Microsoft Windows 8 Milestone 2 build 7927 leaks

Microsoft's Windows 8 milestone 2 build 7927 appeared on Torrent sites early Monday morning.

Although this is the latest leak to hit the Internet, the build is relatively old, suspected of being compiled earlier this year. Microsoft is well into the 80xx build numbers for Windows 8, and is rumoured to be demonstrating, and possibly giving out, developer builds of Windows 8 next month at Microsoft's annual BUILD conference in California.

Winrumors managed to get a screenshot of the leaked 7927 build and claims that the new build contains unlockable UI elements, new wallpapers and a Betta fish boot screen.

A video has already surfaced on the YouTube of a user demonstrating the features of Windows 8 milestone 2 build 7927

Image source: Winrumors

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Zynga could delay its IPO launch

Next Story

Building Windows 8: The new ribbon-based Explorer

62 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

eh? I'm not so much interested in this build. Whats so special about an older build from december, if there was a more recent one? Real soon we all should be able to get the beta anyway. I'm more excited about the screenies I've been seeing with the Ribbon UI fully implemented. *sigh*... I guess I'll download this too... I mean.. if I have too...

The flat and totally Squared desktop environment is what will make me buy that OS on day 1.

Gonna be great. I'm sick of all those curved corners everywhere. Already many sites adopted Squared Design ( Neowin too ). My OS now and... perfect! Some programs like Fx, I guess will implement a more native design, as always, and will be a bit more squared.

Jack@l said,
Another ms sponsored article?

I know, right? I mean, this is Neowin, how DARE they come out with mostly MS news! HOW DARE THEY.

SteelToast said,
1:16 made my day! UAC now has aero when asking for permission to launch:

Yup, it's been like that since the first leaked build

billyea said,
Why was most of the video just proving that the build was legit? Are all the new features on separate branches?

Old build.

warwagon said,
I really think it should be illegal to have Aero animations turned on in Youtube videos.

Why? The animations are probably the only good thing about Aero.

Callum said,

Why? The animations are probably the only good thing about Aero.

No the Transparency and graphic's acceleration are the only thing good about Aero. The animation just makes windows feel slow. When ever I show customers a before and after maximize and minimize with and without aero animations they always say it feels much faster without arero. As well it should. WIth Aero the windows take a 1/2 a second to fade in. Without aero animations the window just appears.

warwagon said,

No the Transparency and graphic's acceleration are the only thing good about Aero. The animation just makes windows feel slow. When ever I show customers a before and after maximize and minimize with and without aero animations they always say it feels much faster without arero. As well it should. WIth Aero the windows take a 1/2 a second to fade in. Without aero animations the window just appears.

aero is GPU accellerated wheras classic or basic isn't .... it's faster with aero.

remixedcat said,
aero is GPU accellerated wheras classic or basic isn't .... it's faster with aero.

Providing you're not stuck on a corporate system with an ancient intel gpu.....
Then classic rendering is faster.

Dusco25 said,
From what I have seen this whole Windows 8 will be a big fail... Just more hype.

Why? This is months old.

Dusco25 said,
From what I have seen this whole Windows 8 will be a big fail... Just more hype.

and you saw that from a... video which is... really old, not even from milestone 3... not even 8xxx?... so.... ok?

sure a fail. /s

Dusco25 said,
From what I have seen this whole Windows 8 will be a big fail... Just more hype.
Now come on Dusco25, what have we really seen?

Dusco25 said,
From what I have seen this whole Windows 8 will be a big fail... Just more hype.

yes sure what you have seen is from a 7xxx build which means what you saw is still Windows 7 (did you notice the windows 7 theme?)

In a year Windows 8 will be complete just wait until then.

smooth3006 said,
i just hope we get a revised aero and can turn off metro.
I hope their is a feature with which I could turn off such comments.
(kidding, I understand your choice)

This isnt really making me get all happy for WIndows 8, where's the new things, from the few screenshots there more add-ons then doing a rebrand

badsey said,
This isnt really making me get all happy for WIndows 8, where's the new things, from the few screenshots there more add-ons then doing a rebrand

Re-read the article. This is an old build.

McCordRm said,
Is it just me, or does that video make it look like Windows 7 could become Windows 8 with a simple Service Pack install?

Wow.

McCordRm said,
Is it just me, or does that video make it look like Windows 7 could become Windows 8 with a simple Service Pack install?

This release is ages old. A lot of the stuff has been locked down or haven't been implemented yet. Watch the newer videos on the MS blog.

McCordRm said,
Is it just me, or does that video make it look like Windows 7 could become Windows 8 with a simple Service Pack install?

Of course buddy, this video totally shows what the final Windows 8 will be.

McCordRm said,
Is it just me, or does that video make it look like Windows 7 could become Windows 8 with a simple Service Pack install?

best comments ever. people who doesn't know how a OS is developed, a big OS like Windows OS. specially since its a really old build.

I mean... yeah its the final build! thats why its named Milestone 2

and yeah Windows its now now like osx charging for service packs.

McCordRm said,
Is it just me, or does that video make it look like Windows 7 could become Windows 8 with a simple Service Pack install?

Is it just me or is this the exact same stuff people wrote a year before Windows 7s release because it still looked like Vista and the new features were missing?

McCordRm said,
Is it just me, or does that video make it look like Windows 7 could become Windows 8 with a simple Service Pack install?

I could have said the same for OS X Lion. I mean all they did is add a iPad launcher and some tweaks that could easily be applied in one small free update.

So yeah,

McCordRm said,
Is it just me, or does that video make it look like Windows 7 could become Windows 8 with a simple Service Pack install?

Ya, just like NT 4.0 and Windows 7 are identical when you turn on the Classic interface.

There are so many aspects to a basic OS, let alone a OS that is as featured as Windows that a statement like this would be like someone comparing a new Corvette ZR1 and a Ford Model-T because they are both black, and four tires, and a steering wheel.

Even as much as Vista and Windows 7 'look' the same, there is a lot of technology changes under the hood that most people couldn't understand, but appreciate that Windows 7 is snappier and has more capabilities.

This is both a hallmark of what Microsoft does and also what screws them in the press and with people that have the same perspective you do.

It has taken years, and people still think that just because applications written for Win 3.1 and Win95 look and ran the same on XP, that XP was just some updated version of Win95/98/ME or even explained by some 'technical' people as a combination of NT and Win9x. Windows XP was entirely NT, and there was NO code used from the Win9X OSes, yet because programs ran the same and looked the same, this was hard to explain to people.

The same is true of Vista, again, just because software ran and looked the same as it did on XP, people assumed that the changes were 'cosmetic'. However, the whole video subsystem in Vista was new, and even though applications looked the same on Vista, the way they are rendered on the screen is a massively different process, from using the 3D GPU to handle font rendering and other things like bitmap handling from the Win32 API set, all the way to the DWM/Aero composer that managed the onscreen textures. Sure old software looked the same, but it wasn't being processed by Windows the same.

These are both accolades that Microsoft never gets, because they are able to keep the facade of things 'working the same and looking the same' even when the entire OS or the way applications draw/render/display are completely different.

So sure, you can think Win8 is just Win7 with a slapped on new UI, but technically as a computer scientist the difference that are known already would take months to just read through.

I truly wish people that 'like' to follow technology would take time to read the original Inside NT or even do a bit of research on Windows technologies, specifically NT, and why it is NOT like any other OS for specific reasons, that are surprisingly brilliant and give it the ability to evolve and do things that other OSes still cannot do. (One example, GPU pre-emptive Multitasking and GPU SMP, handled by the OS.)

thenetavenger said,
...

I think the removal of the global dispatcher lock from the Kernel was another big engineering feat which allowed for a crazy amount of advancement, the least of which being able to scale the OS to double the previous core/cpu limits!

benplace said,
Didnt Milestone 3 7989 already leak?

Little birdie just told me, "Why yes, back at the beginning of the month."

SHoTTa35 said,
Hmmm, I guess this might be worth a playing around with on my test machine but i want some newer builds!!

There are newer leaked builds. Actually. I have no idea why this was even posted.

Tony. said,

There are newer leaked builds. Actually. I have no idea why this was even posted.

True Beta Collectors like to try out anybuild. Not just the newest build out there.

melted98 said,
can't wait till public beta, think i'll hold of till then

I believe this comment contradicts itself :-P