New Windows 8 screenshots show more color options

Microsoft continues to work on new builds of Windows 8 even as the general public gets to play around with the recently released Consumer Preview. Now some leaked screenshots of a reported new Windows 8 build show that Microsoft is adding some more choices for the color bar.

The screenshots come from Win8china.com and appears to show even more variety in the color choices for Windows 8; you can see the new bar in the Windows 8 installation screen.

Microsoft has yet to comment about when or if it will offer another major pre-release version of Windows 8 to the public. It is expected that Microsoft will continue to work on the OS until sometime this summer. Current unconfirmed reports claim that Windows 8 will officially launch sometime in October in both its x86/64 and ARM variants; Windows 8's launch is also expected to boost overall PC shipments worldwide.

Images via Win8China.com

Thanks to FaiKee for the tip

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Oh golly -- 25 colors. I can't contain my excitement. THAT is what Winblows 8 needed!!! 25 colors instead of 16! Gosh MS, what will you think of next? Next thing you know, they will let you use 8bit (256 color) wall paper!!!!

Windows 8 sucks a**

This is nice, but I would like to see an article when it's revealed that you'll be able to change your font choice for things like icon labels, window titles, etc. This functionality has been completely missing since the DP. And for what reason?

Now about the background image overlays...

Either they should allow custom patterns or get rid of them entirely. The first thing I did was change my settings to the flat color background.

It's amazing how much people like to b*tch
First you complain you can't customize it enough, now they add colors and everybody b*tches that this is stupid.

Why do some people on this site have to be so miserable?

MidnightDevil said,
More colours, that's exactly what was missing.
I bet those old people won't be confused anymore.

We do not have to worry about the old people. Anyone less familiar with computers than those who frequent this site actually operate with much more proficiency than the classic desktop paradigm.

It is WE, the technological elite, that struggle due to our decades of brainwashing and rigorous study that this is the right interaction model for a consumer electronics device.

That is the big digital divide. Those of us who like computers for tinkering, and those of us who want to create data, consume data and share data.

I quit tinkering when the Litestep community shut down. I don't enjoy going to my mom/neighbor/grandmas house and cleaning up their IE toolbars from google yahoo msn bonsai buddy, etc.
These are the things that we people miss when we think of computers. We are happy to toil away in our inefficiencies, where other people get frustrated and throw the damn things out.

Wow, even more kiddish / playskoll colors for Windows 8! Steve Jobs must be laughing his ass off if he sees this horrible UI evolving from where he is! lol

myxomatosis said,
Wow, even more kiddish / playskoll colors for Windows 8! Steve Jobs must be laughing his ass off if he sees this horrible UI evolving from where he is! lol

Have you looked at Mountain Lion's amazingly horrible mish-mash of an UI? Yeah,...he's laughing.

myxomatosis said,
Wow, even more kiddish / playskoll colors for Windows 8! Steve Jobs must be laughing his ass off if he sees this horrible UI evolving from where he is! lol
Sure doesn't look ay worse than the boring Aqua UI of OS X or its graphite alternative color scheme. Kiddish? Some people might like purple or pink. Who are you to judge. Its the point of a PC. To be able to customize to YOUr liking. After all YOU paid for it. That is surely better than Apple dictation where the rules are do as they say.

Don't like Windows? You have options.
Yes Steve Jobs is laughing that how every year Microsoft mangaes to sell over 300M copies of Windows and Apple has never sold 300M of anything in their life. Wo rally wrong here. Do the numbers.

TechieXP said,
Sure doesn't look ay worse than the boring Aqua UI of OS X or its graphite alternative color scheme. Kiddish? Some people might like purple or pink. Who are you to judge. Its the point of a PC. To be able to customize to YOUr liking. After all YOU paid for it. That is surely better than Apple dictation where the rules are do as they say.

Don't like Windows? You have options.
Yes Steve Jobs is laughing that how every year Microsoft mangaes to sell over 300M copies of Windows and Apple has never sold 300M of anything in their life. Wo rally wrong here. Do the numbers.

You feel better now?

Why not a rainbow colour slider? Allow for a primary and secondary colour. It would show a list of 10 last colours chosen so people can always go back to a colour scheme!

This IMO would be a better option for Metro.

why not just a color slider with every color of the rainbow? heck, even a hex number input box would suffice.

on another note, i hope they remove conventional access to the legacy desktop and let it open only when desktop programs are launched through the start screen (and automatically close when the last desktop program is closed). it feels way out of place in a system that should be fully metro. you could keep the super bar just as a means of ease of access to apps already open.

Izlude said,
on another note, i hope they remove conventional access to the legacy desktop and let it open only when desktop programs are launched through the start screen (and automatically close when the last desktop program is closed). it feels way out of place in a system that should be fully metro. you could keep the super bar just as a means of ease of access to apps already open.

They did test out that theory and there were a number of usability concerns which drew them back to this implementation.

Once Win8 ships, and work on Win vNext begins, then you will see a more refined implementation.

laserfloyd said,
People complain about not enough colors. People complain about adding more colors. *sigh* lol

lol +1... no one on here is ever happy.... Windows 8's progress is great so far... it'll be top notch once finalized..... but of course just like everything else people will whine about the most pointless things. *sips coffee*

butilikethecookie said,

Your right! I want a black metro screen! Not the dusty black in the CP----Midnight Black.

Same! It looks nice. (did the background hack on DP). That and shaded backgrounds like in the 360/Games/Muisc/Video metro apps, with shadows behind the tiles. Clearly MS knows how to make the metro interface elegant, but choose to ignore that for the start screen.

Neowin now up to 128 posts per week according to Google Reader. Maybe condense the 10+ Windows 8 posts into a daily summary..? Same goes for other topics. Quality over quantity etc.

SuperHans said,
Neowin now up to 128 posts per week according to Google Reader. Maybe condense the 10+ Windows 8 posts into a daily summary..? Same goes for other topics. Quality over quantity etc.

25 colours in the screenshot - We could have stretched another 24 posts out just today

Kuraj said,
Sometimes reading comments on Neowin makes me feel like I'm on YouTube. No kidding.

You've seen my Youtube comments? I knew one day I'd be recognised!

Just add the old custom colour palette and be done! It's just ridiculous offering only a few. If they don't do it then I'm sure someone else will. Maybe it'll be an app!?

b_roca said,
Just add the old custom colour palette and be done! It's just ridiculous offering only a few. If they don't do it then I'm sure someone else will. Maybe it'll be an app!?

The Old custom colour palette is for Win32 based GUI elements, it is not technically possible to just add it to Metro. The reason for entirely new UI constructs in Windows 8 is because Windows 8 Metro is an entirely self contained consumer computing platform.

The desktop is only there because Microsoft knows it could kill future windows sales to remove it before the developers migrated to Metro.

Just look at then transition from Windows Mobile to Windows Phone 7.
It's still WinCE underneath, the same as the old Mobile product, without the legacy GUI.
In that usage model and market it made sense. Low marketshare, small number of application partners. Now we have 1000s of App developers creating brilliant and exciting experiences for the phone.

In the Desktop space it doesn't make sense because of the ecosystem that has been built by partners over the last 25 years. That's a lot of Application to App porting that just wouldn't happen.
As a result, both UX models are present in Windows 8. Don't count on it by Windows 10.

techguy77 said,
Inovation of 2012, we bring you Metro with plain solid colors. Seriously? lol

Yes. Gradients aren't always a good idea, as Metro proves.

Callum said,

Yes. Gradients aren't always a good idea, as Metro proves.

No it is not. Metro looks flat. There is nothing good about it. Honestly my eyes hurts after staring at it could be caused by having enlarged objects

techguy77 said,

No it is not. Metro looks flat. There is nothing good about it. Honestly my eyes hurts after staring at it could be caused by having enlarged objects

Then you need new eyes, or a reincarnation.

techguy77 said,
No it is not. Metro looks flat. There is nothing good about it. Honestly my eyes hurts after staring at it could be caused by having enlarged objects

Metro is flat for a reason, no chrome means all content. I for one am sick of the abomination that is the Winows desktop in terms of inconsistency. Makes it hard to discover a new application where the developer decided not to follow Microsoft's Best Practices for GUI development in their applications.

Anyone hear of Java? Those UIs are complete garbage.
WPF has been out for 5 years, and I am struggling to find something in the consumer market that isn't from Microsoft that makes use of it.
Win32 controls are just garbage as they've been brought forward with no effort put into refining the consistency.

Now Microsoft create something consistent, clean, and dynamic, and we want all the legacy garbage because we're used to it?

I want the change.

dotf said,
Win32 controls are just garbage as they've been brought forward with no effort put into refining the consistency.

Until Windows 7 anyway. That's when Open File dialog became Windows Explorer instance and not some weird COM control which if you have older legacy apps, you will still invoke win3.11 dialogs, even on Windows 7.

Aww and here I was hoping they were going to put in a metro slide bar to adjust how much metro you would like in your OS. Make everyone happy!

acrufox said,
Aww and here I was hoping they were going to put in a metro slide bar to adjust how much metro you would like in your OS. Make everyone happy!

Well given that Metro IS Windows 8, that'd actually be a "How much Windows 8 would you like in your OS" slider... doesn't really make sense

TCLN Ryster said,

Well given that Metro IS Windows 8, that'd actually be a "How much Windows 8 would you like in your OS" slider... doesn't really make sense

Actually it does make sense..... SKUs.
You're effectively adding and removing OS features with Anytime Upgrade to the right sku.

Being a new windows server admin, I see even more, from server core up to HPC.
all they add are features, they don't change the kernel.

patseguin said,
Front page article? A little overkill...
Not that I want to defend NeoWin on their idea of what news is... but they don't choose "front page" this is sorted by date, it isn't that hard to understand.

MrHumpty said,
Not that I want to defend NeoWin on their idea of what news is... but they don't choose "front page" this is sorted by date, it isn't that hard to understand.

What?

DARKFiB3R said,

What?

Yeah I kinda don't get it either. And I love Neowin btw. I've been a member over 10 years. Just a little irritated at minor news bout Windows 8 on the main page, that's all.

Microsoft should really make that slider only contain the accent colors, and have a dark/white background option next to it, like they have in Windows Phone. It's kind inefficient the way it's pictured in this screenshot.

tomcoleman said,
BREAKING NEWS!!!! more colours... WOW

Maybe the next story will be about different icons

This is news to me, Thanks John

tomcoleman said,
Maybe the next story will be about different icons

Silly, Icons are the last thing to be announced.
I'm so done with icons. Show me some way to create Tiles for legacy applications, and we'll be set. Live or not, they're better than icon placeholder inside Tiles.

Neobond said,
Maybe your next comment won't be like you're butthurt or something.

Owned by the owner? Sounds like a fitting statement!

This "news" was posted in the Beta (Windows 8) thread. I don't see why it had to be on the front page and not stay in the thread. I guess we need to look like an active forum. Maybe we should have a news article for each of the colours so it looks like there is more "news" than there really is.

Shaun said,
This "news" was posted in the Beta (Windows 8) thread. I don't see why it had to be on the front page and not stay in the thread. I guess we need to look like an active forum. Maybe we should have a news article for each of the colours so it looks like there is more "news" than there really is.

Nobody cares what you think

Shaun said,
This "news" was posted in the Beta (Windows 8) thread. I don't see why it had to be on the front page and not stay in the thread. I guess we need to look like an active forum. Maybe we should have a news article for each of the colours so it looks like there is more "news" than there really is.

Some people don't check that thread. This is the first I've heard of this news. Not only is this interesting to some people, it confirms that Microsoft are still adding features to Windows 8, which is important because they stated that they deemed the Consumer Preview complete.

Oh well if you haven't seen it maybe we should have it on the front page - I do think its extremely naive to think that the consumer preview is as it will be shipped and MS won't make any more changes before release.

Shaun said,
Ooo more colours... Geez. a front page article for more colours? - Meh

How about the option of scrolling wallpaper? I could care about colors, I want the ability to put a picture in the background.

Shaun said,
Oh well if you haven't seen it maybe we should have it on the front page - I do think its extremely naive to think that the consumer preview is as it will be shipped and MS won't make any more changes before release.

It's not about believing it, and it's not about being naive. It's about considering what Microsoft said. I haven't been expecting them not to make changes, but I have kept in mind that they said they deem it complete.

azure.sapphire said,

How about the option of scrolling wallpaper? I could care about colors, I want the ability to put a picture in the background.


This has been covered a number of times. Due to how the Metro background is composited, it's not feasible.

PmRd said,

Nobody cares what you think

Speak for yourself, I'm sick of people like you who talks in everyone's name. Simply get lost.

SubZenit said,

Speak for yourself, I'm sick of people like you who talks in everyone's name. Simply get lost.

Just because some people think this news does not belong on the front page doesn't mean everybody does. I come to this website to learn new stuff about Windows 8 and this article served this purpose well. If you think it did not belong there and are upset by it then find another news site or start your own. The people who own and pay for Neowin can post whatever the hell they want.