The Windows 8 tablet notification screenshot is fake, and here's why

With so many Windows 8 screenshots floating around, it's very hard to tell fact from fiction. Unless you have inside knowledge by knowing the person who leaks you information, or are the one actually leaking the information yourself, it's almost impossible to tell what's real.

Lately, there has been a screenshot floating around the Internet featuring the Windows 8 tablet UI. The first appearance of the Windows 8 tablet UI appeared in a video from Microsoft's official YouTube channel. The four and a half minute video demonstrated the power of the tiles, HTML5 support and much more. However, the video didn't show the notification icon that appeared in the "leaked" picture.

Neowin has received this 'tip' about half a dozen times in the past day, which led us to investigate it before we made any publications. While it is not common for us to post up the fake images that we receive (typically we get tipped once or twice a week with a fake image), this particular image keeps coming in from many sources, so it's time to debunk the image.

As we've seen many news sites posting this, claiming the screenshot to be from Windows 8 build 8030, we have discovered the truth. It's photoshopped. And not a very good 'shopping, either.

Windows8_8030_circled

Getting a closer look at the image, you can see it's identical to the one shown off in the video here. The yellow circle shows what was modified, while the red circles show what is the same. The entire image is identical, except there is a notification balloon popup on the bottom right hand corner.

Taking a closer look at this image, you can see that the notification isn't aligned properly. Very unlike Microsoft, right?

Windows8_8030_notification

The green lines indicate the angle of the photo, as it appears someone took a picture of a computer screen, to attempt to give the appearance of a true leaked screenshot. The red lines show the alignment of the 'notification' alert.

Hopefully, this puts the screenshot's authenticity to rest and we move on to the next legitimate Windows 8 leak. Thanks to the Neowin Staff for busting this!

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tsupersonic said,
Umm...who cares?

Apparently all the people the article mentions as having sent this shot in

tsupersonic said,
Umm...who cares?

Umm. . . . People who are interested as to what new features are included in Windows 8. It shouldn't be hard for you to figure that out.

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,

Apple's new genius ran medical clinic?


if genuiuses run it, they might as well call it suicide agency or something..

Aaron44126 said,
Shouldn't it be "12 new notifications" and not "12 New notifications," which looks quite unprofessional? :-P

It's fake..?

Aaron44126 said,
Shouldn't it be "12 new notifications" and not "12 New notifications," which looks quite unprofessional? :-P
These things should be title case, not sentence case! It drives me just slightly nutty how Microsoft has been pushing hard to violate this in every location possible. Just look on almost any Windows 7 menu. Right click the desktop: "Screen resolution"? What the heck?

wessleym said,
These things should be title case, not sentence case! It drives me just slightly nutty how Microsoft has been pushing hard to violate this in every location possible. Just look on almost any Windows 7 menu. Right click the desktop: "Screen resolution"? What the heck?

Metro asshat rewrites the rules on font and typography usage in UIs

Maybe it's fake, maybe it's not, but debunking a screenshot for cosmetic inconsistencies when the OS hasn't even reached Beta isn't very wise. Besides how do you even know it's supposed to be aligned ? What happens when I have only 1 notification ? How can it still align ? What about 120 notifications ?

DrunkenBeard said,
Maybe it's fake, maybe it's not, but debunking a screenshot for cosmetic inconsistencies when the OS hasn't even reached Beta isn't very wise. Besides how do you even know it's supposed to be aligned ? What happens when I have only 1 notification ? How can it still align ? What about 120 notifications ?

It isn't that it isn't aligned left to right, it's that it is not rotated correctly to match the angle of the photo above it. So unless Microsoft wants their elements to be rotated around in different angles, then they should match.

and @ Andrew Lyle.. Since when microsoft payed so much attention as to align buttons and such?? they have always been lazy in this regard. And btw no doubt the shot is fake but i was talking about the notification alignment thingy.

Zain Adeel said,
and @ Andrew Lyle.. Since when microsoft payed so much attention as to align buttons and such?? they have always been lazy in this regard. And btw no doubt the shot is fake but i was talking about the notification alignment thingy.

It's not that it's not aligned propery, it's perspective doesn't match the rest of the image.

It's not as though they accidentally put in a shape that was supposed to be a rectangle but isn't...

Zain Adeel said,
and @ Andrew Lyle.. Since when microsoft payed so much attention as to align buttons and such?? they have always been lazy in this regard.
You have no idea how much effort Microsoft puts in trivial aspects of UI. Much more so than anyone else. So many ratios and research went into WP7 UI by Microsoft Research that people don't realize. The placing, white space, motion and alignment has been perfected. Windows is something that is seen by a billion people almost everyday and they are really really into minute stuff that most people think don't matter.

FMH said,
You have no idea how much effort Microsoft puts in trivial aspects of UI. Much more so than anyone else. So many ratios and research went into WP7 UI by Microsoft Research that people don't realize. The placing, white space, motion and alignment has been perfected. Windows is something that is seen by a billion people almost everyday and they are really really into minute stuff that most people think don't matter.

Well i was taking about Windows 7.. The reason i made a Visual style is becoz of their design inconsistencies.. Maybe you need to pay more attention to detail. And i was not talking about WP7.. its a whole different UI.

Zain Adeel said,

Well i was taking about Windows 7.. .

Zain Adeel said,
Since when microsoft payed so much attention as to align buttons and such??

Gee...you think it's any different than when Microsoft airbrushed out a black guy's face on one of their promotion posters and stuck a white guys face on there?

Fake is fake...regardless of who or what company does it.

Gee..you think it's any different than when Microsoft airbrushed out a black guy's face and stuck a white guy's face on one of their promotional posters?

Fake is fake regardless of who or what company does it.

seasonic said,
....you think it is fake because it isn aligned correctly?

Wow..........this is a new low.

And because all of the tile data is exactly the same? Moron.

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