New Charms bar and Metro wallpaper pattern revealed in leaked Windows 8 shots

At the beginning of this past weekend, we were treated to a weird surprise currently in confidential Windows 8 builds - the lack of an onscreen Start orb. This morning we have more shots coming from build 8220. The Start orb is still missing, but besides that, there is a new interesting addition compared to the Developer Preview.

The black Charms bar seems to have fallen out of favour, replaced with this rather elegant appearance of floating on-screen white icons. We can assume this screenshot was taken on a device lacking touch or stylus input, given the Show Desktop button's narrow width, as opposed to a thicker appearance on touch-capable devices. This could possibly signify that the existing Charms bar for keyboard and mice-only computers, as seen below, is no more:

The other shots, leaked via the Chinese forum PCBeta, contains one example of an alternate pattern to the Metro Start screen:

Additional screenshots are available below. Other smaller revelations include a locked-down Windows Store, a new UI for selecting language settings, and confirmation of per-folder grouping in the All Programs view. There is also an option in Internet Explorer 10's about window to enable automatic updates of the browser.

Images via PCBeta.com; thanks gulshan666 for the tip on the forums!

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dotf said,

I want my Microsoft experience to be consistent across devices thank you very much.

I want to write on a desktop, I want to touch a desktop (I do today, HP touchsmart).

Even if I didn't, I would be ****ed off at MS if someone made a great Metro style app I couldn't live without, only to have Microsoft tell me no.
I don't think so.


I'd rather have dedicated UIs that are perfectly suited for the available input, which renders something like Metro/Touchscreens completely useless for my PC usage…

IMHO: consistent input is not as important as perfectly suited input! Imagine the iPad would have been released with OSX instead of iOS just for the sake of consistent input with Macbooks and iMacs, it would have failed. That's exactly they kind of stuff Microsoft currently does by pushing everything into Metro…

Mayhem said,
Maybe in Final build the reg tweak to disable the metro and enable the win7 Start Menu still works
Pretty unlikely, they have probably removed the code showing 7 start menu (which is worse than the new one, there is no reason to prefer the old one).

Anthonyd said,
Pretty unlikely, they have probably removed the code showing 7 start menu (which is worse than the new one, there is no reason to prefer the old one).

I believe a regsvr command will do the job. Same as enabling Windows Media Player Toolbar (Worked for me in DP).

Jose_49 said,

I believe a regsvr command will do the job. Same as enabling Windows Media Player Toolbar (Worked for me in DP).
Ever heard of code cleanup? It always happen at the end of the project.

Anthonyd said,
Ever heard of code cleanup? It always happen at the end of the project.

Who knows, maybe we could get a nice surprise

Mayhem said,
Maybe in Final build the reg tweak to disable the metro and enable the win7 Start Menu still works

People hated the Superbar when the Taskbar got replaced in Windows 7, there was a reg hack to get the old one back, this was removed when it RTM'd, and this has happened in the past as well so please don't get your hopes up...

Tony. said,

People hated the Superbar when the Taskbar got replaced in Windows 7, there was a reg hack to get the old one back, this was removed when it RTM'd, and this has happened in the past as well so please don't get your hopes up...


what are you talking about, the old Win9x bar is still there, just set your theme to classic -.-

One of the things I would like to have them fix is the amount of space taken when you click the network icon. They should do it so that it doesn't cover up the right part of the taskbar.

Jose_49 said,
One of the things I would like to have them fix is the amount of space taken when you click the network icon. They should do it so that it doesn't cover up the right part of the taskbar.
Why? It's hiding some results and since your attention is focused on the network panel, you shouldn't want to look at the notifications icons.

Arum Koub said,
Why not to square buttons and the rest of other controls? For me it looks semi-baked to date.

Thats because it isnt anywhere near being completed yet. It isnt even near release candidate yet.

I love reading comments about the complaints of changes in every OS. The ironic thing is these complainers will all most likely be using the new OS and will adapt. Change is a good thing, people.

briangw said,
I love reading comments about the complaints of changes in every OS. The ironic thing is these complainers will all most likely be using the new OS and will adapt. Change is a good thing, people.

True, i like the changes Ubuntu did and every change they did was good. This change MS did is not good.

If Apple made such drastic changes people would be giving up their first born to try it. Microsoft does it and people complain, or say it is stupid.

I hope with win8 microsoft rolls out its own laptops with a sleek design and touch gestures, backlit keyboard. I love the touchpad and the form factor of a MBP. I'm just not a fan of osx.

CrisCr0ss said,
If Apple made such drastic changes people would be giving up their first born to try it. Microsoft does it and people complain, or say it is stupid.

I hope with win8 microsoft rolls out its own laptops with a sleek design and touch gestures, backlit keyboard. I love the touchpad and the form factor of a MBP. I'm just not a fan of osx.

If anything, we'll be getting more tablets, and or transformer/flip style touch laptops instead.

CrisCr0ss said,
If Apple made such drastic changes people would be giving up their first born to try it. Microsoft does it and people complain, or say it is stupid.

I hope with win8 microsoft rolls out its own laptops with a sleek design and touch gestures, backlit keyboard. I love the touchpad and the form factor of a MBP. I'm just not a fan of osx.

I think you are looking for an Ultrabook, which have been presented on W8 since sep.

People are dumb and want MS to make PC, whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?

Confusing interface, so much inconsistency. So how would you get to certain shortcut on start created in subfolder after installing visual studio? From screenshots i have no idea.

Those icons inside Tiles looks out of place. I don't understand this breaking of work flow by going from desktop to metro and back to desktop. PC Settings looks useless, will require extra clicks to get to the content which matters.

I see they are about to kill old start menu completely. Looks like solution is going to be to put shortcuts on desktop to avoid Metro unless i can fit everything i need by using quick lunch instead of Windows 7 taskbar like due its size.

Why did MS created Metro when there is huge chunk of unused space of Desktop itself minus taskbar? I do not understand this at all.

Did Microsoft fixed actual Search function. When i go to start in Windows 7 and i search for specific dll file, it doesn't find it...quite useless since i don't need to search where is my shortcut for photoshop cause i see it right there on desktop or pinned on task bar.

What's up with flat interface, there is no nice touch to it, looks plain.

IE10 looks good, only thing i can take as positive from this.

Greatly interested in SP2 for Windows 7!

Media Center what is that? Doesn't even play MVK files.

What will be Windows Classic theme now? Is it going to fall back to Windows 7 interface?

Edited by techguy77, Feb 6 2012, 4:31pm :

techguy77 said,
Confusing interface, so much inconsistency. So how would you get to certain shortcut on start created in subfolder after installing visual studio? From screenshots i have no idea.

Those icons inside Tiles looks out of place. I don't understand this breaking of work flow by going from desktop to metro and back to desktop. PC Settings looks useless, will require extra clicks to get to the content which matters.

I see they are about to kill old start menu completely. Looks like solution is going to be to put shortcuts on desktop to avoid Metro unless i can fit everything i need by using quick lunch instead of Windows 7 taskbar like due its size.

Why did MS created Metro when there is huge chunk of unused space of Desktop itself minus taskbar? I do not understand this at all.

Did Microsoft fixed actual Search function. When i go to start in Windows 7 and i search for specific dll file, it doesn't find it...quite useless since i don't need to search where is my shortcut for photoshop cause i see it right there on desktop or pinned on task bar.

What's up with flat interface, there is no nice touch to it, looks plain.

IE10 looks good, only thing i can take as positive from this.

Greatly interested in SP2 for Windows 7!

Media Center what is that? Doesn't even play MVK files.

What will be Windows Classic theme now? Is it going to fall back to Windows 7 interface?

Or you could do like me and install visual studio in the damn thing, that would answer your question. Why pontificate over screenshots?

burnblue said,

Or you could do like me and install visual studio in the damn thing, that would answer your question. Why pontificate over screenshots?

I have played with developer version, from these screenshots it doesn't seem like there will be lot of changes, start orb is missing though. It is different than what was between Windows XP and Windows Vista since at that time Windows Vista was promising a lot more and DX10.0 was very exciting on paper. It is one of those deals when you feel not willing to accept something new but eventually over the time you have to because you are forced by a nature of work you do for living. It is very upsetting. If i could just find Vistual Studio replacement for Linux i would be free And don't get me wrong. Metro is great for Windows Mobile namely Phone and i do have one. But if someone told me that Desktop interface is coming to my Phone i would be ****ed with passion same way i am when someone mentions Metro for PC. I think most people here got my opinion wrong.

techguy77 said,
......

stop spouting the same trash and listen to the people that yell at you.
it's that simple.

instead of being negative, be postitive.
that's simple too.

dotf said,

stop spouting the same trash and listen to the people that yell at you.
it's that simple.

instead of being negative, be postitive.
that's simple too.


yeah, he should just unterstand that his opinion is wrong and Microsoft knows what's best for all users. It's so much easier once you stop thinking yourself and accept that others do that for you…

MFH said,

yeah, he should just unterstand that his opinion is wrong and Microsoft knows what's best for all users. It's so much easier once you stop thinking yourself and accept that others do that for you…

That is the foundation of society, yes. Offload the less important to those who have a vested interest in the subject. The sad thing is that in the IT world those of us who consider ourselves experts are a mere revolution away from obsolesce yet still consider ourselves experts and better than the company that facilitates hundreds of billions of dollars worth of GDP the world over.

The reality is that most of us are gas jockeys in a world that is phasing full serve in favor of profits, which will be rung up on a Microsoft point of sale system.

techguy77 said,
...

WMP plays MKV files just fine, just get the codec...
besidse MKV sucks anyways, so far cant even seem any advantage for it over .avi except for the supported subtitles without the need of an extra file.

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