Windows 8 has entered its final pre-beta build

Windows 8 development is being followed by millions of PC developers and fans as they all wait for Microsoft to release the public beta build (or is that the Consumer Preview build?) sometime in late February. Now Winunleaked.tk has updated its Windows 8 build number list with the latest version, which it claims is the final pre-beta version of Microsoft's next PC operating system.

For those of you keeping score at home, the official build number is 8189.0.winmain.120120-1830. As previously reported by Winunleaked.tk, the next builds for Windows 8 will be labeled as Beta Escrow versions of the OS. The site claims Microsoft's own testers will then vote on which of the next Windows 8 builds will in fact be the final beta build with the decision being made on January 28. The beta build will then be shown at an internal Microsoft preview on January 30.

The road map now claims that the final beta build that will be released to the public will be labeled as winmain_win8b1. Hopefully the world will soon be able to gain access to Windows 8 in the next few weeks and we will of course let you know as soon as that happens.

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techguy77 said,
Windows 9 probably wont come with Metro.

It better not if they know whats good for them.

The whole Metro UI theme is hands down the lamest ugliest crap I've seen on any OS .
Im utterly shocked and stunned how the legion of fanoyz are soiling their panties over that butt ugly crap!

I feel almost sick looking at Windows 8 and knowing it will soon enough be jammed down my throat.
You can only hold out with an old OS, sooner or later and the inevitable fixing friends and family pcs or the request for an upgrade to what ever is newer (because newer = better)

Metro looks good ? Seriously ?
What are you guys on ? besides Bill Gates...

bring it on windows 8! the one thing i am still wondering is: will windows 8 be the final product name? it must be as they haven't mentioned anything else so far

dotf said,

HTML5, JavaScript and CSS are not too hard for the average joe.

he said program. javascript html5 and CSS are to programming what a street hooker is to a victoria secret supermodel.

slade37 said,
I'd like to see it use the new Kinect for Windows as an input device.

Unfortunately not going to happen - the Windows division aren't supporting it at all - and the MS Research division are aiming it squarely and hobbyists and researchers, and commercial usage right now - nothing with general consumers in mind.

Ice_Blue said,
As long as I can make my own tile groups in metro, and pan and zoom without scrollbars, I'll be happy.

Then you'll be happy. Because you can

I can't wait to try it out and see how it's going Lot's of good things we've been reading about it, lot's of under the hood tweaks that makes it have a pretty nice performance comparing to Win7.

Been wondering how 8 and os whatever will be needed really, i hate to say it but apart from dumping down photos i trend to love in my browser. I feel the os is becoming, in many ways, like The Office's 'unlimited paper in a paperless world'.

dancedar said,
Been wondering how 8 and os whatever will be needed really, i hate to say it but apart from dumping down photos i trend to love in my browser. I feel the os is becoming, in many ways, like The Office's 'unlimited paper in a paperless world'.

You sound like a person that the "out of the box" Metro would ideally suit. If all you do is web browse, and download photos, those are easily catered for with Metro's built-in apps and will likely give you a great experience.

Edited by Ryster, Jan 26 2012, 8:37pm :

JonathanMarston said,
Any word on a dev tools refresh? Will VS 2012 and .NET 4.5 go beta about the same time?

Hope so! Really want to get my hands on .Net 4.5 especially.

I'm just hoping for a .Net version of Blend for WinRT apps I'm assuming there will be a dev tool refresh considering the dev tools we had now were unfinished and using unfinished API's, and they're intending on actually opening the store during the BETA.

Edited by ~Johnny, Jan 26 2012, 11:35pm :

I'm hoping for some last minute changes to the Aero interface and icons. The latest pre-beta builds have been a disappointment, with the mish-mash of Metro and Vista/7 Aero and icons. The desktop needs more Metro to better blend with the start screen and metro apps.

You know what this means? Feature lock. No more new features, soon we get to see all that there will be on release

/Excited

Sraf said,
You know what this means? Feature lock. No more new features, soon we get to see all that there will be on release

/Excited

Nonsense, it doesn't mean that at all. The last 3 Windows versions I was involved with were having things added right the way to RC.

TCLN Ryster said,

Nonsense, it doesn't mean that at all. The last 3 Windows versions I was involved with were having things added right the way to RC.

I don't remember features being added after beta all the way back to vista, fixes, yes,, and turning on some features, but nothing new

TCLN Ryster said,

Nonsense, it doesn't mean that at all. The last 3 Windows versions I was involved with were having things added right the way to RC.

clearly you were not involved with win7

neonspark said,

clearly you were not involved with win7

Or Vista! I was a part of it all since the early...EARLY...Vista stage, and I promise you....just about every week or so, a new build of "Longhorn" would be released, with at least two or three features added that weren't there before, some even taken away. Hell, I still have all of the "Longhorn" DVD's that Microsoft used to send in the mail every couple of weeks....whether it was "checked builds", or considered "unchecked" (debugging options) depended on how fast it was or whatever....so yeah, you pegged that one on the head, neonspark!

Tablet and smartphone users can rejoice. Laptop and desktop PC users, with serious keyboard needs, will have to sick with Windows-7 or wait until Windows-9. Pity.

Of course not. Just because it's a touch-friendly operating system doesn't mean it's not awesome with a keyboard and mouse.

TsarNikky said,
Tablet and smartphone users can rejoice. Laptop and desktop PC users, with serious keyboard needs, will have to sick with Windows-7 or wait until Windows-9. Pity.

Do you even pay attention to the news regarding Windows 8? Also, do you realize that what we have tried so far is merely a dev preview?

Did you notice that they improved the start menu now, so that there's no scrollbar? Scrolling out with the mousewheel activates an overview (and scales the whole menu down). This feature alone is worth waiting for, and will change this thing forever.

Now, unfortunately there are still people like you (no offense intended), who seem to fail realizing that things will change, and that this is all just preview stuff. People like you contribute to making the overall "reputation" of Windows 8 worse, even after it has RTM'ed, because rumors like these will keep circling around.

For your record, Windows 7 didn't have the new taskbar until shortly before the beta came out, and there was quite a lot of leaked builds. Furthermore, Microsoft changed the looks of the taskbar from beta to RC as well slightly, and made several visual improvements too.

Have some optimism. Be cool!

That's all.

TsarNikky said,
Tablet and smartphone users can rejoice. Laptop and desktop PC users, with serious keyboard needs, will have to sick with Windows-7 or wait until Windows-9. Pity.

I dont understand how having a button in the left corner and a full empty screen with some icons that can be clicked on is better for keyboard and mouse.. before i used the W8 Developer Preview I never used my keyboard on the main menu but now i use it more then ever.. I can push the start key and type a website and search the internet.. you cant do that right now on W7..

TsarNikky said,
Tablet and smartphone users can rejoice. Laptop and desktop PC users, with serious keyboard needs, will have to sick with Windows-7 or wait until Windows-9. Pity.

<begin fanboy persona>

You just fear change!!!

<end fanboy persona>

warwagon said,

No, what we fear is a loss of productivity.


Perhaps you'd like to explain how this loss of productivity will come about?

TCLN Ryster said,

Perhaps you'd like to explain how this loss of productivity will come about?

exactly.

All I see are increases in productivity once people get familiar with what tiles offer, and how the Apps can share information.
Most people can barely grasp copy/paste.
This paradigm shift is meant for them.

TsarNikky said,
Tablet and smartphone users can rejoice. Laptop and desktop PC users, with serious keyboard needs, will have to sick with Windows-7 or wait until Windows-9. Pity.

why, win8 has faster performance, better shell features, better power consumption profiles, more advanced networking... win8 makes win7 feel like what windows XP did to win ME. enjoy living in the past.

warwagon said,

No, what we fear is a loss of productivity.

You are so correct. How can "twack and peck" on a screen come even close to a touch typist on a full-sized keyboard for data entry? One or two fingers vs. ten!

TCLN Ryster said,

Perhaps you'd like to explain how this loss of productivity will come about?

Metro wont cause lose of productivity cause people wont simply use it in Business Environments.

neonspark said,

why, win8 has faster performance, better shell features, better power consumption profiles, more advanced networking... win8 makes win7 feel like what windows XP did to win ME. enjoy living in the past.

Windows 8 is not any faster than Windows 7 and Windows 7 is not any faster than Windows XP, it is a hardware you upgrade every time

M_Lyons10 said,
Cool. I can't wait to play around with the Beta. I hope it's a little more VM friendly than the Dev Preview...

No beta, consumer preview

HawkMan said,

No beta, consumer preview

LOL Tomato Tomato... I guess we'll just have to see if there's a "b" in the build number that gets released in February. lol

M_Lyons10 said,
Cool. I can't wait to play around with the Beta. I hope it's a little more VM friendly than the Dev Preview...

Definitely looking forward to the consumer preview / beta! Will be interesting to see how Microsoft has (hopefully) improved interaction using Windows 8 on a non-touchscreen computer, using Metro.

I hope there is XBox and Media Center integration in this build. I've been curious how they were going to handle this since it was announced that they both would be in the final build of Windows 8.

Drewidian said,
I hope there is XBox and Media Center integration in this build. I've been curious how they were going to handle this since it was announced that they both would be in the final build of Windows 8.

Those apps are separate from the actual build process of Windows. You'll likely see them as apps you can get from the Windows store.