Windows 8 cloud synchronization confirmed in screenshot

Microsoft is on fire with Windows 8, and the leaks are pouring out all over the place. We've seen new features surface, and even found registry keys referencing Windows 8 cloud features, as well as a "roaming profile" interface, but are yet to see them in action. 

Now, for the first time a screenshot has surfaced of the actual cloud synchronization features in Windows 8. Compixels reports that the feature will bring many capabilities to the platform, including:

  • Personalized settings for Windows
  • Personalized experiences for your programs
  • Automatic sign-in to your websites and programs
  • Easy online password recovery if you forget it

This behavior has long been rumored, but is now confirmed for Windows 8. It's unlikely we'll actually see it working until a future public beta (as this actually requires a Windows Live ID that is activated internally for the service), but this is fantastic news. It's likely Microsoft are choosing to implement this now as the previous antitrust shackles are about to be removed, allowing the Redmond software giant to incorporate other products to the latest iteration of Windows.

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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It all looks tacky, it's milestones still lol I mean, do some people go buy a single piston at the auto store, run outside and sit on it then yell 'this car sucks!'??

looks like a giant zune player ahhh except i don't fully agree with the "metro" buttons, they look quite tacky, and i wish they used the buttons included in zune player for this and wp7

It's a stupid complaint because it's the equivalent of complaining about the color of the doors when the house frame hasn't even been built yet!

dagamer34 said,
It's a stupid complaint because it's the equivalent of complaining about the color of the doors when the house frame hasn't even been built yet!

Quite right, but when you think about it, that analogy hold absolutely no water.

Whenever people say "it's not final! is a beta", I remember vista. Beta2 was a mess, and the RTM was just a more stable version of it, but most of the perks people had at the beta stage made it to the RTM.

Julius Caro said,
Whenever people say "it's not final! is a beta", I remember vista. Beta2 was a mess, and the RTM was just a more stable version of it, but most of the perks people had at the beta stage made it to the RTM.

This isn't even beta though.. this is still a milestone

blahism said,

This isn't even beta though.. this is still a milestone

does it really mater what state it is in? creative development is always helped by criticism at all points in the process

neufuse said,

does it really mater what state it is in? creative development is always helped by criticism at all points in the process

+1

neufuse said,

does it really mater what state it is in? creative development is always helped by criticism at all points in the process

I've never understood this attitude. Even though this isn't public, I'm sure the UI teams would rather have criticism than none at all.

When I'm designing a UI I really press people for feedback; in fact sometimes it's so difficult to get people to tell you what they think I sometimes have to engineer problems to expose certain sections of the UI to gain feedback.

Just imagine if Microsoft took the attitude of so many people here and jumped on anybody that dared to say something is bad or could be better.

Examinus said,

I've never understood this attitude. Even though this isn't public, I'm sure the UI teams would rather have criticism than none at all.

When I'm designing a UI I really press people for feedback; in fact sometimes it's so difficult to get people to tell you what they think I sometimes have to engineer problems to expose certain sections of the UI to gain feedback.

Just imagine if Microsoft took the attitude of so many people here and jumped on anybody that dared to say something is bad or could be better.

Then you'd have apple? </s>

neufuse said,

Then you'd have apple? </s>

Perhaps, although I was surprised with how open Apple have been with Lion. Perhaps inspired by Microsoft's success with 7 and the massive feedback mission then went on with that. Although, it's a fine line to walk between good feedback and design-by-commitee.

Gutierrez said,
right, and you need a connection of 10Gb but that would be quite normal in 2013 in united states...
Come on!

So syncing a few settings needs a 10Gbps internet connection? Yeah... that's obvious, considering today's Windows Live Mesh only works on connections of 10Gbps or more.

Gutierrez said,
right, and you need a connection of 10Gb but that would be quite normal in 2013 in united states...
Come on!

What? This will only upload your settings to their servers...

Well the feature is nice for sure. I guess i could technically just use Windows Easy Transfer and a USB key for when i format my system but i usually like to set it up each time cuz sometimes i change stuff from previous setup too just to see if i like it another way.

I'm sure my GF will love it though and I'll definitely use it the 2nd time I format Windows 8 (or switch laptops) to see how it works.

SHoTTa35 said,
Well the feature is nice for sure. I guess i could technically just use Windows Easy Transfer and a USB key for when i format my system but i usually like to set it up each time cuz sometimes i change stuff from previous setup too just to see if i like it another way.

I'm sure my GF will love it though and I'll definitely use it the 2nd time I format Windows 8 (or switch laptops) to see how it works.

Heads up: there is no need to format your drive and reinstall Windows every 2 minutes. I know some of you "power users" thinks it keeps the system "bloat-free" or whatever, but you're wrong.

CalumCookable said,

Heads up: there is no need to format your drive and reinstall Windows every 2 minutes. I know some of you "power users" thinks it keeps the system "bloat-free" or whatever, but you're wrong.

I havn't had to do it with Win7 at all, used to with WinXP though, as over time it did become slow, but windows 7 runs like a dream.

I do hope they impliment this feature into Windows 7 though, perhaps to make for a nice clean upgrade to Win8

this whole cutting off text for fun with an ellipsis is getting stupid... there is plenty of screen space to put that entire sentence on... and before someone says "its not final" thats what they do in metro... just look at win phone 7....

I have a feeling the Metro UI will only work with touchbased devices.

This is a guess though, remember that people have "unlocked" these features on PC's.

neufuse said,
this whole cutting off text for fun with an ellipsis is getting stupid... there is plenty of screen space to put that entire sentence on... and before someone says "its not final" thats what they do in metro... just look at win phone 7....

If you see, the whole text is until the title ends, so it may be a software limitation for that screen size, and the background just extended to fit the screen.

It might be that this is made with 10 inch tablets in mind.

neufuse said,
this whole cutting off text for fun with an ellipsis is getting stupid... there is plenty of screen space to put that entire sentence on... and before someone says "its not final" thats what they do in metro... just look at win phone 7....

Don't be an idiot. The text going beyond the screen border in WP7 is used as a kind of scroll indicator. The ellipsis here is OBVIOUSLY just a sign that they put this UI together in a hurry and will come back to fix it later.

CalumCookable said,

Don't be an idiot. The text going beyond the screen border in WP7 is used as a kind of scroll indicator. The ellipsis here is OBVIOUSLY just a sign that they put this UI together in a hurry and will come back to fix it later.

uh, I've seen text in WP7 that is cut off just for the sake of it... not text that draws past the end of the screen, but literally cut off

but how is it an obvious sign it was done in a hurry? I've done windows betas for a very long time now and they've never done text like that... even in alphas it wasn't like that... its become pretty clear this is by design in a lot of their metroesc leaked images that they are doing this on purpous and its not like its going to run off the screen either, there is a lot of room left in that image

neufuse said,
this whole cutting off text for fun with an ellipsis is getting stupid... there is plenty of screen space to put that entire sentence on... and before someone says "its not final" thats what they do in metro... just look at win phone 7....

I'm not a huge fan of text being cut off anywhere in a UI, especially if it's a title. There does come a point where you need to compromise, and doing this is sometimes the best solution, but Metro seems to encourage it and even engineers situations to make it happen.

Neobond said,
I have a feeling the Metro UI will only work with touchbased devices.

This is a guess though, remember that people have "unlocked" these features on PC's.

i doubt that, they have stated that windows 8 will have a new UI, its just that making the UI is a lot easier than implementing new features and checking them for bugs, so they will change the UI in the very end of the development, im suprised you didnt think of that in the first place

you can remember the development of XP > Vista
it was called Longhorn
first it had the new features and it gradually changed the UI
first it was a shiny black XP
then it was a shiny black XP with transparency (beta aero)
in the end it was greatly improved


i read a rumor that they were going to release it like that, but something happened and the decided to start from scratch

i never looked at the development of 7 so i dont know how it changed from Vista UI-wise, but i believe it was the same way Vista evolved from XP

neufuse said,
this whole cutting off text for fun with an ellipsis is getting stupid... there is plenty of screen space to put that entire sentence on... and before someone says "its not final" thats what they do in metro... just look at win phone 7....

They don't use the ellipsis.