Windows 8 build 8400 images hit the web

Not long ago we reported that build 8400 was likely the release preview candidate, that information gets a bit more confirmation today as another source is now reporting that 8400 will be the release preview.

Image Credit: Mydrivers.com

The new information comes from myfiles.com.cn, a Chinese based site who also tossed up a couple new images from the build including inline upgrade options within Windows 8. The source claims that the build was compiled on May 18th and the full build string is 8400.0.WINMAIN_WIN8RC.120518-1423.

Image Credit: Mydrivers.com

Unfortunately, if you were hoping to get your hands on the new theme that Microsoft unveiled last week, it looks like Aero will live to see another release as WinUnleaked is reporting that Aero is included in the Release Preview and that the final theme will not be available to consumers until the product hits RTM. 

Win8China, not to be left out, also posted up a couple images (from build 8375) including a slightly updated start screen that shows a bit of color refinement across a few of the apps.

Image Credit: Win8china

Finally, Media Center addicts appear that they will get a chance to play with the environment in build 8400 if the screenshot below is any indication of included features in build 8400.

Image Credit: Winunleaked

There is a lot more to see in the Release Preview and we expect more images to surface in the coming days about the changes that Microsoft will be introducing in the latest public release of Windows 8. 

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The answer is... YES they are.. They don't know what they are doing... They have a PR guy running the windows core and client team. He was previously responsible for ****ing up office in 2007 and now he is ruining the whole concept of WINDOWS.. what we are getting is not windows anymore it is something new with old bits left on... If there must be a new paradigm for devices then this stuff should live there. But the legacy and paradigm of a desktop computer is not going away as much as microsoft, google, and apple wish it would. And no matter how many phone UI concepts they keep slapping on to something running as a workstation I and a lot of us will never accept it willingly.

Matt A. Tobin said,
The answer is... YES they are.. They don't know what they are doing... They have a PR guy running the windows core and client team. He was previously responsible for ****ing up office in 2007 and now he is ruining the whole concept of WINDOWS.. what we are getting is not windows anymore it is something new with old bits left on... If there must be a new paradigm for devices then this stuff should live there. But the legacy and paradigm of a desktop computer is not going away as much as microsoft, google, and apple wish it would. And no matter how many phone UI concepts they keep slapping on to something running as a workstation I and a lot of us will never accept it willingly.

You lost me at "responsible for ****ing up office in 2007".

Matt A. Tobin said,
The answer is... YES they are.. They don't know what they are doing... They have a PR guy running the windows core and client team. He was previously responsible for ****ing up office in 2007 and now he is ruining the whole concept of WINDOWS.. what we are getting is not windows anymore it is something new with old bits left on... If there must be a new paradigm for devices then this stuff should live there. But the legacy and paradigm of a desktop computer is not going away as much as microsoft, google, and apple wish it would. And no matter how many phone UI concepts they keep slapping on to something running as a workstation I and a lot of us will never accept it willingly.

what was wrong with office 2007?

oliver182 said,

what was wrong with office 2007?


He's clearly talking about Ribbon, but you can turn it off so his point is moot IMHO.
Agree with the rest he said though.

GS:ios

Microsoft have never used the RC terminology in its strict sense - there always seem to be a few builds between RC and RTM. Admittedly this is usually restricted to fit and finish if no major bugs are found - changing icons will almost certainly not break the OS for example so the RC and RTM are incredibly close to being the same code.

singularity87 said,
Microsoft have never used the RC terminology in its strict sense - there always seem to be a few builds between RC and RTM. Admittedly this is usually restricted to fit and finish if no major bugs are found - changing icons will almost certainly not break the OS for example so the RC and RTM are incredibly close to being the same code.

This.
Though considering the additions, I'm saying the only things likely to change between now and RTM are:
- Sounds
- Wallpaper/Screensaver (Possibly only Wallpaper)
- Aero glass removed/un-set as default
- New Icons
- Updated/New Metro-style apps.

But few under the hood code changes.

Albert said,
yawn. not interested. as with the rest of 99.9% of long time windows users.

Yeah well 347.6% of the people disagree with you.

My percentage doesn't even have to make sense to be more true than the statistics you literally pulled out of your behind.

Albert said,
yawn. not interested. as with the rest of 99.9% of long time windows users.

Do you have proof that 99.9% of the users say that? Go back under the bridge troll.

dead.cell said,

Yeah well 347.6% of the people disagree with you.

My percentage doesn't even have to make sense to be more true than the statistics you literally pulled out of your behind.

Possession said,

Do you have proof that 99.9% of the users say that? Go back under the bridge troll.

you know what. i'm bookmarking and coming back to this thread after win-egg launch and have some more fun here. if by then it is still open. i am secure, patience and mature enough to see this through. more than i can say for these nincompoops, who will probably be grovelling about end of the world by then. lmfao.

The threads lock after x many days, probably to prevent spammers. Secondly, just because you aren't interested in something doesn't mean others aren't. Hell, what makes you think that only 0.1% of the people will be interested in this?

Yes, some are undecided, some like it, some don't, but the fact of the matter is that the consumer has a choice with it. Windows 8 will sell, it will come on new PCs, tablets, and so forth. People DO buy new computers after so much time. It boggles my mind how a grown individual could believe this will sell horribly. Do you not understand how the markets work? How Microsoft sells their products?

Ugh, why am I even replying to you, you're obviously trolling. There's no way a grown individual could think apply such poor logic to this...

Why am i being chased from OS to OS. Ubuntu was getting so good and then came Unity and gnome 3 and totally sent me packing back to Windows after 3 years on Linux. This is really starting to annoy me. The PC replaced the typewriter because it was far more productive. The tablet will not replace the laptop or desktop format because it is not a productivity machine. I love how i keep reading, and secretly hoping true, that Microsoft is hard at work on Windows 8 yet that ugly metro has not changed from the tech preview. Has anyone else noticed the paradox/contradiction with metro on the start screen and then the new explorer ribbon? Metro is the epitome of hiding controls and now explorer has been given far too many. Honestly, Microsoft has no attention to detail and Windows 8 WILL be the end of MS without doubt. Apple has an almost religious consumer base at the moment and MS is going to release a mishmash, time wasting, no-multitasking, UGLY POS.

So many thoughts I share as well, and well put.

This is in part why I've gone OS X. It's not to be "hip" or anything (hell, if anything you'll be considered a snob and brainwashed, not hip). It's because I find OS X the best OS in "traditional" style. Even now with Lion and Mountain Lion this summer and iOS features, they still haven't dropped the actual, traditional desktop user experience. I value that a lot. They're bringing over iOS app features and OS features, not the actual interaction aspect. So I really like how OS X is a desktop OS intended for desktop computers. Apple seem to realize that a desktop OS is for desktops and a mobile OS is for mobile devices, since the user interaction is different.

I still haven't grasped what Microsoft is thinking. It's... Really beyond me. Maybe it's just me lacking comprehension here and MS is doing something brilliant. I don't get it, though.

I'm not saying this because I happen to use OS X at home. Another OS I use at home and enjoy is Windows 7.

Edited by Northgrove, May 21 2012, 4:29pm :

I totally agree with you. The only thing i wish Apple would do and i can see it coming, is getting rid of the detached menu bar at the top of the screen. That thing it really stupid on a large screen or even dual screens.

Iridium said,
. Has anyone else noticed the paradox/contradiction with metro on the start screen and then the new explorer ribbon? Metro is the epitome of hiding controls and now explorer has been given far too many.

I'm tired of everyone complaining about the ribbon. Honestly it's MINIMIZED BY DEFAULT so takes no more real estate than the menu bar! If you are the type that uses keyboard shortcuts and context menus that's fine continue to do so.

The ribbon makes perfect sense for the average user . Who would never in a life time would understand all those options buried in menus. and the ribbon is better for touch too .so why complain?

Northgrove said,
So many thoughts I share as well, and well put.

This is in part why I've gone OS X. It's not to be "hip" or anything (hell, if anything you'll be considered a snob and brainwashed, not hip). It's because I find OS X the best OS in "traditional" style. Even now with Lion and Mountain Lion this summer and iOS features, they still haven't dropped the actual, traditional desktop user experience. I value that a lot. They're bringing over iOS app features and OS features, not the actual interaction aspect. So I really like how OS X is a desktop OS intended for desktop computers. Apple seem to realize that a desktop OS is for desktops and a mobile OS is for mobile devices, since the user interaction is different.

I still haven't grasped what Microsoft is thinking. It's... Really beyond me. Maybe it's just me lacking comprehension here and MS is doing something brilliant. I don't get it, though.

I'm not saying this because I happen to use OS X at home. Another OS I use at home and enjoy is Windows 7.


As usual, Apple is late to the game. Just wait

Even if they do keep WMC the same, the little thing that bugs me is that they could possibly change the logo to the new Windows logo.

The problem with Metro, s that Microsoft hasn't optimized it for the Desktop, one exacple is on the lock screen, you have to use your mouse to pull it up, that's extremely unnatural, and they need to improve it for Desktop users, possibly as soon as you start typing in your password an Animation will move it out of the way. I'm typing this from my Win8 CP with all the updates partition.

JonathanMarston said,
Hit space bar. It magically goes away...

Doesn't hitting any key also make it go away?

Quite eagerly waiting for Windows 8, but more in terms of wanting to buy a W8 tablet than installing it on my PC (which I'll do anyway).

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