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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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

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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 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.

"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"

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!!!!

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!

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.

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.

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.

srprimeaux said,
I really like the email status reports and the ability to see what your child is searching for.

These restrictions are very simple to bypass. The built in monitoring for things such as search only work with Internet Explorer so if you let them use another browser that feature does not work. If you restrict them to just IE (which you can do using the Parental Controls) they can use another search engine that is not on the monitor list such as DuckDuckGo or the hundreds of Google proxies. These monitors (currently) only work on the Big Three search engines (Yahoo, Google and Bing IIRC).

When similar tools were sold by Symantec and similar years ago bypassing them was just as easy, just because this is a part of the OS does not mean it is not as simple to bypass.

If a kid wants to play WoW for longer than they are allowed they will find away from one of their peers. This has always been the case and always will be.

Little Timmy spent nearly 24 hours on his computer on Saturday?! I guess his parents have a lot to worry about. Luckily Windows 8 recorded everything so they can get him to a psychiatrist ASAP. Obviously the parents can schedule in some time as well for having major trust issues.

I'm finding it disturbing that they find nearly 24 hours of computing only a "little bit much".

Edited by .Neo, May 14 2012, 7:09pm :

.Neo said,
Little Timmy spent nearly 24 hours on his computer on Saturday?! I guess his parents have a lot to worry about. Luckily Windows 8 recorded everything so they can get him to a psychiatrist ASAP. Obviously the parents can schedule in some time as well for having major trust issues.

I'm finding it disturbing that Microsoft finds nearly 24 hours of computing only a "little bit much".

See my post above (comment to DaveGreen93).

OR Timmy just left the PC on whilst forgetting about it...

GS:mac

.Neo said,
Little Timmy spent nearly 24 hours on his computer on Saturday?! I guess his parents have a lot to worry about. Luckily Windows 8 recorded everything so they can get him to a psychiatrist ASAP. Obviously the parents can schedule in some time as well for having major trust issues.

I'm finding it disturbing that they find nearly 24 hours of computing only a "little bit much".

Maybe he left his computer gold digging or farming in WoW or other similar kind of game...

sviola said,
Maybe he left his computer gold digging or farming in WoW or other similar kind of game...

Timmy needs to be more aware of energy consumption.

.Neo said,

Timmy needs to be more aware of energy consumption.

No, his parents are wealthy, because they work in engineering positions at MS.

Problem solved.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

No, his parents are wealthy, because they work in engineering positions at MS.

I'm hoping they bought some solar panels then, because wealthy or not CO2 emissions are bad all the same.

.Neo said,

I'm hoping they bought some solar panels then, because wealthy or not CO2 emissions are bad all the same.

I know, but I wanted to fake-destroy your argument with a joke!

GS:mac

.Neo said,

Timmy needs to be more aware of energy consumption.

Well, that could be solved if Timmy was riding a bike to power the computer and internet router. It would also help with his lack of going outside, although his social skills would still be lacking due to all this pedalling and WoW playing.

Patiently waiting for this
Hopefully they fixed the audio driver issue with Dell Vostro laptops... no sound from the speakers on board but there is sound when headphones are plugged in... please fix!!!!

Vostro's come with Realtek Audio right? Either that or IDT, just install the Win7 drivers in compatibility mode and should work. Tried it on Duo, Inspiron 14Z and Inspiron 530 desktop.

DaveGreen93 said,
23 hours or so hours on Saturday? Timmy needs to get out more.

Look what his #1 website is...
Timmy does not know what "outside" is!

GS:mac

What I see:
Green Store Icon Confirmed
Messaging seems a lighter purple
Mail turned blue
People turned light blue
Addition of a news app.

Hopefully they'll redesign the activity report to follow the Metro design philosophy (and of course the Family Safety website). I'm disappointed that the activity reports are in the form of email, rather than located in some kind of centre (another app) on the parent's or parents' Windows session/s.

On a brighter note, the built-in apps are looking good, and I see a News app! Hopefully the News app will be evident in the RTM build and linked to Facebook's Open Graph, but considering Microsoft haven't made use of the Open Graph for anything else so far, I doubt it will be

Glassed Silver said,
480p?
High profile tech company?

Am I missing something here?

Obviously you are, the video is bdsams, not Microsoft's.

I'd understand if there was something more in-depth to look at here, but I don't see what the big deal is.

Unless you really wanted to see that mustache in 1080p.

dead.cell said,
I'd understand if there was something more in-depth to look at here, but I don't see what the big deal is.

Unless you really wanted to see that mustache in 1080p.


Ugh... pragmatists...

720p should be bare minimum for anything nowadays, unless it's micro video usage.

Again, Microsoft, they should at least offer 720p, I don't care how unimportant the video might seem.

Webworldx said,

Obviously you are, the video is bdsams, not Microsoft's.


Microsoft's page has the video as well, albeit it's broken for me (can't play it), it doesn't seem to be that much better either way @36MB for 2:45mins.
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/arc...y-safer-with-windows-8.aspx

GS:mac

Edited by Glassed Silver, May 14 2012, 7:36pm :

GetUsed2It said,

not really, staying with win7

Then there's really no need for you to comment on Windows 8 posts then is there unless you have some valuable input? We all know how you feel about Windows 8.

Let parents monitor what their kids are doing

OHH NO END OF THE WORLD.

Really dont like the idea of the time limit. and the fact that EVERYTHING is recorded.

ShareShiz said,
Let parents monitor what their kids are doing

OHH NO END OF THE WORLD.

Really dont like the idea of the time limit. and the fact that EVERYTHING is recorded.

Its been available with windows live family safety for ages, I have it setup for all 3 of the kids and its great. Not watched this vide yet so don't know how its different...

ShareShiz said,
Let parents monitor what their kids are doing

OHH NO END OF THE WORLD.

Really dont like the idea of the time limit. and the fact that EVERYTHING is recorded.

I agree with this completely, New generation of kids are going to have it rough with Windows 8+ around if this trend is going to continue. It may be useful for some adults in general in terms of total usage and ease of remembering certain things. But this could be abused very easily. And who's to say that even without Family Safety ON this stuff isnt monitored already *takes off tin foil hat*


It seems Microsoft is not only cracking down on pirating, they are cracking down on adult websites aswell

ShareShiz said,
Let parents monitor what their kids are doing

OHH NO END OF THE WORLD.

Really dont like the idea of the time limit. and the fact that EVERYTHING is recorded.

Not big brother. Welcome to Big momma.

ShareShiz said,
Let parents monitor what their kids are doing

OHH NO END OF THE WORLD.

Really dont like the idea of the time limit. and the fact that EVERYTHING is recorded.

What's not to like? If you don't want to monitor your kid's activity and set limits, then don't. This is all optional.

Unless of course you yourself are a kid and think your parents might impose this on you, in which case... too bad

duddit2 said,

Its been available with windows live family safety for ages, I have it setup for all 3 of the kids and its great. Not watched this vide yet so don't know how its different...

It hasn't been working at least for me in the DP or CP. I think they're just including it as part of the OS now. I like the feature, it actually did it's job when I was running Windows 7. I'm glad to see it's being ported over to Windows 8.

This feature is for monitoring your child's usage, not track adults, etc. It probably can be used to track peoples usage for malicious reasons but it's obviously not aimed at people for those purposes.

TCLN Ryster said,

What's not to like? If you don't want to monitor your kid's activity and set limits, then don't. This is all optional.

Unless of course you yourself are a kid and think your parents might impose this on you, in which case... too bad


Yeah!
Why care about other people's kids?!!!

If you don't like this sort of "parental" behavior, shut up! lol or so they say...
So, when was the last outcry a mom or dad did something wrong and you agreed with public backslash? Never?

It's just awful to use such tools, so many people embracing them doesn't help it much imho.
It's socially accepted, I see that, but please don't moan when other people find this a horrible way of raising your kids.

GS:mac

ShareShiz said,
Let parents monitor what their kids are doing

OHH NO END OF THE WORLD.

Really dont like the idea of the time limit. and the fact that EVERYTHING is recorded.


You can already do most of this in Windows 7 + Windows Live family safety

BajiRav said,

You can already do most of this in Windows 7 + Windows Live family safety

Additionally, most of these features have been around since NT 4.0 and Win2K days as user policies. They were 'corporate' features, but if a home user was smart would create an account for each family member and turn on filtering and time restrictions that all were baked into the NT policies.

ShareShiz said,
Let parents monitor what their kids are doing

hahahahaha - MUMMY I want WINDOWS 7 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ShareShiz said,
Let parents monitor what their kids are doing

OHH NO END OF THE WORLD.

Really dont like the idea of the time limit. and the fact that EVERYTHING is recorded.

I like it because I can walk away from my 9 year old on the computer and come back with 15 things installed, 17 toolbars on IE and pop ups all OVER the place.

ShareShiz said,
Let parents monitor what their kids are doing

OHH NO END OF THE WORLD.

Really dont like the idea of the time limit. and the fact that EVERYTHING is recorded.

The Family safety features in Windows 7 allows you to restrict peoples time any ways, I hope this feature isn't actually used as I prefer when my brother can access the computer rather than set a random time limit.

Also, I like the fact it records a lot of stuff. I think any one who is a responsible parent should use this, but to be honest. I would only use that if the child was very young. If the child was an actual teenager then I wouldn't want to snoop around.

I'm going to guess that a lot of these stuff will be optional in the report.

ShareShiz said,
Let parents monitor what their kids are doing

OHH NO END OF THE WORLD.

Really dont like the idea of the time limit. and the fact that EVERYTHING is recorded.

I love the time limit As a parent though, i don't have time to watch everything.. i just black list obvious trouble in openDNS or on my router period.

xbamaris said,
Timmy was searching bikini models.

examples by MS tend to be bizarre

plus win8 says, timmy should continue using the PC AFTER midnight if he wants some extra hours! i see a pattern being developed