Windows 8 latest build number revealed


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On Wednesday, Microsoft posted up their latest Windows 8 developers blog entry which showed a video of Windows 8 running on a touch screen device. Part of the video showed a Windows 8 desktop which was masked off. Now someone has uncovered what Microsoft masked off in that video, showing that the build number for Windows 8 in that demo was in fact Build 8165.fbl_fun_resp.111205-2000. The screenshot originally appeared on the Mydigitallife.com forums.

While the screenshot comes from Build 8165, Microsoft has already moved on from that version of Windows 8 as it tries to make its late February deadline to launch the public beta version of the operating system. The Winunleaked.tk web site says that the latest known build of Windows 8 is Build 8176.0.winmain.120103-1820.

It will be interesting to see if Microsoft will be showing off the latest build of Windows 8 at next week's CES 2012 keynote and then later on the CES show floor at Microsoft's booth. We hopefully should also get more clarity concerning the launch date for the beta version as well as a launch date period for the final version of Windows 8. Neowin will be reporting from CES 2012 with all of the details.

tl;dr: Video used build 8165; latest build is 8176.

Image via MyDigitalLife.com

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People saying there's nothing new in Windows 8 for desktop need to sit back and be patient. All we've seen so far is a dev preview and some leaked builds, most likely with additional features disabled. Remember Windows 7 at this stage? We still didn't even have the super bar in the dev preview, which we all know turned out to be Windows 7's most visible new feature.

Microsoft has been talking a lot about Metro and tablets because they need devs to start building applications for tablets so they're ready when it RTMs later this year. The dev preview was designed to preview the new touch-first environment and development tools, not be a comprehensive preview of everything that will be in Windows 8...

JonathanMarston said,
People saying there's nothing new in Windows 8 for desktop need to sit back and be patient. All we've seen so far is a dev preview and some leaked builds, most likely with additional features disabled. Remember Windows 7 at this stage? We still didn't even have the super bar in the dev preview, which we all know turned out to be Windows 7's most visible new feature.

Microsoft has been talking a lot about Metro and tablets because they need devs to start building applications for tablets so they're ready when it RTMs later this year. The dev preview was designed to preview the new touch-first environment and development tools, not be a comprehensive preview of everything that will be in Windows 8...

+1. I'm tired of everybody complaining about the lack of new features / icons / UI - if people looked back at Windows 7 build 6801 (Which is pretty much equivalent to the dev preview) they would see what looked like Windows Vista at the time. It was pretty much identical aside from a few new tidbits of inconsistent new UI here and there. Look what Windows 7 turned into. People need to hold their horses and wait for an actual beta release.

"...But your average joe who just does a bit of web browsing, emailing, chatting, etc, will be perfectly suited for Metro..."

There is a lot more to do with a destop pc than web browsing, emailing, chatting,...What's in for us ? I would say stick with seven !!!

Buzz99 said,
"...But your average joe who just does a bit of web browsing, emailing, chatting, etc, will be perfectly suited for Metro..."

There is a lot more to do with a destop pc than web browsing, emailing, chatting,...What's in for us ? I would say stick with seven !!!

I would say wait for RTM! By then whatever they intend to do will be finalized. Once its RTM there is no turning back.

...But your average joe who just does a bit of web browsing, emailing, chatting, etc, will be perfectly suited for Metro...

There is a lot more to o

"Where's the beef?" for the millions of PC users? With, maybe one exception, all that's been shown is a lot of flash and sizzle for tablets and smart-phone type devices.

TsarNikky said,
"Where's the beef?" for the millions of PC users? With, maybe one exception, all that's been shown is a lot of flash and sizzle for tablets and smart-phone type devices.

The Metro interface has alot of promise for regular desktops as well as those tablets/phones you speak of. Once app developers have written their apps to support Metro, this will bring a much richer experience with greater integration between apps, and interface simplicity to your average PC consumer.

Not talking about power users though, who will likely spend most of their time on the classic desktop. But your average joe who just does a bit of web browsing, emailing, chatting, etc, will be perfectly suited for Metro.

TsarNikky said,
"Where's the beef?" for the millions of PC users? With, maybe one exception, all that's been shown is a lot of flash and sizzle for tablets and smart-phone type devices.

Couldn't be further from the truth.

I have to say, as much as I am excited for the beta, Microsoft seems to have taken all the fun out of building a new OS. I remember back in the day when Longhorn, and Windows 7 were in development, you would sit an anxiously await new builds that featured new icons, wallpapers, etc. The only thing to look forward to in Windows 8 is the Metro OE. I'm anxious to see how they have progressed with keyboard/mouse interaction.

O5M3L said,
I have to agree here. I don't really like where Windows 8 is going.

Nor am I. First time I can remember that I couldn't care less about getting my hands on it. It just doesn't interest me the way they're designing the interface.

Dot Matrix said,
I have to say, as much as I am excited for the beta, Microsoft seems to have taken all the fun out of building a new OS. I remember back in the day when Longhorn, and Windows 7 were in development, you would sit an anxiously await new builds that featured new icons, wallpapers, etc. The only thing to look forward to in Windows 8 is the Metro OE. I'm anxious to see how they have progressed with keyboard/mouse interaction.

Actually, I think what kills things is that Microsoft has been pretty open with showing the Desktop and features while Vista/Windows 7 was very much locked down until there was a massive string of leaks.