Microsoft shows off Pre-Release Preview build of Windows 8

 

Microsoft has just crafted a new post that outlines the upcoming features in the Release Preview that highlight keeping your family safe while browsing the web. You can head on over to the post here to learn more about those features but one interesting point is that Microsoft posted up a video of the features in action.

The key takeaway here is that this is a post Consumer Preview build and possibly a Pre-Release Preview build or the Release Preview itself. Microsoft does not say what the build number is that they are showing off, but there are a few small changes including the Mail App icon.

The video highlights the safety features at a high level that will assist you in monitoring your family’s activities on the machine. These will be of immense help to parents who want to monitor not only what their children are viewing online but also how long they are spending on the computer.

See something new in the video that is not present in the Consumer Preview? Let us know in the comments below. 

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parallele90 said,
anyone noticed the News Tile ?

Yep. I'm hoping it's a rehash of the RSS reader application included in the Developer Preview.

The Windows 8 haters will jump on anything, even a hypothetical situation used in a demo video. Just so long as its Windows 8 related, out comes the bile. You guys really need to let it go and stick to your Windows 7, as you keep on claiming. You're only going to see more, not less, of Metro in future Windows versions, moaning about it wont help.

oliver182 said,

what are you 10?

... It was meant as a tongue-in-cheek joke to some of the Windows 8 detractor's choice words for the OS that I've seen around the net.

I do like the time limit feature. But as most kids will do...if they use up all their time on the computer...they continue on their smart phone.

Time to tie in some Windows Phone then you can monitor there as well and limit usage there too

Hey Microsoft, you are welcome! I expect a check in the mail, thanks!

If you didn't realize that its tied to your live now Microsoft id which is on your windows phone too and I would imagine it will sync to the wp8 phone too.

korupt_one said,
If you didn't realize that its tied to your live now Microsoft id which is on your windows phone too and I would imagine it will sync to the wp8 phone too.

I hope we find out late June!!!!

"Any user who has a password must enter it when waking this machine", "More options online" and "trust this PC" buttons/links in the "Users" settings tab, tile colors changed, new background design, news, camera, and people hub apps added, buttons added/shuffled in the Mail app, Timmy uses his computer for 23 hours on Saturdays?!, the scroll bar doesn't show up when you move your mouse on the start screen, indicating that it might be gone, and finally it would appear that now start screen tiles can use icons as their "names" (shown in the bottom left hand corner) instead of just being limited to words ex. the people icon is shown in the bottom left hand corner of the tile instead of the words "People Hub"

I like the stats feature. It'd be cool if I could have stats of my usage. Most visited sites by pages, daily time usage, downloads, etc. I'd like to see my own stats.

I don't know what build this is, but there's NO restart/sleep/shutdown in the profile picture when he switched to TImmy account. Was there rumor that they added these functions already?

KevinN206 said,
I don't know what build this is, but there's NO restart/sleep/shutdown in the profile picture when he switched to TImmy account. Was there rumor that they added these functions already?

Those controls are in the "Settings" option in the charms bar. This has been discussed already.

I think this is a good idea over all for reallyoung children. The use case they provided was a bit provocative... it would be nice if parents have choice on how much detail they want to see in order to give their children a better level of privacy. I'm sure that was just a simple case. They should also, categorize the applications and control run time that way... it will be interetsing to see just how much control you get.

Now if they would only put these kind of parental controls on the game consoles. And developers could use such a system to display different versions of their games based on age and parental settings.

This is very nice. I must admit. The question is how can I have this feature without it being considered a child account?

Great news for parents with children.
Missing--the old, intuitive icons used by millions of adults over the past decades. Oh well, Windows-7 will live a long time.

There is a much better way to keep children away from computers: INTERACT with them; go playing, go to the park, read a book together etc. etc.

Much, much better for them and for parents too.

Anyone else notice how, towards the end, when the camera moves, the "display" on the monitor is static? Makes me want to know what's REALLY on that display!

Timmy can't easily navigate to porn folders anyway, he's lost and confused by the tile UI...and also insulted by its Fisher Price like look

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