Windows 8 build 8375 images surface, a few small changes

Microsoft is gearing up to release the ‘Release Preview’ in early June and many expect the RTM to follow shortly after. As we march down that road, new builds are being continuously compiled and Win8China has gotten its hands on build 8375 that shows a few modifications from the Consumer preview released back in February.

The new changes include several new lock-screen images, the Windows Store tile is now green, and the small magnifying glass in the bottom right corner when you scroll has changed to a simple square. While nothing major, they are representative of the across-the-board tweaks we expect to see when the Release Preview hits the digital shelves in June.  

The source also refers to this build as the Consumer Preview Update 2, it is reported that this build was distributed to a select group of testers but will not be available to the general public.

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What is "in it" for us laptop/desktop users? Very little; unless one wants to go out and buy a touch-screen PC, along with some kind of keyboard.

I speak from a desktop POV (on tablet probably is ok): the backgrounds are nice, but this "startup screen", which hides the real desktop, is pointless.

Know what, if you guys don't like this, you don't have to use it. You can buy a Mac or download a Linux distro; I prefer Puppy Linux (Slacko). Talk does nothing, time to switch and make an impact.

I can agree I hate the placement of hot-corners. Like on my setup, the left hotcorner with the start button and thumbnails of recent Metro apps is on the edge of one monitor and another, so I have to put my mouse spack dead in the middle to get it to open.

I really love some of what they've done with Windows 8, but absolutely hate some of their other decisions. I can't get over the lack of a start button and the reliance on "charms". It may be a good interface for tablet and touch screen users, but it's incredibly counter productive and counter-intuitive to regular keyboard+mouse users. It's particularly jarring if you use multiple monitors.
I really don't understand how Microsoft can think to release this and not upset a lot of people - or end up with Windows 7 being the new Windows XP.

The lack of a Start button is completely irrelevant, as you still move your mouse to the same place and click. The biggest issue - as you pointed out - is that the hot corners don't work well on multi-monitor systems, the charm bar in particular. And hiding the shutdown / restart options within the charm bar is very clumsy on the desktop - I'd be astounded if they don't change that before release.

theyarecomingforyou said,
The lack of a Start button is completely irrelevant, as you still move your mouse to the same place and click. The biggest issue - as you pointed out - is that the hot corners don't work well on multi-monitor systems, the charm bar in particular. And hiding the shutdown / restart options within the charm bar is very clumsy on the desktop - I'd be astounded if they don't change that before release.

I actually tweeted that to the Build Windows 8 handle, and was RT'd by them. A sign of things to come?

theyarecomingforyou said,
The lack of a Start button is completely irrelevant, as you still move your mouse to the same place and click. The biggest issue - as you pointed out - is that the hot corners don't work well on multi-monitor systems, the charm bar in particular..

Not only on multi-monitors: on my Toshiba Tablet I cannot use the pen to "activate" the hot corners as well.

theyarecomingforyou said,
The biggest issue - as you pointed out - is that the hot corners don't work well on multi-monitor systems, the charm bar in particular.

The biggest issue for 95% of users who have used Windows (and indeed ANY OS) before, will be the fact that the hot corners, charms, etc. are all...

INVISIBLE!!!

There is NO reference for the user to even imagine that something is hiding there, let alone the only ways to actually control their computer properly.

The very definition of a GRAPHIC User Interface includes VISUAL CUES for the user to work with various input devices.

Time will show that hiding the actual controls for the system from PC desktop users is the most baffling mistake MS has ever made in any division.

excalpius said,

The biggest issue for 95% of users who have used Windows (and indeed ANY OS) before, will be the fact that the hot corners, charms, etc. are all...

INVISIBLE!!!

There is NO reference for the user to even imagine that something is hiding there, let alone the only ways to actually control their computer properly.

The very definition of a GRAPHIC User Interface includes VISUAL CUES for the user to work with various input devices.

Time will show that hiding the actual controls for the system from PC desktop users is the most baffling mistake MS has ever made in any division.

Relax. Will, ya? There will be a tutorial.

Hidden menus are a great way to add functionality without wasting real estate.

If only we had menus like this when netbooks were popular.

butilikethecookie said,
Dork You Microsoft

Posted from Ubuntu 12.04

PS. Where's that knucklehead at that says they never change anything from Beta to RC?

Hate those, I hate the ones that say Consumer Preview isn't beta, it's just a 'preview' alpha build for developers, even though there's a Betta fish at the boot up screen. Even though he had an MSDN account, he saw Consumer Preview, and HE WOULD'VE known if it was beta, because it would've been marked Beta instead of Consumer Preview. /rant.

Tried explaining to him that they decided to rename it so that it's not using tech jargon, but no he insisted...

Lunfai said,
Hate those, I hate the ones that say Consumer Preview isn't beta, it's just a 'preview' alpha build for developers, even though there's a Betta fish at the boot up screen. Even though he had an MSDN account, he saw Consumer Preview, and HE WOULD'VE known if it was beta, because it would've been marked Beta instead of Consumer Preview. /rant.

Tried explaining to him that they decided to rename it so that it's not using tech jargon, but no he insisted...


Beta, preview... they're similar but have different connotations. Most non-technical users are put off by the term 'beta' as it implies that they're testing an unfinished product, whereas the term 'preview' is positive as it implies they're getting early access.

However, the point raised in the original post is valid. A lot of people claimed that little would change between the consumer and release previews, when in reality each version has offered quite substantial changes.

theyarecomingforyou said,

However, the point raised in the original post is valid. A lot of people claimed that little would change between the consumer and release previews, when in reality each version has offered quite substantial changes.

"Substantial" seems a little bit to "applesque" to me........... refinements yes.

theyarecomingforyou said,

However, the point raised in the original post is valid. A lot of people claimed that little would change between the consumer and release previews, when in reality each version has offered quite substantial changes.

You HAVE to be kidding us?!

These are the very definition of MINOR cosmetic changes and bug fixes only. As I've said all along, nothing substantial or significant is going to be fixed regarding Metro and its massive problems for desktop users.

You might want to look up the word "substantial" in a dictionary. I don't think it means what you think it does.

Wallpapers and icon tweaks are not it...

Bertch said,

Not sure if serious...

Wait until the 95% of Windows home, desktop, professional, and business users get a look at this...

Looks like the new lock screen wallpapers are really focusing (no pun intended) on lots of depth of field. I like the look.

Everytime when an article about Metro or win8 occurs, there should be a FAQ of what can or cannot be posted. Examples, the appearance of Metro or start button.

This hater topic has been repeated so many times on multiple articles, give it up already, MS is not gonna change ****.

minster11 said,
Everytime when an article about Metro or win8 occurs, there should be a FAQ of what can or cannot be posted. Examples, the appearance of Metro or start button.

This hater topic has been repeated so many times on multiple articles, give it up already, MS is not gonna change ****.

The Internet: Proudly giving stupid people a voice since AOL.

minster11 said,
Everytime when an article about Metro or win8 occurs, there should be a FAQ of what can or cannot be posted. Examples, the appearance of Metro or start button.

This hater topic has been repeated so many times on multiple articles, give it up already, MS is not gonna change ****.

Yes, lets silence anyone who dares to point out the obvious. /s

minster11 said,
Everytime when an article about Metro or win8 occurs, there should be a FAQ of what can or cannot be posted. Examples, the appearance of Metro or start button.

This hater topic has been repeated so many times on multiple articles, give it up already, MS is not gonna change ****.

Its just neowin trying to get traffic buy luring in the MS haters

Toysoldier said,

Its just neowin trying to get traffic buy luring in the MS haters

Actually we are "METRO on the desktop" haters. I love MS. 8)

Anthonyd said,
It looks way too much like IE, color-wise.

Agreed, I'm liking the green. Right now I have IE, store and SkyDrive all next to each other; way to much blue!

Bertch said,

Agreed, I'm liking the green. Right now I have IE, store and SkyDrive all next to each other; way to much blue!

Hmm Green the color of money... coincidence? (at least for USA)

I prerfered the winunleaked.tk logo in the earlier build compared to this newer win8china.com logo.

I mean honestly could they make them any bigger?

oliver182 said,

Then don't ,enough with this already

He has a right to his opinion. Just because you've heard it, doesn't mean he has to stop saying it.

excalpius said,

He has a right to his opinion. Just because you've heard it, doesn't mean he has to stop saying it.

Well if people doesn't like windows 8 and there's nothing compelling for them, they should stop reading articles about it... just saying

oliver182 said,

Well if people doesn't like windows 8 and there's nothing compelling for them, they should stop reading articles about it... just saying

I like reading articles about 8 to see if microsoft may have came to their senses and made 8 into something worth buying for desktop users, or at the very least do something with metro to make it usable on a desktop instead of the fail that it currently is.

yeah man, I know what you mean ... is like you are looking at your dump in the toilet before you flush and you are wondering WTF am I looking at it, and yet you still look a few more seconds before you flush. Then you feel relieved but during the day your thought goes to that **** still wondering why the hell did you look at it.

W8 is cool, metro not that cool ... actually I never look at my lock-screen, but I could not look at squares for long. I am sure metro would be much better if redesigned or at least made to look different

zeta_immersion said,
yeah man, I know what you mean ... is like you are looking at your dump in the toilet before you flush and you are wondering WTF am I looking at it, and yet you still look a few more seconds before you flush. Then you feel relieved but during the day your thought goes to that **** still wondering why the hell did you look at it.

W8 is cool, metro not that cool ... actually I never look at my lock-screen, but I could not look at squares for long. I am sure metro would be much better if redesigned or at least made to look different

I hear people say things like this all the time (but not about Metro, per se). "If that is really your opinion," I always want to say, "then give your advice."

You think it should be different. If you cannot really give how it could be different, or what you would change, then your argument is nullified.

One of the things I would change is the squares as I have no idea why you would design so much streamlined rounded corners and then slap a 4x4 grid of squares to look at at every startup. Make it customizable to every user make them round or better yet make it a sphere or dodecahedron for that matter. Make it interactive as in maybe ply away a face and expand it ... I dono man, there are other people with more imagination than me, having plastered a lock-screen and a bunch a squares in a folder is not that creative. Fine, it looks nice but really, that is how much the design team can come up with?!

zeta_immersion said,
One of the things I would change is the squares as I have no idea why you would design so much streamlined rounded corners and then slap a 4x4 grid of squares to look at at every startup. Make it customizable to every user make them round or better yet make it a sphere or dodecahedron for that matter. Make it interactive as in maybe ply away a face and expand it ... I dono man, there are other people with more imagination than me, having plastered a lock-screen and a bunch a squares in a folder is not that creative. Fine, it looks nice but really, that is how much the design team can come up with?!

You should read the thought and research that went into this design. You don't have to like it, but you should at least have an understanding of why these decisions were made before you start spouting off like a little b!tch.

Skwerl said,

You should read the thought and research that went into this design. You don't have to like it, but you should at least have an understanding of why these decisions were made before you start spouting off like a little b!tch.

you must have misunderstood my writing ...how did you reach the grand conclusion about me whining like a pubescent girl? .... glad you like it though, you seem to be more in tune with fly design that other people including me, do not get ... would not mind getting some links that turned you into a believer

zeta_immersion said,

you must have misunderstood my writing ...how did you reach the grand conclusion about me whining like a pubescent girl? .... glad you like it though, you seem to be more in tune with fly design that other people including me, do not get ... would not mind getting some links that turned you into a believer

I actually agree with you in part. I'm not sure why the other person has to make fun of you. Metro is an interesting design choice and there are certainly some advantages to it. I've been using Windows 8 since the Consumer Preview came out and while there are parts of it I like, there are many things that just don't work for me.
The tiles have a nice idea, but I still end up opening the program to see what is there (if I even use Metro).

Anyhow nice that they have added some more images to the lockscreen, hopefully we can add our own as well. I guess the zoom icon could be confused for search, but not sure if the icon that it is now is any better. Green for the store, I dunno, still lame to have just a shopping bag icon.

xpclient said,
So beautiful yet so ugly if you know what I mean.

The screen captures are beautiful... the watermarks and other annotations are ugly
The annotations completely ruin the first one