Windows 8 RTM build 8518 screenshots appear

New screenshots have appeared of the Windows 8 RTM branch, courtesy of WinUnleaked, that reveal some last-minute changes and additions made by the Windows team. First up, in the coloring menu Microsoft has removed the option, previously seen in June, to independently color the taskbar and windows, meaning you are now stuck with the same color for both. Also, Internet Explorer 10 now interacts with the color that you choose, and new tabs and buttons have been spotted.

New branding has also been spotted in Internet Explorer 10, sporting a style close to Microsoft's Metro guidelines.

Also shown are the new themes, wallpapers and lock screen backgrounds that will presumably be available once Windows 8 finally ships.

Finally, WinUnleaked showed the bootscreen that will be present in Windows 8, although you shouldn't be seeing too much of it as Windows 8 can boot remarkably quickly.

According to the user vNext, who leaked these screenshots to WinUnleaked, the Windows Team is working on last minute preparations before a final sign-off. Microsoft has stated publicly that Windows 8 should reach the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) stage in the first week of August, before hitting retail on October 26th.

Source: WinUnleaked

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Hate the look and Metro is going to be a chore I suspect, but it's OK. I'm more interested in performance.

As long as I can run Directory Opus (double click anywhere on desktop to launch), my Adobe CS6 suite runs faster and games perform better, I'm in. I'm sure there will be plenty of ways to make it prettier.

Considering that windows 8 is near final release i actually expected to see GUI...i don't know...more attractive, but this just looks like some alpha release. If it stays in final, they should fire their graphic developer team.

I'm sorry but it looks like disjointed arse. My first desktop colouring and a mishmash of design ideas (idea being how do we force metro on this bitch!)

in this forum who and al saying metro ui ugly go hang urself manymany dif betyween seven and eight dnt hav software talent to find dif ?????? ( finger )

1. fast boot with in 5 sec
2. pic passwrd awesome
3. startup fix so easy boot error
4.one of the best ui ever seen live tiles awesome apps but if u guys configure properly use apps in background very useful
5.lot of nyc tweak gud boot menu
6. fully contain of apps without net and les ram not much use beter than win 7 i luv this ui need little ui changes imean colour ui live tiles beter rich look hd fruitninjasapp

I think it's funny that you guys (Neowin staff) are making such a big deal about RTM screenshots, when anybody who wants to see the new UI and can't wait till it RTMs can just install the Server preview. Am I the only one who noticed that the new non-glass UI was in Server?

Darrian said,
I think it's funny that you guys (Neowin staff) are making such a big deal about RTM screenshots, when anybody who wants to see the new UI and can't wait till it RTMs can just install the Server preview. Am I the only one who noticed that the new non-glass UI was in Server?

The glassed UI is still in the Server 2012 RC. You must fully enable the Desktop Experience and full desktop visual effects to get it. Don't forget that in server edition, visual effects and the Aero theme are not enabled by default.

Finally! We can "unify" the desktop UI with Metro... More or less...

I love Aero, especially on Vista (much more than on 7), but with MetroUI on 8 Aero looks out of place. I was expecting this before it was revealed, and now I can rest easy. For me, this is a big turn-around in Windows 8, and something that just might make me decide to get it.

Gotta give it to Microsoft though,
It must have taken courage to come out of the closet after all these years !
Metro[Sexual] pretty pink colors.. charms..
You go girl, work it

Windows 8:
The Fabulous Operating System

Dual Boot with Debian, do you ppl undertand that?. I wont install this **** if I cant install ANY linux counter partner. If I cant dual boot, then **** YOU.

i looked at the first picture and then opened my Windows 7 window color options
and started laughing LOL
It seems most comments approve of this whole design and
it also seems most people have no taste what so ever..
This is a gruesome hideous abomination of an OS's visual style / scheme.
I'm shocked and disgusted at Microsoft AND the seemingly insane
cheer leaders giving Microsoft a "happy ending" for this atrocious display
of ill conceived and poorly thought out design ideas.
Horrendous !
Enjoy your flat 2D crayon pastel colors on your Metro Charms girls lol

I am Not PCyr said,
i looked at the first picture and then opened my Windows 7
Enjoy your flat 2D crayon pastel colors on your Metro Charms girls lol

Based on the Hue/Saturation/Brightness sliders, your colors are whatever you want them to be. The color blocks are just default options.

Its really mixed up with aero and metro, I feel somewhat lost in the experience I want it to be in some sort of unison, waiting so paitently

I don't understand how they think removing the glass effects will improve anything when the desktop is still 3D-accelerated.

In the Release Preview, I picked the "Sky" color (I hate the automatic mode), and I lowered the color intensity as low as it can go. Even after all the years of using Windows Vista and Windows 7, I still admire the glass effect. I'm really going to miss it.

Looks like a mess to me. If you go Metro, go for Metro from A to Z... very inconsistent... Aero icons, Aero shadows, some Metro buttons, some Aero buttons, etc.

Horrible

myxomatosis said,
Looks like a mess to me. If you go Metro, go for Metro from A to Z... very inconsistent... Aero icons, Aero shadows, some Metro buttons, some Aero buttons, etc.

Horrible


I agree 100%.

I have not seen anyone mention the one feature that no one has seen yet, and that I am anticipating the most. The Help section. Should be very very interesting.

That will be the first thing I look for in RTM. There are too many "undiscoverable" issues with Win 8, if they somehow address this in a creative way, it could go a very very long way.

Give me Windows 8 without metro and i am sold. I don't want to hear "stick with windows 7 then" because Windows 8 is more than just metro as metro is just a UI and is not the reason why Windows 8 is smoother than 7. There are many other enhancements to Windows 8 that i would love to have but my hate for metro ui is just so much. I sure hope after 8 hits the shelves that we will begin to see more third party software devs like Stardock take on projects in an attempt to disable metro ui and give us the option of having Aero with a desktop which i prefer. Windows 8 does not belong on a desktop, i see no real advantages of installing on a desktop unless your rich and can afford a touch screen but even then i can get around just as quick in 7 as i found i could in 8, probably because i have been using it for so long. Honestly how unrealistic is it to have the speed and other enhancements of Windows 8 in a Windows 7 environment?.

I'm loving how clean this looks. Remember that these are just screenshots, when seen live it looks much better.

I agree the bootscreen needs some work. i'd prefer a dark grey version of the Windows icon instead of that bright blue.

The consumer market will be flooded by Windows 8.
Business will ignore it with a vengeance.
Windows 7 will prevail for as long as Microsoft keep it available.
They really should learn about how to make something look nice by checking out OSX.

Gordon Keenan said,
The consumer market will be flooded by Windows 8.
Business will ignore it with a vengeance.
Windows 7 will prevail for as long as Microsoft keep it available.
They really should learn about how to make something look nice by checking out OSX.

They did this "reimagination" now, because businesses are in the middle of the migration process to Windows 7, so they were going to ignore the next version of Windows anyway.

rev23dev said,
Which is why it was the perfect time to do a drastic change like this. Businesses weren't going to do Windows 8 anyways.

Sadly.... they are ignoring the market that makes them the most money..... Had they released 8 with no Metro then there would be nothing but praise! But, time will tell on what the public thinks.... I'm certainly not going to back Microsoft on having a winning formula with this though. Time will tell...

Gordon Keenan said,

Sadly.... they are ignoring the market that makes them the most money..... Had they released 8 with no Metro then there would be nothing but praise! But, time will tell on what the public thinks.... I'm certainly not going to back Microsoft on having a winning formula with this though. Time will tell...

Enterprise customers aren't going to just up and leave Microsoft and head over to Linux. They run no risk of that. What they ran the risk of is becoming obsolete in the consumer market and needed something big. Whether it will pan out is a different story (I think it will) but, people (enthusiasts) need to get out of the "Grrr Metro bad!" mindset. My wife was used to the Windows 8 RP in just a few days and that was with no tutorial. A "how-to" video in the RTM will make things fine.

Gordon Keenan said,
The consumer market will be flooded by Windows 8.
Business will ignore it with a vengeance.
Windows 7 will prevail for as long as Microsoft keep it available.
They really should learn about how to make something look nice by checking out OSX.

What are you talking about? A lot of Enterprises are already interested in what Windows 8 has to offer and especially the integration with the tons of new Enterprise-ready features and integration Windows Phone 8 has. (Heard this from many sources + even some insiders)

Gordon Keenan said,
Sadly.... they are ignoring the market that makes them the most money..... Had they released 8 with no Metro then there would be nothing but praise! But, time will tell on what the public thinks.... I'm certainly not going to back Microsoft on having a winning formula with this though. Time will tell...

Enterprise customers pay a flat rate subscription each year so there is no money lost by the lack of Windows 8 uptake in the enterprise market - same can be said for government departments and the education sector which normally come under such an arrangement.

Windows 8 is out there for consumers, tablets and phone with Windows 9 bringing everything into sync - yes, even as a Mac user I believe that Microsoft is finally on the right path by brining Windows, Office and online services into harmony with each other.

Haters are gonna hate - lets wait to see how things turn out

Mr Nom Nom's said,

Haters are gonna hate - lets wait to see how things turn out

Its all we can all do is wait and see how it will fair.
As a mac user and PC user, I appreciate all aspects of what each have to offer.
I just feel that Metro is what will be the major disaster for Microsoft in this release...

Time will tell!

Hmm question.. the final RTM build is just the OEM one correct? I remember with windows 7 RTM it was not ladled RTM in any way other than the download and maybe ISO name. Once installed it didn't say RTM anywhere.

With windows 8 will this be the same? Just noticed in your screenshot it said RTM. Be interesting if that tags removed on final RTM.

Making the windows and taskbar change colour together makes sense, having the taskbar and window borders a different colour looked stupid.

Javik said,
Making the windows and taskbar change colour together makes sense, having the taskbar and window borders a different colour looked stupid.

How is it stupid? What if I want white window borders and a task bar that matches the desktop wallpaper?

I was expecting screenshots of the new icons, if there are changes. XD
Oh well. I don't like the new boot logo. Either paint it white or stick with the 'Windows' one.

Everything's starting to come together now, if the boot logo colour is configurable or automatically adjusted to the colour scheme that would be awesome. If not, I'm not to fussed.

Northgrove said,
They forgot to remove the drop shadows in Explorer thumbnails. There are no drop shadows in Metro designs at all.

They aren't technically designing the whole OS to look like "metro" on the phone, they can keep the same style and make things a little different.

The screenshots are nothing to show off. I hope the solid colors don't get in my way while typing in Office 2013 or while browsing IE. There is a 99% chance that I will manually change the color to grey for better experience.

It looks good except for the boot screen logo, I dislike its color, and I just hope they include a new icon set, it would be a shame if they leave the old Win7 icons along with Metro, that would be a horribly looking mess.

Looks interesting, I think the whole Metro thing will become much more understandable once it is consistent system wide

I looks a lot like they are replacing words with pictures though

Detection said,
Looks interesting, I think the whole Metro thing will become much more understandable once it is consistent system wide

That will be Windows 9.

excellent, everything looks great. Except for that bootscreen. They should keep the bootscreen from the Release Preview where it just said "Windows". I thought that was pretty sexy.

FalseAgent said,
excellent, everything looks great. Except for that bootscreen. They should keep the bootscreen from the Release Preview where it just said "Windows". I thought that was pretty sexy.

I have never become aroused over a boot screen.

It's great news! I have been waiting all these years to go back to the look and feel of Windows 3.11.

C'mon Microsoft, the colour scheme and the overall look and feel of Metro is so bad. Metro itself is what is going to make this into Vista MkII to the general public.

Get someone in who has a talent for creativity and design, not some idiot who can use a crayon and can sell crap to anyone.

Windows 8 should be without Metro.
Metro should only be on tablets.

Gordon Keenan said,
It's great news! I have been waiting all these years to go back to the look and feel of Windows 3.11.

C'mon Microsoft, the colour scheme and the overall look and feel of Metro is so bad. Metro itself is what is going to make this into Vista MkII to the general public.

Get someone in who has a talent for creativity and design, not some idiot who can use a crayon and can sell crap to anyone.

Windows 8 should be without Metro.
Metro should only be on tablets.

You must have finally convinced them! I just read they're delaying Windows 8 another year to pull out Metro, just because you asked for it!


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[quote=rev23dev said,]

You must have finally convinced them! I just read they're delaying Windows 8 another year to pull out Metro, just because you asked for it!


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How did you manage to get the email I received?? I got a public apology from Bill Gates himself and said he would sort that idiot Balmer out once and for all.

Have to say, really is nice to know that Bill Gates takes my points to heart!

Hmm... Not fan of this new design language at all (fugly imo) & color selection/options esp. with removed color options.

yodat said,
Hmm... Not fan of this new design language at all (fugly imo) & color selection/options esp. with removed color options.

It's not even consistent. Windows Explorer has back forward buttons in regular style. But IE 9/10 has to get that partially sliced and huge ass back button.

There is absolutely no co-ordination between various UI teams. Vista suffered from same inconsistency across various applications and same is repeated in Windows 8.

Some companies just never learn from their past mistakes.

sanke1 said,

It's not even consistent. Windows Explorer has back forward buttons in regular style. But IE 9/10 has to get that partially sliced and huge ass back button.

There is absolutely no co-ordination between various UI teams. Vista suffered from same inconsistency across various applications and same is repeated in Windows 8.

Some companies just never learn from their past mistakes.

That's the part that bothers the hell out of me. I'm a fan of the Metro UI as it was done in the Zune Software but after that, not so much. The Start Screen is great for tablets but that's another discussion.

Now we have four different implementations of Metro across Windows. The Start Screen, the desktop, Internet Explorer, and Office. None of them rival the Zune software if you ask me, which had this fluidity to it that Microsoft hasn't even attempted to match on the desktop since.

sanke1 said,
It's not even consistent. Windows Explorer has back forward buttons in regular style. But IE 9/10 has to get that partially sliced and huge ass back button.

Why consistently apply one new interface style if you can have everything ranging from Windows 95 to 8 poorly slapped together?

I love the look of it all. Though not the biggest fan of the bootscreen, it would look nicer if the logo was white. The light blue just sticks out badly.

But again, I'm liking the look of the UI, and features, and can't wait to upgrade.

Earth Wallpaper Set , yeah others are from Mars!
Amazing , IE is also finally getting updates!(Tab bar , gradient of back button)

bogas04 said,
Earth Wallpaper Set , yeah others are from Mars!

Haha yes!

It'll be better renamed "Landscapes" instead, if the thumbnail is any indication.