Rumor: New Windows 8 SKU versions to be revealed?

Things have been a little quiet in terms of new reveals for Windows 8 since the launch of the Consumer Preview version to the public in late February. However, Microsoft is still working on newer builds of Windows 8 internally. Now a well known and reliable source for leaked Windows 8 build information claims that he has received a new build of the OS that he claims reveals new SKU versions of Windows 8.

"Canouna", who runs the Winunleaked.tk web site, posted on his Twitter page today that he was "Going to install the first build who contain a bunch of BRAND NEW SKUs! :)." In a later Twitter post he states, "I know only two SKUs in the list, other are really special, going to be a long day and a big bunch of review for .

Microsoft has yet to officially state which SKUs will be available for Windows 8 when it is officially launched later in 2012. However, a recent HP document leak indicated that it would come at least in regular, Professional and Enterprise versions. A look inside the Windows 8 Consumer Preview version's registry indicated even more SKUs, including a Starter edition, Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate.

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The one I'm waiting for is the "Tablet Edition" SKU so i can avoid it.

Final or not i have seen far too much i dislike and will not touch Windows 8 at all

Every version of windows that comes out i have to jump through hoops modifying the OS on a fresh install going back to windows 98 and i can't imagine how retarded bloated garbage i'd have to kill on win 8 just to have a streamlined fast desktop.

As far as i'm concerned this windows 8 GUI BS is like forcing ALL users of iPhones that the next version of iOS will force users to HAVE to use a keyboard and mouse and there will be no way to disable the function/feature, and if anyone complains they can be told shut up "troll" and.. well don't upgrade then cry baby.

Microsoft has reached their pinnacle of idiocy and maybe we can finally get to the age where linux can step in with intelligence and knowck MS down a few pegs

Too Many SKUs will hurt the market. They should have learned the lesson with XP, but for the most part, the versions were hidden from the consumer.

I hope that's the case with all the extra SKUs, is that they're for specific OEM implementations, and not something the user will have to decide when they go and pick up their upgrade box.


Plus they need to fix anytime upgrade pricing. If I can buy an OEM license of Windows 7 Ultimate for cheaper than I can upgrade from home premium to ultimate, something is wrong.

I found a way out of Metro.

1. We need to mass market alternative metro-esque shells.
2. Then complain to the EU that Microsoft will use its monopoly to force Metro down our throats yaddah yaddah!
3. ???
4. Profit! Windows 8 N will ship!

PS: To all my non-EU friends: I'm willing to export some copies adding the small processing fee of $30...

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,
I found a way out of Metro.

1. We need to mass market alternative metro-esque shells.
2. Then complain to the EU that Microsoft will use its monopoly to force Metro down our throats yaddah yaddah!
3. ???
4. Profit! Windows 8 N will ship!

PS: To all my non-EU friends: I'm willing to export some copies adding the small processing fee of $30...

GS:mac

Haha. I wish i see EU complain against Metro so we can get non metro Windows 8 which will be also running in most American households. Quite funny!

Aren't you guys used to Metro yet? The just need to fix the Settings button to separate the Desktop control panel from the Metro control panel in a more pronounced way but It's pretty damn easy to get around. Sure it's missing quite a few right click options, and the apps are bare bones but it's just not that difficult.

Which one(s) will not have the Metro UI? There are millions of users who have no interest or very little interest in using touch-centric devices for their serious work-related tasks. Keyboards and mice still "rule" the office setting and will continue to do so for many years to come. [Luckily, MS has a few years to clean up the Windows-8 mess, while users will remain with Windows-7.]

I hope Microsoft published Windows 8 in 48 different SKUs (24 for client, 24 for server) just to encourage people to talk about something else.

parengputik said,
It's funny how every article about windows 8 is invaded by metro love or hate dialog.

I know right? It is because MS talks only about Metro and not Kernel improvements.

parengputik said,
It's funny how every article about windows 8 is invaded by metro love or hate dialog.

Well, Microsoft isn't exactly putting emphasis on new desktop features.

Northgrove said,

Well, Microsoft isn't exactly putting emphasis on new desktop features.

That's why it is going to fail especially in business world which will have no interested in upgrading to Windows 8. So it comes down to phones and tablets. Sad.

Maybe some distinct products will be merged into the Win8 label, such as Embedded Compact, Embedded Standard, ...and, why not, Phone.

Microsoft needs to go back to. The old. Days and just have a single OS X but. Will that happen? Not under balmer

CMG_90 said,
Microsoft needs to go back to. The old. Days and just have a single OS X but. Will that happen? Not under balmer

What? Not sure if trolling or...

CMG_90 said,
Microsoft needs to go back to. The old. Days and just have a single OS X but. Will that happen? Not under balmer

You have bigger problems to worry about.

CMG_90 said,
Microsoft needs to go back to. The old. Days and just have a single OS X but. Will that happen? Not under balmer

Microsoft hasn't had a single OS SKU for both consumers and businesses in over 20 years.

Dot Matrix said,

What the Hell is Pro Media Center? Is Microsoft planning to cater to home entertainment centers with an individual SKU?

I suppose Pro doesn't have media center and Pro Media Center is Pro version with Media Center....total mess.

i dont think it needs more than 3 , much like win7 i had pro and the only trhing ultimate offered for me that was different was boot vhd

DKAngel said,

yeah its called windows 7

No it is not. Windows 8 is not about Metro only but whole performance optimizations and new features for desktop

techguy77 said,

No it is not. Windows 8 is not about Metro only but whole performance optimizations and new features for desktop

YOu guys are still failing to realize Metro isn't a theme that can be simply disabled. It's a integral piece of Windows 8's codebase. It's hard to disable it and go back to Windows 7, when the "classic UI" code is missing from the codebase.

Dot Matrix said,

YOu guys are still failing to realize Metro isn't a theme that can be simply disabled. It's a integral piece of Windows 8's codebase. It's hard to disable it and go back to Windows 7, when the "classic UI" code is missing from the codebase.

I do not believe that. I bet code is still there just not exposed.

techguy77 said,

I do not believe that. I bet code is still there just not exposed.

It's been said over, and over, that the code has been removed. It's gone, figuratively, and literally.

Dot Matrix said,

It's been said over, and over, that the code has been removed. It's gone, figuratively, and literally.

Oh really well then they can at least give option to users to have desktop as default view after they login.

Dot Matrix said,

It's been said over, and over, that the code has been removed. It's gone, figuratively, and literally.

Oh really well then they can at least give option to users to have desktop as default view after they login. Unless they offer Windows 8 NON METRO EDTION SKU

techguy77 said,

Oh really well then they can at least give option to users to have desktop as default view after they login. Unless they offer Windows 8 NON METRO EDTION SKU

I highly doubt it.

Dot Matrix said,

YOu guys are still failing to realize Metro isn't a theme that can be simply disabled. It's a integral piece of Windows 8's codebase. It's hard to disable it and go back to Windows 7, when the "classic UI" code is missing from the codebase.

The Metro UI, as the main or only UI for Windows-8 is precisely why Windows-8 is in trouble. Pandering to touch-centric smartphones and tablets, while ignoring keyboard-centric laptops and desktops is certainly not a winning strategy for a new OS. Why didn't MS just upgrade Phone7 for the touch users and create an mechanism to synch with Windows-7 or Windows-8 for laptops and desktops?

TsarNikky said,

The Metro UI, as the main or only UI for Windows-8 is precisely why Windows-8 is in trouble. Pandering to touch-centric smartphones and tablets, while ignoring keyboard-centric laptops and desktops is certainly not a winning strategy for a new OS. Why didn't MS just upgrade Phone7 for the touch users and create an mechanism to synch with Windows-7 or Windows-8 for laptops and desktops?

I don't see it at all in trouble. I foresee very interesting things for Windows. Metro on the desktop is the beginning of new things. Computing 2.0 if you will.

Dot Matrix said,

I don't see it at all in trouble. I foresee very interesting things for Windows. Metro on the desktop is the beginning of new things. Computing 2.0 if you will.

It is called Intro to Retardation 101.

techguy77 said,

Oh really well then they can at least give option to users to have desktop as default view after they login.

There's already a way to do this. You obviously aren't reading your favorite windows tweaking sites, or the neowin forums.
You can put a shortcut in the [InstallDrive]:\users\start menu\startup\ folder that effectively issues win+D command everytime you login.

Also using the userpasswords2 control panel applet to disable the logon screen still works too.

tomcoleman said,
Windows 8 NON METRO EDTION SKU

I agree. Microsoft has been so SKU-happy before, so I really hope they do a Desktop vs Tablet Edition this time. One with only Metro (which may also be used on ARM), and one with only Desktop. Then some "Ultimate" edition with both.

TheCyberKnight said,
Let's hope Microsoft won't be stupid enough to create SKUs where Metro would be absent.

you need to step out more. why would they have metro on a pc that is sitting at the back of a warehouse priting ups labels using acustom business app that will never support touch because the guys who operate it have greasy hands and wear gloves.

this happy world where everybody uses touch apps is a drug addict's dream. get to the real world, metro is as useful as a fifth wheel for the enterprise.

TheCyberKnight said,
Let's hope Microsoft won't be stupid enough to create SKUs where Metro would be absent.

Starter edition, which is intended to be sold within countries which are under strict trade laws intended to prevent them from becoming technological threats to international interests.

Tuanese said,
I mean... "Who cares... anyway?"

Those of use who are the IT administrators for families in our community who are already hearing rumblings of this windows 8 thing, wondering what if anything it means to them.

My current response: I'll keep you posted.

My only hope is that, like Windows 7, all of the features are cumulative. Windows XP was so horrible in that regard.

techguy77 said,
Somehow i have feeling that MS will give option to disable metro in Release Candidate.

I have a feeling that you won't.

Zedox said,

I have a feeling that you won't.

I am not gonna even install Windows 8. Clearly Windows 7 is the last Windows OS i will be running...bye bye until they change something

techguy77 said,

I am not gonna even install Windows 8. Clearly Windows 7 is the last Windows OS i will be running...bye bye until they change something

Then you sir, have no more room to discuss Windows 8. Sorry, you loose.

A look inside the Windows 8 Consumer Preview version's registry indicated even more SKUs, including a Starter edition, Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate.

Likely some of the stuff in the CP is still left over from Windows 7 for now.

TechieXP said,
You don't need a start menu. The Metro skin is the start menu.

for the love of god it is not skin/theme.

it is user interface *cries*

dotf said,

That's Starter edition, because it has a resolution maximum fixed below what metro supports.

The start screen itself works with low resolutions; it's just the apps that don't.