your start screen will have full colour icons.

That would just look stupid if some icons where white and the rest where full color in the desktop UI... they need a revised icon package that has not only the 16x16 to 256x256 icons in full color, they also need to add a "metro" style icon to the icon package so the UI can pick which icon to use like how they do now with the bit depth for icons

neufuse said,

That would just look stupid if some icons where white and the rest where full color in the desktop UI... they need a revised icon package that has not only the 16x16 to 256x256 icons in full color, they also need to add a "metro" style icon to the icon package so the UI can pick which icon to use like how they do now with the bit depth for icons

I dont envisage the desktop UI to have any desktop icons at all if I'm honest (at least by default)... they already stripped it down to just Recycle Bin in Windows 7, I wouldn't be surprised if this was turned off by default too in Windows 8.

Besides, that Recycle Bin icon has clearly been customised from the default. Who's to say the "Computer" and "Server" icons aren't custom too? Worrying about the desktop icons being white may be a bit premature

TCLN Ryster said,

They're not widgets, they are called live tiles.

No. They are fugly square widgets no matter what MS chooses to rebrand/rename them as.

stevember said,
completely agree, as a desktop user with multiple monitors heavy keyboard and mouse user windows 8 start menu and launch system is starting to really bother me.

You can have a superbar on each monitor. applications pinned there launch there.

No Start Menu is going to take a lot of getting used to. Handy for a tablet but not for my PC unfortunately. Android makes for a nice and cheap tablet - I don't know what to do right now.. will have to try the preview.. better not be change for changes sake.

Orange Battery said,
No Start Menu is going to take a lot of getting used to. Handy for a tablet but not for my PC unfortunately. Android makes for a nice and cheap tablet - I don't know what to do right now.. will have to try the preview.. better not be change for changes sake.

In the DP the 'start menu' was gone - when you clicked on the orb you got the immersive start screen. The 'Start menu' of old is gone, so why keep the orb?

You can still use the regular desktop with explorer and apps pinned to the task bar, hitting the start button on your keyboard then typing an app (you'll be in the immersive start screen here, which allows you to simply type anything to search for it or browse the apps pinned to the screen etc).

Its just new ways of doing things, when you take into account the charms and how apps will share info with each other and the cloud, how win 8 will use skydrive, how the storage technology is shaping up, how fast all this seems in use - I think its something thats got to be played with to be appreciated and cant wait for the CP

wtf? thought it was going backwards in time now I know it! look at the recycling bin icon in the last screen shot..... isn't that from way back in win 95 from the MS Plus Pack? and please no! not monotone system icons too! the my computer icon *gag*

neufuse said,
wtf? thought it was going backwards in time now I know it! look at the recycling bin icon in the last screen shot..... isn't that from way back in win 95 from the MS Plus Pack? and please no! not monotone system icons too! the my computer icon *gag*

The guy who took the screen shots says none of the icons are from the default set, so there you go

JTaylor69 said,
Windows 95 era Recycle Bin icon in the last screenshot!
Bit retro!

The old style recycle bin never really went anywhere, it's always remained as an option to pick from when changing your desktop icons, even in Windows 7. Check out shell32.dll in c:\windows\system32 when choosing the icon

Anyway. I just hope they give you an easy way of docking Recycle Bin into the taskbar in Windows 8. You could do in Windows 7, but if you had it set to large icons (small icons looked weird), it distorted the taskbar a bit and made it a bit too tall.

JTaylor69 said,
Windows 95 era Recycle Bin icon in the last screenshot!
Bit retro!

It just falls back to the old icon since the newer one is corrupted or not there. I am sure they are going for a flat, minimalistic version of it. Just hard to design i guess

foodan said,
1995 calls and says it want it recycle bin back...
Obvious trolling icon is obvious, so many comment about it ...

foodan said,
1995 calls and says it want it recycle bin back...
Wow...that's an old school recycling bin alright lol

foodan said,
1995 calls and says it want it recycle bin back...

Maybe you should make a permanent visit to trollsville 1995?

WP7 said,

Maybe you should make a permanent visit to trollsville 1995?

Yet I am not even trolling. I am a huge supporter of Windows 8 and the Metro UI (Windows Phone 7 owner here). I am just shocked to be seeing old icons 17 years later...

Are you sure you're not the one trolling here?

foodan said,
1995 calls and says it want it recycle bin back...

I've been using that icon on my Laptop with dev preview for a while as well.
Much more awesome than the default icons

foodan said,
1995 calls and says it want it recycle bin back...
totally agree. 41 likes on your comment, apparently it's popular opinion here those crying out troll are the trolls and remind me of the crazy sheeple when confronted with controversial topics. lolololol