Rumor: Windows 8 Single Language SKU spotted?

The reliable Windows 8 news site Winunleaked.tk has been slowly revealing more information about a recent build of Windows 8 it claims it has obtained from an unnamed source. Previous reports from the site have said it has discovered some interesting ports in this build, including a "ProWMC" (Windows Media Center) SKU and a Windows 8 China SKU.

Now the site has posted up some more screenshots from this leaked build and this time it claims to have found yet another SKU variation, Windows 8 Single Language. The port is also known as Core Single Language. The article points out that unlike the Windows 8 China SKU, this new port can be installed with any localized build.

Other than the fact that this SKU build doesn't seem to have Windows Media Center, this seems to be a fairly basic version of Windows 8. However, it's important to point out that Microsoft has yet to confirm any of its final Windows 8 SKU release plans and could change them prior to the launch of the OS.

WinUnleaked.tk has already claimed that Microsoft is targeting a late May-early June time frame for a release candidate version of Windows 8, with a final version due to ship sometime in October. Microsoft has said that it plans to launch Windows 8 sometime by the end of the year but has been quiet about giving any specific release dates.

Image via WinUnleaked.tk

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I would love to see a single disc that allows us to pick any language from the install disc like Linux and Mac OS X offers. This is where MS fails. You have to hack the disc and do all sorts of BS to get it. Some people would like to switch languages from the beginning and not "let's install a pack", then have it. Should be from the beginning.

KomaWeiss said,
I would love to see a single disc that allows us to pick any language from the install disc like Linux and Mac OS X offers. This is where MS fails. You have to hack the disc and do all sorts of BS to get it. Some people would like to switch languages from the beginning and not "let's install a pack", then have it. Should be from the beginning.

Language Packs will now be free with any edition of Windows 8 when its released. It is not specific to the Ultimate or Enterprise editions anymore.

Learn more:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/arc...-the-language-you-want.aspx

Mr. Dee said,

Language Packs will now be free with any edition of Windows 8 when its released.


Free? Interesting move…

How about they do something similar to OS X.

2 SKU's
Windows 8 Server
Windows 8 Client

And then if you want specific features you purchase and download feature packs.

randomloser said,
How about they do something similar to OS X.

2 SKU's
Windows 8 Server
Windows 8 Client
I actually would love to see something like this.
And then if you want specific features you purchase and download feature packs.

randomloser said,
How about they do something similar to OS X.

If Microsoft starts selling their own (high price) machines that will definitely be an option. Knowing that MS will never become a hardware manufacturer, that will never happen. Not to mention that the features of the higher Windows SKUs >>>>> OSX…

MFH said,

If Microsoft starts selling their own (high price) machines that will definitely be an option. Knowing that MS will never become a hardware manufacturer, that will never happen. Not to mention that the features of the higher Windows SKUs >>>>> OSX…

You entirely missed the point.

I didn't say go for two SKU's which have everything. I said go for two SKU's (Client/Server) and have feature packs similar to the Server App on the Mac App Store. Microsoft could offer Media Center, Enterprise Features (AD/RDP/Bitlocker) or Enterprise Server Features on the Windows Store.

Why not just make <<Windows 8>> and forget everything else?

5 Editions:
Windows 8 Home- Average Joe OS
Windows 8 Pro- Remote Desktop, Power user tools, etc.
Windows 8 Server- Windows server 8
Windows 8 EU- Complies with EU's laws
Windows 8 China- Complies with China's Laws

Doesn't matter either way, I will be downloading just one Windows 8 SKU from my MSDN Sub for my PC's come October in addition to purchasing Professional preloaded on a new Windows 8 ready PC.

I'm possibly thinking this will become a sort of Starter SKU for the lower priced tablets and netbooks, then a home SKU with more languages and features, then the Pro with Media Center. Because come to think of it, I've never used Media Center to be honest.
But I guess it will likely get a overhaul sooner or later. I doubt they'd leave it as is.

Possession said,
I'm possibly thinking this will become a sort of Starter SKU for the lower priced tablets and netbooks, then a home SKU with more languages and features, then the Pro with Media Center. Because come to think of it, I've never used Media Center to be honest.
But I guess it will likely get a overhaul sooner or later. I doubt they'd leave it as is.

That's a completely different story for me. Media Center has been my main TV experience for the last several years (since the original version actually).

Every single TV recording I do is made with Media Center through a high-definition Hauppage Colossus card.

The Media Center SKU is the more mysterious at this moment considering the version that was packaged in the Consumer Preview.

It is almost identical to the existing one (that shipped with Windows 7) and it is hard to believe Microsoft would actually repackage this same old version into a distinct SKU.

Are we in for a Media Center surprise or major deception?

TheCyberKnight said,
The Media Center SKU is the more mysterious at this moment considering the version that was packaged in the Consumer Preview.

It is almost identical to the existing one (that shipped with Windows 7) and it is hard to believe Microsoft would actually repackage this same old version into a distinct SKU.

Are we in for a Media Center surprise or major deception?

I hope it's the former

TheCyberKnight said,
Are we in for a Media Center surprise or major deception?

I suspect the latter.

Media center needs a major overhaul (complete re-write) to exist in Windows 8.
The expense is not worth the gain when you consider much of the functionality provided by Mediacenter will be replaced by Apps.

On the Windows 8 blogs, there are some very sad numbers about Mediacenter usage. Microsoft use these numbers when setting priorities on future releases.

I say to everyone out there who uses mediacenter, enroll that device in the customer experience improvement program immediately, so metrics data can go back to MS.

The only way to keep the product is to prove its use.

I for one love it, and love to hate it.

Seems like Microsoft is going to make about 100 SKU for Windows 8, and it's not really preferable. Pro,Chinese,Single Language and "Core branded as « Windows 8 »".
God only knows if there gonna be Ultimate, Business and Enterprise etc..

Ahmed Nefzaoui said,
Seems like Microsoft is going to make about 100 SKU for Windows 8, and it's not really preferable. Pro,Chinese,Single Language and "Core branded as « Windows 8 »".
God only knows if there gonna be Ultimate, Business and Enterprise etc..

Given that most of these SKU names are completely... stupid... I don't think we'll see any of these SKU's. I mean... Single Language?

I don't think this is actually what we think about when we say SKU. I believe this single language bit is something OEMs will be able to setup on their hardware while other OEMs, like in select parts of Europe for example might go with a multiple language install etc.

These aren't things we'll see in retail etc, just different preset install modes for OEMs to go with.

Imagine that a single installation DVD that will install any language on the OS you want. Better late than never I guess...

.Neo said,
Imagine that a single installation DVD that will install any language on the OS you want. Better late than never I guess...

Ya, you are totally missing the point... This is about a more basic version that has the language pack features of Ultimate.

Unified multi language features have been a part of Windows NT for about 20 years now. It was the 3.x/9x that had language specific builds.

Most users only take advantage of one language, and if users want additional languages, Microsoft has forced them into a higher cost version. Seriously, if you have XP or Vista or 7, you can turn on additional languages already, and with Ultimate you can have per user language and keyboard options.

thenetavenger said,
Seriously, if you have XP or Vista or 7

XP didn't allow changing the OS language.

Also other operating systems have allowed changing the entire OS language without additional cost (or in the case of Linux, any cost in the first place) for decades.

thenetavenger said,
Seriously, if you have XP or Vista or 7, you can turn on additional languages already, and with Ultimate you can have per user language and keyboard options.

The one caveat to that is certain OEM SKUs do not allow end users to install additional language packs without cost.

Also, I wish MS would stop installing both official languages by default when I choose my locale as Canada. Give me a checkbox.

thenetavenger said,
Ya, you are totally missing the point... This is about a more basic version that has the language pack features of Ultimate.

Hence "the better late than never part" of my post...

thenetavenger said,
Most users only take advantage of one language, and if users want additional languages, Microsoft has forced them into a higher cost version. Seriously, if you have XP or Vista or 7, you can turn on additional languages already, and with Ultimate you can have per user language and keyboard options.

Most users only take advantage of one language because changing it a pain compared to OS X and you're forced to buy the most expensive version of Windows. I've seen countless Macs where different users have different languages set. Installing those bulky language packs that replace system files every time you want to change languages really isn't that user friendly as is the case on Windows XP, Vista and I think even Windows 7.

Edited by .Neo, Apr 9 2012, 4:06pm :