Windows 8 RTM build number reportedly goes up to 8523

A few days ago, screenshots from an unreleased build of Windows 8 found their way to the Internet. Those images reportedly come from the 8516 build of the OS. Now the site that leaked those screenshots reports that the current Windows 8 Release to Manufacturing (RTM) candidate build number from Microsoft has gone beyond 8516.

Winunleaked.info (free registration required) claims that the current build for Windows 8 RTM is now 8523.0.win8_rtm.120723-1815. If accurate, it shows that Microsoft continues to tweak and change elements in Windows 8 in the days leading up to its final version.

Microsoft is expected to complete the RTM build of Windows 8 sometime in the first week of August. Once that happens, the final build will be replicated on discs and sent to PC makers to install on new PCs, along with discs that will be packaged in retail stores. The official launch of Windows 8 is scheduled for October 26th. The company has already announced that Windows XP, Vista and 7 owners can upgrade their PC to Windows 8 for just $39.99 from the time of its release to January 31, 2013. People who buy a new PC between now and January 31 will be able to get a Windows 8 update for just $14.99.

Source: Winunleaked.info

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Does the build # really mean this much to people? lulz

Wonder if there is a bet in Vegas over what the final RTM build # will be...

In regards to the topic..
I would like to see them do something about the icons.
Why have 2d black and white flat icons all over and then use
the old 3d ones from Windows 7 ..doesn't make sense
they need to fix the Windows 8 UI so it matches the old 3D icons !
Get rid of this stupid looking tiny flat ones lol

I am Not PCyr said,
In regards to the topic..
I would like to see them do something about the icons.
Why have 2d black and white flat icons all over and then use
the old 3d ones from Windows 7 ..doesn't make sense
they need to fix the Windows 8 UI so it matches the old 3D icons !
Get rid of this stupid looking tiny flat ones lol

maybe because Metro is flat and desktop is not? also, flat icons are often more distinguishable and print-friendly than 3D ones. all the unnecessary details, chrome and such only render icon useless in small scale. here some example of what I'm talking about: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/5044270/icons.png
you can see that Borderlands have simple and easily distinguishable logo as icon, no problems what so ever at identifying game if you're familiar with it. Binary Domain at other hand too have unique distinguishable logo, but added chrome and effects make it a mess unreadable at small scale. Alice in Wonderland 2 don't use any chrome or effects, but a face of character that involves details will degrade and become unreadable as the scale of icon goes down. lastly, Just Cause uses a full-blown poster as icon which is a total mess and hard to recognize even at larger scale.
so here you go, for icons - less details, gradients and effects the better. flat simplistic silhouette seem to work the best for this purpose.

METRO IS SO UGLY! I do not understand how a whole bunch of squares rammed together makes a useable UI?!?! For the love of Darwin can we please get an OS that dosent want to be only for the stupid toy people.

Iridium said,
METRO IS SO UGLY! I do not understand how a whole bunch of squares rammed together makes a useable UI?!?! For the love of Darwin can we please get an OS that dosent want to be only for the stupid toy people.

Then don't use it.

They need to revamp the Mail App because it's not that good at the moment. Integrating the Calendar App would be a nice place to start. I love the Peek feature in Outlook for Office 2013, but it would be nice to have something similar for folks not willing to dish out the cash for Office.

TruckWEB said,
None of the built-in Windows 8 Metro apps are good. They all feel incomplete and overly simple (missing features).

Microsoft has already stated that what you see in the release preview are still preview versions of the apps. For instance, IMAP/POP support is supposed to be here in the RTM build.

TruckWEB said,
None of the built-in Windows 8 Metro apps are good. They all feel incomplete and overly simple (missing features).

They are supposed to - that's why they use the word "preview" everywhere.

I really don't get the people who complain about the theme. If it bothers you so much, do what is done since the dawn of time: change the theme! I am sure Windowblinds and other solutions will be readily available to do so.

Kombatant said,
I really don't get the people who complain about the theme. If it bothers you so much, do what is done since the dawn of time: change the theme! I am sure Windowblinds and other solutions will be readily available to do so.

I can't wait to see some borderless themes. For me, metro is just a full screen start menu, I can do the same things in 7 and metro start. That right click advanced menu is a nice bonus and I like it. Regardless transparency, well tbh I'm quite sick of it, using it for like 5-6 years since Vista RC 1, i'm not saying that windows 8 is looking better, but with the right themes I think it will be "cool".

I really don't get the people who complain about the theme. ?

because your missing the obvious..
The problems people are addressing go way beyond the theme.
How is this not obvious ? Did you even try Windows 8 ?

I am Not PCyr said,
I really don't get the people who complain about the theme. ?

because your missing the obvious..
The problems people are addressing go way beyond the theme.
How is this not obvious ? Did you even try Windows 8 ?

I have win 8 installed in a vm and used it a lot since Developer Preview, I have no problems with it at all. Metro is not a problem for me, I treat it just like the start menu in Win 7, as for the metro aps, never used them and never will (uac disabled).
I can still search just like win 7, pin programs, folders, files (with some tweaks though) and I can easily adapt. All the programs that I have in win 7, have no problems running in 8. When vista appeared, a lot of people hated it, even though I had no problems with it at all. As for the theme, I will change it, just like I did with xp, vista and 7.
A lot of people hate metro, how much time do they actually spend in it or the 7 start menu? It's not like I have to run photoshop or vmware inside metro to complain, I just press win key and click the shortcut, just like I do in 7, or better, pin it to the taskbar.
Metro has it's problems though, like not having an universal search or that you need to do some tweaks to boot directly into the desktop. I also agree that for some people this transition to full screen and desktop can be irritating.

darth_vader said,

Metro has it's problems though, like not having an universal search .

Metro absolutely has universal search. Windows key + Q for searching apps, Windows key + F for searching Files and Windows Key + W for searching settings. Or, if you're in the start screen, just start typing.

darth_vader said,

Metro has it's problems though, like not having an universal search .

Metro absolutely has universal search. Windows key + Q for searching apps, Windows key + F for searching Files and Windows Key + W for searching settings. Or, if you're in the start screen, just start typing.

Sszecret said,

Metro absolutely has universal search. Windows key + Q for searching apps, Windows key + F for searching Files and Windows Key + W for searching settings. Or, if you're in the start screen, just start typing.

I know about the shortcuts, but doesn't change the fact that you can't search in all categories at once, you need to specify using either other shortcuts or changing the category manually. Not a big deal for me anyway as the advanced menu has the most options there and I'm already used to the kb shortcuts. For now, the only "tweak" that i'll miss is pinning any files or folders to any programs in your taskbar (without additional software). I'll need to pin those in the metro start.

The thing is in my opinion that Metro en regular desktop aren't that logically integrated. Sometimes I expect to be in Metro interface, and it switches to Desktop and vice versa. Also Windows explorer had no Metro look.
Anyways, awaiting to install Windows 8 onto my notebook since - love it or hate it - this is the way Microsoft sees the future of computing (Metro & tiles).
And the Metro interface is quite neat looking if you'd asked me.

Windows 8 looks just like windows 7. The only difference is the lack of a start button. If you don't like the metro then just use the regular desktop. When you are in the regular desktop it looks just like seven. No one is forcing any one to use metro when the traditional desktop is there and can be booted directly into. The faster boot times and better multi monitor support alone have me using it and I won't ever touch the metro will stick 100% to traditional desktop.

kblasterbug said,
Windows 8 looks just like windows 7. The only difference is the lack of a start button. If you don't like the metro then just use the regular desktop. When you are in the regular desktop it looks just like seven. No one is forcing any one to use metro when the traditional desktop is there and can be booted directly into. The faster boot times and better multi monitor support alone have me using it and I won't ever touch the metro will stick 100% to traditional desktop.

shhh, logic isnt permitted here. My point exactly, you dont ever have to mess with the Metro side of Windows 8 95% of the time. You can just resume into the traditional desktop when logging back on.

kblasterbug said,
Windows 8 looks just like windows 7.[...] When you are in the regular desktop it looks just like seven.

No, it doesn't?! Personally I actually like the look of Windows 8 a little better.

kblasterbug said,
Windows 8 looks just like windows 7. The only difference is the lack of a start button. If you don't like the metro then just use the regular desktop. When you are in the regular desktop it looks just like seven. No one is forcing any one to use metro when the traditional desktop is there and can be booted directly into. The faster boot times and better multi monitor support alone have me using it and I won't ever touch the metro will stick 100% to traditional desktop.

OR
Wrap Windows 7 Explorer to Windows 8:
http://www.neowin.net/forum/to...ndows-8/page__fromsearch__1

CJEric said,

No, it doesn't?! Personally I actually like the look of Windows 8 a little better.

I do too but remember the RTM build won't have glass and will feature the finished Metro theme for the traditional desktop.

kblasterbug said,
Windows 8 looks just like windows 7. The only difference is the lack of a start button. If you don't like the metro then just use the regular desktop. When you are in the regular desktop it looks just like seven. No one is forcing any one to use metro when the traditional desktop is there and can be booted directly into. The faster boot times and better multi monitor support alone have me using it and I won't ever touch the metro will stick 100% to traditional desktop.

Wait hold up, you can boot directly to the desktop? I guess i missed that.

Are your kidding yourself? The UI is ugly and there will be no change. This is another fail OS for MS in the desktop arena. For tablets it may make some progress. For desktop and laptop owners Windows 7 will own Windows 8 for a long long time...

Michael Churma III said,
Are your kidding yourself? The UI is ugly and there will be no change. This is another fail OS for MS in the desktop arena. For tablets it may make some progress. For desktop and laptop owners Windows 7 will own Windows 8 for a long long time...
I'm assuming that because you said "another fail" that your entire comment is simply an opinion. And it's okay to have opinions. Everyone's entitled to have the wrong opinion

Mulsivaas said,
I'm assuming that because you said "another fail" that your entire comment is simply an opinion. And it's okay to have opinions. Everyone's entitled to have the wrong opinion

Unless your opinion is anything other than "Go Apple" or "Go Google/Android" then you are an evil, evil hater and must be destroyed.

Michael Churma III said,
Are your kidding yourself? The UI is ugly and there will be no change. This is another fail OS for MS in the desktop arena. For tablets it may make some progress. For desktop and laptop owners Windows 7 will own Windows 8 for a long long time...

and your another person that knows better than everyone else, your the best at computers in this whole galaxy

Mulsivaas said,
Everyone's entitled to have the wrong opinion

couldn't agree more with the OP
AND
your comment.. thanks for making my point for me lol

Michael Churma III said,
Are your kidding yourself? The UI is ugly and there will be no change. This is another fail OS for MS in the desktop arena. For tablets it may make some progress. For desktop and laptop owners Windows 7 will own Windows 8 for a long long time...

funny thing is, despite all the whining here and there on the net I never met anyone IRL who dislikes the Windows 8 or it's Metro interface except for one person who just don't want to change anything (stick with Windows 7) and admits being conservative. this person also had some frustration to overcome and time to adapt the Windows 7, but it did paid off.