New Windows 8 pre-beta screenshots leak out

Windows 8 may not be officially in beta yet, but a new story over at Winunleaked.tk claims that Microsoft is getting close to completing the beta build of their next operating system. The story claims that "Microsoft will sign-off the Beta build this month." If true that either means that the rest of the world will have to wait two whole months before the beta is released to the public in late February 2012 or that perhaps we may get a chance to try out the beta version ahead of time.

In any case, the latest Windows 8 screenshots from Winunleaked.tk supposedly show what's happening in the latest build of the OS, which the story claims was released to testers on Thursday. The Start Screen, shown above, has a new background along with some of the apps available from the Windows Store like Photos, Music, and more.

Yet another screenshot shows the Install menu for the Windows 8 Beta build along with the privacy statement for installing the OS.

Finally there's a menu selection of new desktop wallpaper screens in yet another Windows 8 screenshot that shows a decidedly non-Metro interface.

Images via Winunleaked.tk

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I like the new design, better than Vista/7's Aero (rounded-corners are just stupid in a system basically dealing in sharp-cornered rectangular areas underneath.)

All the naysayers are just retards trying to set themselves apart by pretending to be "too cool" for that new thing. hoo hum. Seen it all before. Every. single. time.

Leaked out? You people MUST be slipping, there was a customer preview (blessed by Microsoft) about 2 months ago.. I would hardly call these "leaked".. they were readily available AND downloadable from MS own site!

Even a working Windows 8 VM....

rijp said,
Leaked out? You people MUST be slipping, there was a customer preview (blessed by Microsoft) about 2 months ago.. I would hardly call these "leaked".. they were readily available AND downloadable from MS own site!

Even a working Windows 8 VM....

The point is that these are updated compared to the Dev preview.

I personally don't like it....... tried the dev preview and I like having my regular start menu and desktop the way it has been since i had my first computer with windows 95...... please microsoft if you want to do this metro UI start screen crap at least make it where it can be disabled for those of us who dont want it other wise ill do like i did when windows vista came out and I didnt like it, I kept windows XP pro and waited for something better. If I dont like Windows 8 illkeep 7 and wait for a change.

codyryanharrod said,
I personally don't like it....... tried the dev preview and I like having my regular start menu and desktop the way it has been since i had my first computer with windows 95......

People who had their first computer with Windows 3.1 felt the same about Windows 95. Proving my last post.

Microsoft shouldn't touch Windows 7 UI except to add Ribbon as they are planning to get more consistent UI. Also to tweak things here and there. Since there is still time, they should kill Metro project. For sure bring all new kernel changes and performance enhanecments.

Metro just doesn't fit to the rest of UI. It is just odd ball and MS should remove it. Brings no value except for Windows Phone and Tablets.

It's meh. Windows 7 is so friggin' awesome, it's hard imagining how you top that and while 8 is the successor apparent, it just isn't different enough to make me want to change/upgrade anytime soon. This is crazy too because I always run the bleeding edge stuff.

I would give my opinion based on being a Windows user since the MS DOS 5 days. But every time I do someone who apparently knows more than me about how I like and use my Windows operating systems tells me I'm wrong. So all I'm going to say is... Good Luck Microsoft!

I actually kinda like the new look. Been using the alpha through a virtual machine. Not bad at all. But it does still feel like a Windows phone rather than a PC. Like yowan said above...

"Dear Microsoft, a PC isn't a Tablet."

The Live tiles in Windows Phone, Window 8 & Xbox360's new dashboard seems to bring back memories of Windows 95 with Internet Explorer's Active Desktop's original concept ( if there was no security issues and more third party developer's working to develop programs for it)

It just goes to show amazingly advanced Microsoft was at that time and if security wasn't an issue how much farther we would be today. we would probably be running something more advanced than the early longhorn prototype they scratched to work on Windows XP SP2 or never even seen the version of Vista we came to know and have been using WinFS along with all of the other features that were dropped because of time constraints.

Well all that aside and Windows is more secure than it ever was before and this will give Microsoft a chance to make their original dreams a reality.

Edited by winrez, Dec 18 2011, 12:34pm :

That's why every detractor + their dog is screaming - they don't want to move on from Windows 7. Basicaly, it's XP all over again (however, without the lack of drivers or application compatibility as a real excuse).

1. Traditional applications and games work in 8102 as well as (or even better than) 7+SP1 - that's not by accident. Immersive (despite the lack of the Start menu) is actually a SUPERset, not a subset, of the Windows 7 UI (otherwise, why would traditional applications, such as Office 2010 and Visual Studio, still work)?

2. I have, in fact, run 8102 (Immersive UI and all) just as I would Windows 7 + SP1 (in fact, alongside 7+SP1) yet despite being installed on the slower of my two hard drives, 8102 pounded 7+SP1 into the turf performance-wise.

3. Whether they realize it or not, the reasons/excuses they are stating are ALL about change and resistance thereto. The applications don't care - name a single application (traditional, that is) that depends on the Start menu. The hardware certainly doesn't care - if it did, Immersive wouldn't even WORK on non-touch devices. Given those two known quantities, what else is there?

Like I said in another thread I for one have absolutely no issues with change. I had no major issues going from Windows to Mac OS X. I loved Apple for introducing Aqua, a totally different experience from Mac OS 9. I thought Windows Aero was the best interface Microsoft put out so far etc.

Fact of the matter is, it's not that I dislike Immersive because it's different. I dislike Immersive because it makes absolutely no sense on a desktop PC or notebook that doesn't have a touch screen. It's an interface that has been designed for touch screen input, all it does is waste screen estate on everything else. While the extremely flat interface elements (text on a solid background) work on a smartphone, it just looks flat and uninspired on larger screens.

You can play the "people are irrational and simply don't like change"-card all you'd like, but that's simply not the whole story.

.Neo said,
Like I said in another thread I for one have absolutely no issues with change. I had no major issues going from Windows to Mac OS X. I loved Apple for introducing Aqua, a totally different experience from Mac OS 9. I thought Windows Aero was the best interface Microsoft put out so far etc.

Fact of the matter is, it's not that I dislike Immersive because it's different. I dislike Immersive because it makes absolutely no sense on a desktop PC or notebook that doesn't have a touch screen. It's an interface that has been designed for touch screen input, all it does is waste screen estate on everything else. While the extremely flat interface elements (text on a solid background) work on a smartphone, it just looks flat and uninspired on larger screens.

You can play the "people are irrational and simply don't like change"-card all you'd like, but that's simply not the whole story.

For the record, I've been running the WDP on a very traditional desktop - no touch interface whatever. The only difference is a non-difference - the keyboard and mouse are wireless (as opposed to wired). You so want to pigeonhole and niche-ify Immersive it's not funny because you want things the way you are used to.

PGHammer said,
You so want to pigeonhole and niche-ify Immersive it's not funny because you want things the way you are used to.

Try reading my post again.

Co-ords said,
Metro SUX... period. If it remains in it's current form, as default UI, many will abandon Window$. My 2c worth...

You underestimate people's ability to adapt....

Or maybe their inability to fight change.

I think they are removing aero glass so that non metro interface can run on low end tablets very easily. So that you can buy a tablet, use the metro interface as a tablet and when you get home you can just dock it for desktop use. Because it wont be using Aero with transparent glass etc you can easily run full windows without a hitch.

Those crude tiles really need "to go away." Any chance that the Metro interface can be disabled by a Control Panel element??? (Microsoft, hint, hint.)

QuarterSwede said,
Even after all these years they still haven't thinned the uselessly thick window borders?

Maybe so you can resize the window?

In 2000 Windows ME was released. Huge fail, some say worst Windows version ever. A little over 6 years later in 2006 Vista was released. Fail, MS even admitted it. And a little over 6 years later Windows 8 will be released..... Hope I'm wrong, this is not even beta and all, but I have a bad feeling about this, all this mixing, a device is a device... but who knows what Microsoft's plans are.

Windows Me ws a failure, yes. But Vista was not as bad as people make it out to be. Did you know that 40% of Vista crashes were attributed to nVidia drivers?

Windows 8 is going to be an even bigger success than Windows 7. Microsoft has really upped their game with 8, going deep into it, being consistent etc.

The 1970's called - it want it's UI back. Who the heck green-lighted this horridly ugly UI? Android looks nice, as does iOS and Windows 7. I mean WTF? This is what's going to replace that?

Joshie said,
Dear everybody who thinks a screenshot of Windows with Aero turned off means Aero is going away:

No.

I know, right? There is a screen shot right above it, with it turned on. Silly people.

Cool, I'm glad MS is moving past the glossy eye candy style that has been going on since xp. I like better the minimalistic approach they are taking with Windows 8. Its so much cleaner and elegant.

Who would use a toucscreen optimized OS on a regular PC with no touch support? That would be useless move considering that tiles and that metro fancy UI makes it more difficult for the average PC user to use the system. Microsoft thinks that this would be a revolution but they're just moving back towards Windows 3.1.1. They just animate the tiles just to make them appear like fancy stuff.
Dear Microsoft, a PC isn't a Tablet.

yowan said,
Who would use a toucscreen optimized OS on a regular PC with no touch support? That would be useless move considering that tiles and that metro fancy UI makes it more difficult for the average PC user to use the system. Microsoft thinks that this would be a revolution but they're just moving back towards Windows 3.1.1. They just animate the tiles just to make them appear like fancy stuff.
Dear Microsoft, a PC isn't a Tablet.

How does metro make it harder? It makes hit targets bigger for mouse users.

~Johnny said,

How does metro make it harder? It makes hit targets bigger for mouse users.


A mouse isn't a finger or some kind of stylus. With Metro UI more clicks will be required in order to access commonly used features. Imagine the confusion with regular PC user who are used to their classic start menu which is actually so easy to use compared to that Metro thingy. Microsoft thinks that everyone is addicted to that WP7 stuff so they ported it to desktops. This move will only hurt themin the end.

yowan said,
...

How is it going to create more mouse clicks? Having been using it since the dev was released I find it a lot easier to use with a lot less mouse clicks than ever before. It'll take a little getting used to at first but people will adapt as always. I love it on the desktop with no touch, very simple to use.

dogmai79 said,

How is it going to create more mouse clicks? Having been using it since the dev was released I find it a lot easier to use with a lot less mouse clicks than ever before. It'll take a little getting used to at first but people will adapt as always. I love it on the desktop with no touch, very simple to use.

With the Start Menu the user just had to click "start" and just type the name of the program to be launched, with Metro UI the user has to locate the tile, scroll to the desired program then launch it. Those tiles take too much space and look far too boring with those ugly colors.
Touchscreen OS on regular PC = Disaster

yowan said,

With the Start Menu the user just had to click "start" and just type the name of the program to be launched, with Metro UI the user has to locate the tile, scroll to the desired program then launch it. Those tiles take too much space and look far too boring with those ugly colors.
Touchscreen OS on regular PC = Disaster

Umm, no. With the Windows 8 start screen, a user just has to press start and type. Exactly the same as Windows 7, just presented in a different layout. It still has the search features all there

Matt Sharpe said,
I hope this is a joke, because those screenshots are hideous.

These are all basic themes in ugly surroundings. It'll look a lot better in motion, on your PC.

~Johnny said,

These are all basic themes in ugly surroundings. It'll look a lot better in motion, on your PC.


In motion it looks terrible too. Metro in this form has no place on regular desktop PCs and notebooks.

I don't see much difference between the "new" UI and Windows 3.11's UI. I'm a big Windows fanboy, but this UI is plain stupid.

Nexx295 said,
I don't see much difference between the "new" UI and Windows 3.11's UI. I'm a big Windows fanboy, but this UI is plain stupid.

Wait until you see it in motion. Windows 3.11 is icons, Tiles are live, animated and fun.

dotf said,

Wait until you see it in motion. Windows 3.11 is icons, Tiles are live, animated and fun.

Moving icons/tiles sounds good in theory, but in reality it will be a cluttered mess.

To me, Metro is a HUGE step backwards in functionality and design, what works on one platform doesn't work on another, Metro may be good for touchscreen devices(for now), but on a desktop/console it is the worst possible design.

Unless I can completely turn this Metro crap off in Windows 8, I'll pass.

dotf said,

Wait until you see it in motion. Windows 3.11 is icons, Tiles are live, animated and fun.

humm sounds like the kinda stuff I disable *LOL* The first thing I always disable is animated min/max/fade in windows / fad in menus / fade out etc....

I'm hoping this isn't the final look of Aero. It needs a major overhaul. Square corners on the window frames and caption buttons isn't gonna cut it. Get rid of the rounded glassy buttons. Replace ALL of the vista icons with more minimal icons, less gradients and glass etc. The ribbon especially needs alot of work. It has the most garish rounded corners and glowy hover effects. The current Aero would just look out of place next to the start screen / metro style app experience. I'm hoping it's because the theme and UX branch hasn't fully been merged with winmain, but it's looking more and more unlikely this close to beta.

I know people are going to scream "its not even beta!" but it just seems like its looking worse and worse by the build.... getting too flat to square, ditching all the stuff that we added in vista and 7 for this...

neufuse said,
I know people are going to scream "its not even beta!" but it just seems like its looking worse and worse by the build.... getting too flat to square, ditching all the stuff that we added in vista and 7 for this...

I agree, it's a step back in my opinion.

Mainer82 said,

I agree, it's a step back in my opinion.

I just feel like I am looking at windows ce, and I hated that feeling back then!

neufuse said,
I know people are going to scream "its not even beta!" but it just seems like its looking worse and worse by the build.... getting too flat to square, ditching all the stuff that we added in vista and 7 for this...

I agree, I think the metro interface fits perfectly for a phone but bringing it to the desktop isn't enough on it's own. It needs that extra kick of life with some more "active" looking icons and interfaces. I'd rather have some prettiness that consistency throughout their other products because me and millions of other Windows users don't have an xbox 360 or a Windows Phone!

neufuse said,
I know people are going to scream "its not even beta!" but it just seems like its looking worse and worse by the build.... getting too flat to square, ditching all the stuff that we added in vista and 7 for this...

I am starting to agree.

Looking good, people may not like the new metro look in Windows 8 but I personally think it's a good change, Aero Lite is ugly though, but the new aero theme is pretty great.. I can't wait to go through all the upcoming changes I'm sure it won't leave everyone disappointed.. it's Microsoft so they know what they're doing.

I'm really liking the start screen now, I can't wait for the beta. Though Aero Lite looks terrible in my opinion, if it's forced upon netbooks then it'll just be ruined. I mean Aero Lite on Windows 7 Starter looks horrid.

Possession said,
I'm really liking the start screen now, I can't wait for the beta. Though Aero Lite looks terrible in my opinion, if it's forced upon netbooks then it'll just be ruined. I mean Aero Lite on Windows 7 Starter looks horrid.

Aero Lite does indeed look bad. It's a step in the right direction, but it tends to look very Windows 95ish.

I don't get the need for changing the look of the desktop UI, there's no new functionality added by removing aero for this WP7 styled UI, it seems it's just change for the sake of change

thealexweb said,
I don't get the need for changing the look of the desktop UI, there's no new functionality added by removing aero for this WP7 styled UI, it seems it's just change for the sake of change

Well, there is not functionality lost either... Does it have to be about functionality?
They want to keep a consistent style.

thealexweb said,
I don't get the need for changing the look of the desktop UI, there's no new functionality added by removing aero for this WP7 styled UI, it seems it's just change for the sake of change

and tens of thousands of hours of research on readability and usability. But hey...

Leonick said,

Well, there is not functionality lost either... Does it have to be about functionality?
They want to keep a consistent style.

Yes, functionality is all important. Make it look nice after the fact.

That hot, dumb blond might give you a serious boner, but after a few months, she'll really start to get on your tits.

thealexweb said,
I don't get the need for changing the look of the desktop UI, there's no new functionality added by removing aero for this WP7 styled UI, it seems it's just change for the sake of change

They're making their User Interface consistant. I mean with WP7 and the 360 now using Metro, Windows 8 without Metro would stick out.

thealexweb said,
I don't get the need for changing the look of the desktop UI, there's no new functionality added by removing aero for this WP7 styled UI, it seems it's just change for the sake of change

This is just a theme - it's the new basic theme that replaces Aero Basic - Aero still exists.

There IS new functionality. It's not just pretty pictures. It's the hub and live tile concept brought to the desktop machines. I've been hoping for this ever since I started using WP7. I'm SO sick of the old desktop---and that's even WITH using the full Stardock suite. I want to kick all old desktop concepts out the flippin' door. Bring on the Metro UI, bring on Metro apps.

thealexweb said,
I don't get the need for changing the look of the desktop UI, there's no new functionality added by removing aero for this WP7 styled UI, it seems it's just change for the sake of change

The second screenshot with the desktop wallpapers is Aero with out the "glass" . Think of it as a replacement for Windows Classic.

Seems like it's all but certain: Watercolor makes its return a decade later. Can't see them keeping Aero glass on the traditional desktop.

Denis W said,
Seems like it's all but certain: Watercolor makes its return a decade later. Can't see them keeping Aero glass on the traditional desktop.

Would be nice, though I doubt they'll get rid of Aero. I just hope they make it consistent to other UI elements like Aerolite, or else I'd just use Aerolite as my default theme rather than Aero.

Panda X said,

Would be nice, though I doubt they'll get rid of Aero. I just hope they make it consistent to other UI elements like Aerolite, or else I'd just use Aerolite as my default theme rather than Aero.

hey Panda X did you check my Concepts for the explorer?

Panda X said,

Would be nice, though I doubt they'll get rid of Aero. I just hope they make it consistent to other UI elements like Aerolite, or else I'd just use Aerolite as my default theme rather than Aero.

What is Aerolite and where can I check it out?

Astra.Xtreme said,
Oh noes! Metro is still there! /sarcasm

There is absolutely nothing wrong with metro its just us that we have to change our perception to compare things agains usability instead of our own habit.

S3P€hR said,

There is absolutely nothing wrong with metro its just us that we have to change our perception to compare things agains usability instead of our own habit.

Please speak for yourself, Mr Knowitall.

Like telling people who are use to riding a harley davidson to get used to riding a bicycle. And when they complain they should change their perception! hahah hahahahhah ahahaha stupid comment!

Mike Frett said,

Not if people ditch Windows!

Then go buy an overpriced Mac or switch to featureless Linux. No one is stopping you. Oh wait, that means you can't play most pc games natively without bootcamp or some other virtual pc setup. Have fun with that. In all seriousness, stop making claims you probably follow yourself.

Mike Frett said,

Not if people ditch Windows!

Its MS destiny to screw this one up

Windows ME = failure
XP = good
vista = mainly a failure, that people avoided
7 = good, consumer acceptance
8 = failure

nekrosoft13 said,

Its MS destiny to screw this one up

Windows ME = failure
XP = good
vista = mainly a failure, that people avoided
7 = good, consumer acceptance
8 = failure

That's potentially true, although it would be for different reasons. I personally believe Windows 8 is going to be fantastic, and I'm predominantly a Mac user; I do however think that it'll take some getting used to, and a lot of people don't like change.

Yessss. New Explorer buttons fit much better and the start screen color looks nicer long term than the green I think (Not that I expect this to be the only one)