Microsoft to give out Windows 8 build 8100 at BUILD conference

It's not like it's not completely obvious, but we've received confirmation that Microsoft is planning on giving out a developer preview to attendees at BUILD this week, and the lucky build number? 8100. 

If you're looking for some sort of confirmation on this, a tweet in Russian on September 12 reads;

They say two or three days, Microsoft will give all Windows 8 8100, the so-called Developer preview

We've also heard from independent sources that the build will be a 81xx build, rather than 8100 exactly. Only one question remains, will Microsoft make Windows 8 available just to delegates of the conference, or will it be available online? Previously, at Microsoft's PDC conference in 2009, the company gave out copies to delegates but the general public couldn't get their hands on the bits until the OS hit beta. The build given out at the developer conference is not beta.

However, it looks like this may not be the case this time around, with the "Build Windows 8" twitter account tweeting;

One other thing. Delegates will receive slate PC's with the Windows 8 bits preloaded, too. Microsoft is still being secretive about what the lineup actually is at BUILD, too; with the schedule being under wraps until after the initial keynote.

We'll know exactly what's happening within 48 hours, with Microsoft kicking off the conference on September 13. Neowin will be on the ground at the event, and will be posting as this story develops.

Update: Even more proof! Over on the My Digital Life forums, screenshots of Windows 8 "Developer Preview" has surfaced.

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Has anyone had any news about the Win8 beta program? I've been in several of the recent Windows betas (desktop and server) so hopefully would get an invite for this if it's ever sent. I'm guessing it'll also be on MSDN at some point, so I can grab that one anyway.

I can't wait to try out Windows 8. I'm building a new computer in just over a week's time, so this would be perfect to try on it.

Also, is anybody else getting absolutely pee'd off with MDL Forums' watermarking technique. I can understand want to protect your exclusive images from copying, but those watermarks are making them absolutely useless and worthless. The watermarks block out most of the text and detail on the image. Doesn't really make me want to visit that forum either.

The branding of these screenshots is getting more ridiculous every leak/release, I can understand a logo on a set of screenshots if it was part of a tutorial or guide, but it's just a version number for Christ's sake.

pretty sure you are right, the build given at PDC didnt even have the new task bar.

also on the dev blog they have said bits will be missing

Yeah, but they did give out a dev build. The build we see this week probably won't be beta. Already posted what will be missing (Media Center, upgrade from Windows 7, a few other things...).

Detection said,
7879 leaked, why bother giving out 8100 ?

Oh I don't know! Bugs fixed? Immersive UI? New Copy/Paste? Ribbon Explorer? Make sense? lol

Detection said,
7879 leaked, why bother giving out 8100 ?

Facepalm. So yeah, nothing at all changed between 7989 and 8100. Nothing at all nothing new, no Immersive UI or nothing. Nope same builds /sarcasm.

Despite having tested every single build during Whistler, Longhorn, Vista, and Windows 7, I still haven't tested any of the leaked Windows 8 builds... what a shame. Have I grown up too?
Or am I just to lazy to install and dual boot again? Perhaps I'm just waiting for the right build that will stay activated long enough to jump to another build... yeah its the activation worries. I don't have to deal with that with my bios mod.

Tom W said,
Very premature to say 8100. That's all I'll say on the matter.

I am not counting on anything until Microsoft themselves tell me! Rumors really spread confusion and they suck! lol.

Tom W said,
Very premature to say 8100. That's all I'll say on the matter.

Exactly. And as MS has done before whenever they release a build they change it from the actual to a round number. I still this the build will be 8100

good lockdown then.
I remember how people unlocked the superbar and all.
But that was pretty much the same shell right?
this is something different.

Zain Adeel said,
i did some hunting and at some CHINESE SITES.. the build number is 8102.0.
its not 8100

Says here:

We've also heard from independent sources that the build will be a 81xx build, rather than 8100 exactly.

Owen W said,

Says here:

I feel this is the same like a leaked build. and it will have the Immersive UI locked down.
and what microsoft will show us will be 8100. From the looks of it we didnt get to see a single legit screenshot of the Immersive UI

Zain Adeel said,
i did some hunting and at some CHINESE SITES.. the build number is 8102.0.
its not 8100

It's called locked down. Microsoft don't want it leaked. So this is a 8100 build and to us looks like Windows 7. But when you enter a unique product key it unlocks it so you get Metro Aero, Ribbon Explorer, Tile UI and so forth.

Zain Adeel said,

I feel this is the same like a leaked build. and it will have the Immersive UI locked down.
and what microsoft will show us will be 8100. From the looks of it we didnt get to see a single legit screenshot of the Immersive UI


The immersive UI will be enabled, it doesn't make sense not to have it.... developers want to develop for it, how else will they do so?

Zain Adeel said,

I feel this is the same like a leaked build. and it will have the Immersive UI locked down.
and what microsoft will show us will be 8100. From the looks of it we didnt get to see a single legit screenshot of the Immersive UI

If anything, you could be wrong - the Immersive UI would likely be UNLOCKED if for no other reason than to get public impressions of it. There have been several screenshots (even videos) of the Immersive UI; however, they have come from within Microsoft (mostly Channel9). If Immersive is even a planned option (let alone the default), they WILL want public feedback, and as early as possible. Another reason to unlock Immersive is for testing with hardware - especially traditional keyboards and mice, not touch devices and Surface/Kinect API devices. The Haterade about Immersive so far has come from the keyboard-and-mouse crowd; if their fears about Immersive are indeed groundless, the best way to prove that is to let htem use the Immersive UI as it was designed to be used.

The Aero Interface is again different. With much bigger rounded corners.
If this is the preview build either its very old or very new (latter unlikely),

Zain Adeel said,
The Aero Interface is again different. With much bigger rounded corners.
If this is the preview build either its very old or very new (latter unlikely),


It's been like this for a while now.

losever4 said,
what happened to the other Windows 8 screenshot article ?

They appear to be fake. Hold tight on that one.

I know that the full desktop mode will hardly feature any changes for now.

But what we all know is Microsoft will be focusing on the Immersive UI at Build. And we will get to know almost all of the features it has to offer
and remember..
yet.. we only know about the left side slide out menu. About SNAP. About the cycle open applications. and the start screen. Also a bit of IE10 and some apps like weather pictures video and twitter.

Zain Adeel said,
I know that the full desktop mode will hardly feature any changes for now.
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Really? What makes you say that? I really hope, we get to try the whole thing!

FMH said,

Really? What makes you say that? I really hope, we get to try the whole thing!

The "full desktop" could well be a blend of the Windows 8 (7+) desktop with the Immersive UI (this is indeed how things have been shown in the videos from Microsoft to date) - the assumption that it won't work with a traditional desktop is just that (especially since Windows Media Center works just fine using merely a keyboard and mouse).

Many people may be disappointed. What has leaked from latest screenshots shows that the desktop looks exactly like Windows 7 with only minor tweaks.

I'm sure they will hide as many as possible and only give tools and APIs to developers. Maybe even the new metro start screen will only be available on the Samsung Slates that they hand out.

Superlike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Here is hoping that it comes with all the goodies and is not a too much scaled down version!! Superexcited!!

I sure hope they price win8 decent... I don't feel like throwing out $100 when Win7 already works fine and they can update most of which to do what Win8 is most likely going to do.

Zain Adeel said,
exactly..! make it through monday.
I have college and i just wana stay home the whole week for win8 .. dun wana miss a thing!

same here man, i feel like staying home till i get my hands on this..

gulshan666 said,

same here man, i feel like staying home till i get my hands on this..

haha well i hope so it leaks and i can get it installed on my 3rd HDD this week!.. right now i have made it a Hackintosh.. but i havent run my Snow Leopard install in about 2 months.. thats how much i like windows over OSX.. so ill delete that and install Win8 over it.

Simon- said,
Hopefully will get ImmersiveUI & will be able to start playing with Web Apps for it.

ImmersiveUI is part of this build.

That's awesome! Man I can't wait to check out Windows 8! Hopefully even if pre-release, it has the new UI implemented.

Curious though...they keep saying pre-release, and yeah I hear it's not beta, but how do you know it's not beta quality or better? How do you know the build they'll give to developers is anything better than what they are getting now? Just another enhanced Windows 7...

I know it sounds dumb, but Microsoft may not give out the whole thing in this build...who knows what they got planned.

Sionic Ion said,

I know it sounds dumb, but Microsoft may not give out the whole thing in this build...who knows what they got planned.

I've worried about the same thing, but think of all the details they've given out already. There would be backlash if they didn't give us at least what they've shown.
I think a fair amount of people would love to test simply what they've shown already... let alone stuff they might not have shown.

Also, they NEED devs to build apps. Therefore they should give a nice stable working build of 8.

All things considered, I believe we'll get the latest build of Windows 8

Sionic Ion said,
Curious though...they keep saying pre-release, and yeah I hear it's not beta, but how do you know it's not beta quality or better? How do you know the build they'll give to developers is anything better than what they are getting now? Just another enhanced Windows 7...

I know it sounds dumb, but Microsoft may not give out the whole thing in this build...who knows what they got planned.


As far as I've heard, it's very stable. Remember Windows 7 after PDC two years ago? Solid! I used it as my main OS for a while, it was great.

Sionic Ion said,
Curious though...they keep saying pre-release, and yeah I hear it's not beta, but how do you know it's not beta quality or better? How do you know the build they'll give to developers is anything better than what they are getting now? Just another enhanced Windows 7...

I know it sounds dumb, but Microsoft may not give out the whole thing in this build...who knows what they got planned.

Beta = regular people are semi-invited to install.
Developer preview = anyone messing with the tools will install, but normal people should really stay away.

At this point, I think the APIs are still in flux, and they'll need to solicit feedback from developers about what they need. Everything will be locked down by the time it's in beta, and they'll just be hunting for bugs.

dagamer34 said,

Beta = regular people are semi-invited to install.
Developer preview = anyone messing with the tools will install, but normal people should really stay away.

At this point, I think the APIs are still in flux, and they'll need to solicit feedback from developers about what they need. Everything will be locked down by the time it's in beta, and they'll just be hunting for bugs.

I would normally agree with you, but Microsoft knows what kind of excitment and user-base they've created with all of the Windows 7 testing. Publically released bits will never be the same.

I hope it's full UI and the best they have to offer so far. There will be a ton of people testing this... even if it's limited to the attendees

Owen W said,

As far as I've heard, it's very stable. Remember Windows 7 after PDC two years ago? Solid! I used it as my main OS for a while, it was great.

PDC was around Sep or Oct 2008.

Ive been using Windows 7 for almost 3 years now

I loved testing 7 alpha, beta, and all the other leaked versions

have already started with some of the current leaks.. but I kinda wanna stick with something that wont deactivate my current OS. thats why im waiting for the beta

Sionic Ion said,
Curious though...they keep saying pre-release, and yeah I hear it's not beta, but how do you know it's not beta quality or better? How do you know the build they'll give to developers is anything better than what they are getting now? Just another enhanced Windows 7...

I know it sounds dumb, but Microsoft may not give out the whole thing in this build...who knows what they got planned.

It's pre-release, so may or may not be public for everyone (It'll leak either way). The only builds ready are pre-beta. So public beta will be late this year or early next year.

dagamer34 said,

Beta = regular people are semi-invited to install.
Developer preview = anyone messing with the tools will install, but normal people should really stay away.

At this point, I think the APIs are still in flux, and they'll need to solicit feedback from developers about what they need. Everything will be locked down by the time it's in beta, and they'll just be hunting for bugs.

Except that the first CTP (in fact, all of them) of Vista was more stable than the shipping XP, and it was more in flux than Windows 8 is today. One big issue with 8 at this point (as it was with 7, Vista, even XP) will be driver changes (primarily to take advantage of API additions and changes, as the basic APIs have changed little from a driver POV), which is why CTPs are necessary. I'm actually thinking that there *will* be a CTP of 8 distributed *directly* (not leaked) at BUILD, for three reasons:

1. Driver commonality testing (how well existing 7 drivers work, or not, with 8)
2. Application commonality testing - what application patches, other than those to take advantage of new/changed APIs, will be needed to work with Windows 8.
3. First-stage wide hardware-pool testing - as big as the internal testing pool is, it doesn't cover all the hardware out there (I'm referring to shipping hardware, not hardware in development). Wide testing against the hardware base (especially the Windows 7 base) is necessary - do we really want another ME?

Well, even if its not available to the public, I am sure someone at the conference will torrent before the day is out.

Mr. Dee said,
Well, even if its not available to the public, I am sure someone at the conference will torrent before the day is out.

Of course. Which is why this is good news for everyone

Sionic Ion said,
I love Microsoft lately...so down to Earth and normal... It's turning out just like Mango did.

Humility serves a company far better than a bolstering attitude.

I'm just surprised about the almost total lack of major leaks about Windows 8. Can you remember the last time we knew almost nothing about what a company was going to announce before an event?

Exciting!

Seems Microsoft finally got "Achievement earned: TOTAL LOCKDOWN!"

dagamer34 said,

Humility serves a company far better than a bolstering attitude.

I'm just surprised about the almost total lack of major leaks about Windows 8. Can you remember the last time we knew almost nothing about what a company was going to announce before an event?

Exciting!

Seems Microsoft finally got "Achievement earned: TOTAL LOCKDOWN!"

I think it is because the new experience is different, new eye candy, it's a new layer that sits on Windows, but it does not need testing by those that are getting the build...they basically get the juiced up enhanced version of Windows 7, but the new stuff is disabled and they are locking it down more than just Windows Activation technologies like they used to.

Longhorn was one of a kind...it was only 3-4 years after eye candy for computers came out...nobody really thought of it...how 3D our desktops could be...how high-resolution, how fast, how...pretty much everything it does today.

Before XP was just Windows 2000 and it was really ugly... Everybody wanted a taste of this new OS, so everybody leaked it. But now we all moved on, you can definitely see that with everybody after the new tablets and smartphones coming out every week.

Sionic Ion said,

I think it is because the new experience is different, new eye candy, it's a new layer that sits on Windows, but it does not need testing by those that are getting the build...they basically get the juiced up enhanced version of Windows 7, but the new stuff is disabled and they are locking it down more than just Windows Activation technologies like they used to.

Longhorn was one of a kind...it was only 3-4 years after eye candy for computers came out...nobody really thought of it...how 3D our desktops could be...how high-resolution, how fast, how...pretty much everything it does today.

Before XP was just Windows 2000 and it was really ugly... Everybody wanted a taste of this new OS, so everybody leaked it. But now we all moved on, you can definitely see that with everybody after the new tablets and smartphones coming out every week.

You mean NT 4 (Workstation and Server), not Windows 2000. There was a reason for that, and it had entiirely everything to do with targeting: NT was the workstation/server "serious" OS, and was not supposed to have anything remotely "fun", like being able to dress up your desktop, let alone being able to game on it (why else is it that a grand total of one game from Microsoft - the 1995 porting exercise Fury3, was ever officially entitled to wear the "Designed for Windows NT" logo?). The "fun OS" with the "serious core" was what Neptune (the killed *consumer* verison of Windows 2000 Professional) was supposed to be.The same folks that had Neptune killed - chicken IHVs and OEMs - foisted Windows ME (aka Windows Me-OUCH) upon the planet entire.

dagamer34 said,

Humility serves a company far better than a bolstering attitude.

I'm just surprised about the almost total lack of major leaks about Windows 8. Can you remember the last time we knew almost nothing about what a company was going to announce before an event?

Exciting!

Seems Microsoft finally got "Achievement earned: TOTAL LOCKDOWN!"

If you recall before 6801 of Windows 7 there were about as many or fewer leaks and most leaks occurred afterwards.

dagamer34 said,

Humility serves a company far better than a bolstering attitude.

I'm just surprised about the almost total lack of major leaks about Windows 8. Can you remember the last time we knew almost nothing about what a company was going to announce before an event?

Exciting!

Seems Microsoft finally got "Achievement earned: TOTAL LOCKDOWN!"

Major leaks started just before the first beta. After 7100 was released, it was constant minor builds bumps, we even seen the Superbar go through a few changes along the way (Seen how it was developed to what it is now).

Sionic Ion said,
I love Microsoft lately...so down to Earth and normal... It's turning out just like Mango did.

I guess loosing huge numbers in the browser, phone, tablet and (portable) media player markets humbles a company. Except for Windows Microsoft learned the hard way they're not invincible in any way and big mistakes were made.