Windows 8 build 7989 images surface, leak imminent?

It has been a few weeks since we have seen any new leaks from the Windows 8 camp. The dry spell looks like it may be coming to an end as images from build 7989 have surfaced.

The images come from MDL (via BetaArchive) and show a new background and boot screen, but more importantly, this means that the build has leaked outside the Microsoft camp. Users over at MDL speculate that a full leak will happen in the very near future. A user from the BetaArchive forum states that it will leak in full in the next couple of days, but this information is not confirmed.

Not much else is revealed in the latest screen shots, the news that the build may surface is exciting for those who want to get their hands on the latest publicly available Windows 8 build. But, if the previous rumors about employees being traced and terminated from previous leaks are true, this build may never surface to protect the individual who leaked the files.

Windows 8 is far off from public availability and it is rumored that a public beta may be announced at PDC later this year. It is expected that Microsoft will launch Windows 8 in late 2012 with the latest rumors suggesting that retail availability will happen in early 2013.

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netsendjoe said,
the TAP people should do hand me down's when a new build is released and the others become old ...

and be blocked from future builds (blacklisted from all TAP programs going forward)? that would last 5 minutes. If your idea was smart the TAP members would have done that by now.

would be great that android do the same with x86 and release something that really worth. I mean, the future seems like are tablets, which are by definition, the mom computer, so if this gonna suck, at least suck it well, like mom

Windows 8 will not be available in 2013, it will GA in 2012. Gosh, I wish whoever invented that rumor could get 1.2 billion b*tch slaps. I forgot, its that idiot Paul DeGroot who works for Microsoft Directions and likes to play guessing games with Microsoft roadmaps and Licensing.

I hope Microsoft fires whoever leaked this regardless of the age of the build, it's intellectual property and compromises Microsofts ability to keep it's Buisness plans secret.

Billy Gun said,
Is it a m3? beta? pre-beta? Alpha? gama?

Its the RTM, they simply want to make people wait for it a bit longer so they sell more copies of Windows 7.

Billy Gun said,
Well it seams that it's a Pre-release (picture), mabe it's a kind of pre-RTM. I just don't get it.

Obviously pre-RTM. Very pre-RTM. Probably M3.

Jose_49 said,
That's the new boot up screen? We'll see it in action soon, then...

Obviously just a placeholder for the beta stages =]

xbamaris said,

Obviously just a placeholder for the beta stages =]

. I hope that I get to meet this little guy... Never did with Windows 7 XD.

boumboqc said,
A leak of what ?

...of plumbing.

Probably he meant the leak of the anticipated new UI version. But I think is too early for this.

Deo Domuique said,

...of plumbing.

Probably he meant the leak of the anticipated new UI version. But I think is too early for this.

MS tends to hold off UI updates to at least beta 2, so for that to be in any of the current builds would be interesting, at this point its usually only in lab builds, beta 1 usually has stuff hidden, but enabled its usually beta 2

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,

MS tends to hold off UI updates to at least beta 2, so for that to be in any of the current builds would be interesting, at this point its usually only in lab builds, beta 1 usually has stuff hidden, but enabled its usually beta 2

I don't think that's the case, Win7 beta1 had the new UI (the superbar) etc. I think we'll get to see the new UI more in Sept at BUILD and maybe even get a beta 1.

Zain Adeel said,
anybody here know the build number of the OS which was displayed at D9?

dont think that can be confirmed, no watermarks of any sort were shown off during the showcase

Zain Adeel said,
anybody here know the build number of the OS which was displayed at D9?

7985. This build doesn't have the new UI however.

SoyoS said,

7985. This build doesn't have the new UI however.

Right, MS isn't giving out the new UI bits to anyone early it seems and they're keeping that code in a different internal build that never leaves MS. Which is smart imo. The only people who should be looking at it are the people working on it until we get another public viewing.

GP007 said,

Right, MS isn't giving out the new UI bits to anyone early it seems and they're keeping that code in a different internal build that never leaves MS. Which is smart imo. The only people who should be looking at it are the people working on it until we get another public viewing.


Why would these guys bother leaking something (I know, for the collectors) if it doesnt have the new UI? ill wait a couple of weeks and hope its buried in the build and someone can activate it.

GP007 said,
If it's real then talk about old already, April 21st.

Well we're not exactly going to get a build that was compiled yesterday. I'd be too easily tracked.

TechDudeGeorge said,

Well we're not exactly going to get a build that was compiled yesterday. I'd be too easily tracked.

I think all of these can be tracked now that you have that nice long string of numbers after the build date into.

last time I worked closely with them on alpha builds, even leaking screen shots was enough to get you fired... and they have fired people in the past for it, the guid in the build number is traceable believe it or not

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,
last time I worked closely with them on alpha builds, even leaking screen shots was enough to get you fired... and they have fired people in the past for it, the guid in the build number is traceable believe it or not

i never noticed the long string of numbers at the end of the build. Gosh i would not want to be the guy who gets fired or gets taken to court over this. Idiots shouldnt leak. Clearly they do not value their job when they do such.