A web site has now leaked out the latest beta candidate build numbers for both Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system as well as its companion OS, Windows 8 Server.
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A new rumor claims to have a list of all of the pre-installed apps that will be a part of the "Consumer Preview" version of Windows 8 when Microsoft releases it to the public late in February.
The Windows 8 Consumer Preview version will officially launch to the public on February 29 as part of Microsoft's activities at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
Another web site has posted up even more screenshots and revealed more features in the currently private beta 8220 "consumer preview" of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system
The version number for the beta candidate build for Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system, 8222.0.winmain_win8beta.120131-1912, has apparently been revealed on a reliable web news site.
The upcoming beta release of Windows 8 will allow users to use more customization features but won't allow users to use their own picture as the background of the Metro Start Screen.
Windows 8 development has now ended its pre-beta phase, according to sources that claim that the new 8189.0 build is in fact the final pre-beta version of the upcoming operating system from Microsoft.
A new rumor claims to have gotten hold of Microsoft's road map for the beta version of Windows 8, claiming that Microsoft is aiming to show the final beta version internally on January 30.
More screenshots from a new but pre-beta build of Windows 8 have found their way to the Internet with claims that Microsoft will sign off on the beta version of the operating system by the end of 2011
The folks who downloaded and used the Windows 8 developer preview version last September have seen their activity go down since that time, according to a new study.
An alleged screenshot from a new build of Windows 8 shows that the Metro interface version has renamed the Control Panel folder to PC Settings with some added functions thrown in.