Windows 8 beta road map leaked?

Windows 8 is officially still in its pre-beta phase of development, with Microsoft only saying that the next version of its PC operating system will be released to the public in a beta form sometime in late February. A few days ago, the well known Windows 8 screenshot leak web site Winunleaked.tk claimed that the current version number for Windows 8 is up to 8176.

Now that same web site has claimed to have gotten a hold of Microsoft's current development road map for Windows 8. It claims that from now until January 23, Windows 8 will be considered to be in pre-beta form at Microsoft. On January 23, Windows 8 will go into what is known as Beta Escrow.

After that, the article claims that Microsoft testers will then vote on which of the Windows 8 builds will in fact be the final beta build with the decision being made on January 28. Finally, the article claims that the beta build will be shown at an internal Microsoft preview on January 30. The target build number for the final beta will be 8200.winmain_win8b1.

Of course, none of this has been confirmed by Microsoft itself, but if true, the timeline certainly tracks with what Microsoft has already said about the Windows 8 beta being released to the public in February. Again we are looking to Microsoft's CES 2012 keynote address, to be held later this week in Las Vegas, for more information on Windows 8 release plans.

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That beta version had best have a lot of "substance" for PC users (not tablet users), or it will be come a Vista redux. So far, only two significant features have been revealed of interest to serious date-entry intensive PC users.

I wish if Microsoft releases a feature in beta like Applications folder (like MAC) which keeps all the shortcuts of installed apps at one location.

You mean...like the...Start menu?

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Joshie said,
You mean...like the...Start menu?

Actually I think he means more like the Program Files folder. That's basically what the Applications folder is.

techhahn said,
I wish if Microsoft releases a feature in beta like Applications folder (like MAC) which keeps all the shortcuts of installed apps at one location.

Firstly-MAC (Media Access Control)=/=Mac (Macintosh). Second-as Joshie mentioned-the start menu serves that purpose, and has since Windows 95. Sure, installations often load other crap in there as well, such as uninstallers or readme files, but you can delete those. Heck, you can even categorize the applications in subfolders like in some of the Linux distros, if you so desire.

Intrinsica said,

Actually I think he means more like the Program Files folder. That's basically what the Applications folder is.

I think he's referring to the Applications folder on the Mac OS dock which, to the user, is just a big pop-up of shortcuts to installed applications (the Program Files folder is just where some software is installed, and isn't meant to be opened directly to launch programs).

But the dock's Applications folder is nothing more than a big dumping ground for an alphabetical list of every program. The Start menu does all of this, and more with its extra organizational features, and has been doing it for 17 years.

Cryton said,
Wait, testers VOTE to decide which of the betas is final beta? That sounds... silly to me.

Why is it silly? Who should decide on builds then, if not testers?

Cryton said,
Wait, testers VOTE to decide which of the betas is final beta? That sounds... silly to me.

They get to vote internally, this isn't anything different from previous releases. Certain builds get handed out and tested before one becomes the final build.

dagamer34 said,
As far as we know, the beta will be feature complete, right?

IE9 beta wasn't feature complete, I wouldn't assume Win8 beta would be.

dagamer34 said,
As far as we know, the beta will be feature complete, right?

Beta should be API complete, for devs etc, as far as user features I think those get locked down at RC time.

dagamer34 said,
As far as we know, the beta will be feature complete, right?

Beta is kind of like 'experience complete' in that the feel of the OS is pretty much in place, even if not all features are fully implemented just yet. RC (release candidate) is, by definition, feature complete, and when we can really start judging the OS as if it were already on store shelves.

However, though one isn't planned for W8, if a beta 2 comes to exist (likely only if there are serious problems with beta 1), that will be just as feature complete as an RC.

This is all me going by MS's history of beta cycles.

funkydude said,

IE9 beta wasn't feature complete, I wouldn't assume Win8 beta would be.

IE9 beta was complete feature, the developer preview before beta wasn't complete feature. And yes, Win 7 beta was complete feature if you really want to compare.

Croy said,
IE9 beta was complete feature, the developer preview before beta wasn't complete feature. And yes, Win 7 beta was complete feature if you really want to compare.

No. IE9's RC had changes suggested by many users from the Beta, such as tabs on bottom.

Aethec said,

No. IE9's RC had changes suggested by many users from the Beta, such as tabs on bottom.

...Tracking Protection was a major feature that wasn't in beta but was in RC.