Windows 8 RTM build to be 8600, new images surface

If the latest report out of China is to be believed, Windows 8 will RTM with the build 8600 and the development work for the RTM build should be completed by August first. If Windows 8 does hit RTM by August, it will be on track for a Fall release and most are pegging October as the expected release month.

If all of this turns out to be true, we will all have our hands on Windows 8 by the time the holiday season comes around, a crucial time for Microsoft. If Microsoft does get the product out the door and on to retail shelves before the holiday season, the busy sales season will help to boost Windows 8 market share from the start. We fully expect Microsoft to make this time-frame as it would be devastating to miss the holiday shopping season. 

Win8China has also posted up for our viewing pleasure a few images that show off the new UI theme that will be shipping with the RTM version of Windows 8. There will be several new options for you to choose from, all in the Easter friendly pastels that Microsoft has grown to love. 

With August just around the corner, it will not be long until OEMs get their hands on the OS and we start seeing Windows 8 products making their way on to store shelves. 

Source: Win8China

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i'm not a fan of the flat appearance but like everything Microsoft does, because this will be apart of our daily lives, i'm sure we will stick with it or customize it, so what i would say is try it out and then bitch, people hated Aero at first but now they are bitching that its going away, but yet Apple had the same interface for years, confused much!!!!

Aww, this sucks. On my Windows 8 RP computers, I changed from the automatic color scheme (which I found annoying) to the "Sky" color scheme, and I moved the color intensity as low as it can go.

To this day, I still find myself moving around different windows just to admire the Aero Glass effects.

I am not going to enjoy "upgrading" from the RP build to the RTM build. I can only hope that someone figures out a way to enable Aero Glass back without modifying system files.

I wonder if the secret is that windows 8 will be absolutely nothing like what we've seen because of past leaks and there is really another version that they are going to show..just to say "did you really think we'd let it all slip out again?"

I only hope they make it work better with dark colours. Currently the glow behind the window title is almost non-existent, so it becomes illegible on black colour.

It also makes little sense to make the taskbar use a white font, and the title bars use a black one, if you can't fix THAT.

Nollauno said,
Roll on Windows 9. Coz I'm not buying Vista 2 ... err mean Windows 8.

wow that was so clever and im sure you meant to say windows 8 even though you weren't bright enough to just delete vista 2 and correct yourself. koodos on the comment no one else has ever said. oh and this is the year of linux /sarcasm

Colin McGregor said,

oh and this is the year of linux /sarcasm

The "year of Linux" comments are really getting tired, especially considering the most popular mobile OS is built on it.

Way too much white space, man..

Judging from the 2nd picture window, the icons seem thrown together in an ocean of white boredom.

IMO It could look very nice with just a few tweaks, iron out the kinks (the border on the inside of the window frame completely ruins the clean look), but if I have to say anything good about this style, it is more consistent and easier to follow than the aero style (pretending they actually bothered to make metro icons). But I'm not convinced that completely removing drop shadows and gradients was a good idea, unless they were making WinRT for desktop apps, Win32 can't handle such a drastic change in style (even with aero programmers had to jump through hoops just to make their apps look native).

Since the Ribbon does have the ability to change colors programmatically, why don't they use those window/taskbar color options to color the Ribbon?

/ Vomit

After spending a few seconds looking at this it makes me start thinking that XP was beautiful again (which it isn't)

I remember someone on some forum speculated that the RTM build would be 8600 based on some math he did back when 78xx 79xx builds were leaking. Pretty neat.

Why is it that the DEFAULT theme is almost never the first image to be shown? It's as if people intentionally want the more controversial pictures first for debate. And then we see a stream of comments:

"These hideous screenshots have given me no pleasure whatsoever"
"When looking at the above screen shots can you blame people for complaining? I sure can't."
"Aarg....My eyes!"

IMO, the metro theme is only as ugly as you want it. People, by default, will see the 2nd theme, not the first one.

KevinN206 said,
Why is it that the DEFAULT theme is almost never the first image to be shown? It's as if people intentionally want the more controversial pictures first for debate. And then we see a stream of comments:

"These hideous screenshots have given me no pleasure whatsoever"
"When looking at the above screen shots can you blame people for complaining? I sure can't."
"Aarg....My eyes!"

IMO, the metro theme is only as ugly as you want it. People, by default, will see the 2nd theme, not the first one.

True. And the default theme looks fine to me. In fact, it's a lot less objectionable than some of the default themes from the past.

Article said

Win8China has also posted up for our viewing pleasure a few images that show off the new UI theme

Aargh...My eyes!

They've removed the white highlight from the running taskbar icons. Looks a lot sleeker.

Look at the 2nd image. The first one is horrible on too many levels.

I'm curious to see how the frame looks with the "Use the same color for window borders" switched off.

I also hope they build UI to adjust the window borders rather than having to tweak the registry.

eikonoklastes said,
I'm curious to see how the frame looks with the "Use the same color for window borders" switched off.

The border will be white with this setting switched off. Like in the 2nd screenshot.

daniel_rh said,
They should add a background image for decoration just like in the new Office

A background image in the new Office? I'm pretty sure that was a very faint watermark that some website had applied.

rfirth said,

A background image in the new Office? I'm pretty sure that was a very faint watermark that some website had applied.

It was.

RTM cannot be build 8600. Microsoft has this rule that the final build number has to be divideable by 100 and 16. Don't ask me why they do this, I remember reading about it a couple of years ago. It will probably be 8800.

floopydoodle said,
RTM cannot be build 8600. Microsoft has this rule that the final build number has to be divideable by 100 and 16. Don't ask me why they do this, I remember reading about it a couple of years ago. It will probably be 8800.

Windows XP build 2600 (RTM) - 2600 / 16 = 162.5

That doesn't look so bad. The colourization in Windows 8 could fit in better than Windows 7, with the latter having dominant shades of blue across the OS. White and grey are more neutral.

Only nitpick is that they should change the titlebar text to be white for darker colours than keeping it black.

"Win8China has also posted up for our viewing pleasure ..."

These hideous screenshots have given me no pleasure whatsoever. :-(((

I'm just hoping the RTM date is somewhat correct. My TechNet subscription runs out in September, and I probably won't have the money to renew it right away, but would love to be able to upgrade all of my test machines to Win8 before then.

roadwarrior said,
I'm just hoping the RTM date is somewhat correct. My TechNet subscription runs out in September, and I probably won't have the money to renew it right away, but would love to be able to upgrade all of my test machines to Win8 before then.

Windows 7 was put on MSDN/Technet 15 days after RTM. Probably looking at the same timeline with 8 I'd imagine.

rev23dev said,

Windows 7 was put on MSDN/Technet 15 days after RTM. Probably looking at the same timeline with 8 I'd imagine.


Yeah, I know. My TechNet subscription runs out around the middle of September, so even if it RTMs around the end of August, I should still be good.

Relieved to see the horrible folder "up" icon in the Release Preview has been replaced with a Metro-style one! I was nervous that that wouldn't happen.

Timble said,
Relieved to see the horrible folder "up" icon in the Release Preview has been replaced with a Metro-style one! I was nervous that that wouldn't happen.

I still don't see the point for such a button...

If you want to quickly go up one or more levels it can be faster to just press up Up Level button than visibility look though the Breadcrumb bar.

Timble said,
Relieved to see the horrible folder "up" icon in the Release Preview has been replaced with a Metro-style one! I was nervous that that wouldn't happen.

Indeed!

Wolverine1977 said,
Anyone know what application is the first Icon is in the taskbar ?

Looks like an updated version of Regedit....

Wolverine1977 said,
Anyone know what application is the first Icon is in the taskbar ?

Updated regedit icon... too good to be true.

oodee said,
ok, what the hell is that blue cube on the right corner, that's new I think. anyone know.

Regedit.exe

theyarecomingforyou said,
It seems bizarre when the supposed justification for removing it from windows was due to the additional power required for GPU rendering.

I agree. But notice that the taskbar no longer applies a glass-like blur to the content underneath. It's now just a simple opacity setting, and I bet that takes a lot less GPU power to make happen.

theyarecomingforyou said,
It seems bizarre when the supposed justification for removing it from windows was due to the additional power required for GPU rendering.

Completely incorrect, the GPU is still driving the Desktop.

Tony. said,
Completely incorrect, the GPU is still driving the Desktop.
I wasn't asserting that GPU rendering had been removed; just that the justification of removing transparency was to improve battery performance due to reduced GPU load.

theyarecomingforyou said,
I wasn't asserting that GPU rendering had been removed; just that the justification of removing transparency was to improve battery performance due to reduced GPU load.

And so why would that be needed or desired for the 95% of Windows users who work with Windows on the DESKTOP?!

We don't run on batteries and touch screens are impractical and uncomfortable in the desktop environment.

excalpius said,

And so why would that be needed or desired for the 95% of Windows users who work with Windows on the DESKTOP?!

We don't run on batteries and touch screens are impractical and uncomfortable in the desktop environment.


mmm laptops and netbooks ring any bells to you???

And believe it or not rendering the blur was a very heavy task for computers that didnĀ“t support GPU rendering.

Just put aside for just a moment your hate towards windows 8 and think a little bit...just saying

The need to metro-ize the rest of the icons. Which I'm sure their designers are all over it. I also hope they fix the scrollbars. They look too bulky. But I'm sure they're that way for accessibility reasons.

rojorojo said,
The need to metro-ize the rest of the icons. Which I'm sure their designers are all over it. I also hope they fix the scrollbars. They look too bulky. But I'm sure they're that way for accessibility reasons.

The scroll bars are bulky by design to help in touch inputs I think.

rojorojo said,
The need to metro-ize the rest of the icons. Which I'm sure their designers are all over it.

I wish I could agree. But sadly what you see there is likely to be what you get. Microsoft has a long history of inconsistency. When they update the visuals in one area, they always fail to go through and bring everything else in the OS up to the same look and feel. If a particular feature or dialog box's functions don't change in the new OS, Microsoft will leave it with the old look. Check out the mishmash of Vista-style and Win95-style applets within the Control Panel (which is itself now an outdated style following the latest changes). Sigh.

rojorojo said,
The need to metro-ize the rest of the icons. Which I'm sure their designers are all over it. I also hope they fix the scrollbars. They look too bulky. But I'm sure they're that way for accessibility reasons.

Isn't that the Standard scroll bar size though ? They've only Metrofied it .

rojorojo said,
The need to metro-ize the rest of the icons. Which I'm sure their designers are all over it.
No, it's the RTM interface, assuming this information is at all correct.

gawicks said,

Isn't that the Standard scroll bar size though ? They've only Metrofied it .

Seems like it. Though the scrollbar in IE10 was chunky (and really ugly at that).

Ideas Man said,
Eh, they've removed the border from the window control buttons, now they look out of place.

That's how Zune software is. It's nice looking... I hope it all looks like that.

fenderMarky said,
Where's the problem?

Eh it's not great (in my opinion) but not horrible either. (Well, ok, that pink one is fugly.) It'll do until some of the custom themes start showing up.

DJGM said,
Let the bitching about Metro begin ... yet again!
I still don't understand why they flattened the buttons if it's suppose to be oriented more towards touchscreens.

DJGM said,
Let the bitching about Metro begin ... yet again!

Why can't Microsoft design a Metro Icon set to go along with the Metro desktop. Those Aero icons + Metro borders in the second screenshot is a Mess .

gawicks said,

Why can't Microsoft design a Metro Icon set to go along with the Metro desktop. Those Aero icons + Metro borders in the second screenshot is a Mess .


I'm sure they already have those icons but keep them secret until they reveal the final look of the desktop - don't forget in the Release Preview they still use Aero Glass...

YanksOnTop said,
give me a start button

Windows 8 has actually two start buttons! One in the lower left corner and one in the charms bar.

.Neo said,
When looking at the above screen shots can you blame people for complaining? I sure can't.

What, complain about the pink? You can choose other colors. The blue one didn't look bad.

Enron said,

What, complain about the pink? You can choose other colors. The blue one didn't look bad.

I really wish Neowin would stop posting screenshots with the theme set to pink.

gawicks said,

Why can't Microsoft design a Metro Icon set to go along with the Metro desktop. Those Aero icons + Metro borders in the second screenshot is a Mess .

Amen

YanksOnTop said,

Dump Metro and give me a start button instead of me havin to hack one in there and most of the nasty comments will disappear. I know Im gonna wait a little before I switch over since I didnt see any great upgrade over Win7.

I will say that somehow file transfers in windows 8 are much, much faster than transfers in any other version of windows. And not just a little fast. It was blazing.

OR learn how to use an OS newer then xp and not need the startbutton.

I love Metro, but I've gotten very used to the Start button over the many years. I found it very efficient and easy to use. Moving to Metro on the desktop, the most difficult hurdle for me was the lack of the traditional Start button. It's not a game killer, though. I can live with out it, it's just the one major thing that I had to get passed. Just habit, really.

Colin McGregor said,

OR learn how to use an OS newer then xp and not need the startbutton.

DJGM said,
Let the bitching about Metro begin ... yet again!

I'm waiting for somebody to do a spoof advert... I am a PC and Windows 8 wasn't my idea to surface on YouTube....