Windows 8 screenshots of build 8220 leak, new info surfaces

Microsoft is getting close to the beta launch of Windows 8 and a few new screenshots of one of the latest builds has leaked. The screenshots have been independently confirmed by Canouna and show the name “Consumer Preview” which indicates previous rumors that the beta tag would be dropped; images are from PC Beta.com

Another big change is that you will notice the start orb is now gone. This is another big change that will be in the Consumer Preview and shows, again, how Windows 8 will break from the mold of previous versions of windows.  

We have confirmed that is the case with Windows 8 that the start orb will be disappearing but it is not entirely gone. We will have more information on this shortly. For now, enjoy the latest leaks of the 8220 build and we suspect more images will be appearing shortly.

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Ninja Grinch said,

XP had rounded corners if I remember correctly. Unless you used the Classic theme.

Actually, XP had both in Luna - Rounded for the title bar and square on the bottom of the window

Ninja Grinch said,

XP had rounded corners if I remember correctly. Unless you used the Classic theme.


vista and 7 still have classic, somehow i doubt they wont add it to 8 either.

Fine kill the start button coz it makes no sense to have it after killing start menu , seems legit.

BUT what i am thinking is that though IE10(both metro app and win32 app) has these metro scroll bars , but Windows Aero won't get those scroll bars? Its really inconsistent this way

Dot Matrix said,
Says so much, yet so little. Also, that red is really God awful irritating. >.<

Hot Dog Stand color scheme from Windows 3.1

Enron said,

Hot Dog Stand color scheme from Windows 3.1

Oh I wish I was an Oscar Myer Windows Red and Yellow is what I'd bee eee eee...... *humms off*

Enron said,
Hot Dog Stand color scheme from Windows 3.1

Or any version of Windows where someone changed the wallpaper to bright red...

Can I point out one thing that MS irked me on...... remember back in vista when they started taking title bar titles away because it was "redundant with the breadcrum bar"? um We're bringing them back now? System in Vista and 7 has no title, in 8 there is a title again!

neufuse said,
Can I point out one thing that MS irked me on...... remember back in vista when they started taking title bar titles away because it was "redundant with the breadcrum bar"? um We're bringing them back now? System in Vista and 7 has no title, in 8 there is a title again!

You're talking about users who wanted the freakin "up" button back.... -_-

Dot Matrix said,

You're talking about users who wanted the freakin "up" button back.... -_-

well a blank title bar was stupid, it was just wasted space, but you'd of thought they could of figured something out like a breadcrum title bar or something not just blank!

Dot Matrix said,

You're talking about users who wanted the freakin "up" button back.... -_-


yes please! as that has a constitant place in the window, the bar moves around depending on folder names or how deep your in a folder -.-

Dear Lord, Windows Design Teams needs to be fired, jokers. This will be Epic Fail, they expect from most people to hit Window Key (keyboard). A lot of people don't even realize it's there.

derekaw said,
Less than the 4GB of installed RAM usable?

When i built my machine with parts from my local pc store + tigerdirect,
i bought 1 2gb stick of ddr2 ram and never one time in a few years come close to using it all and i do massive intensive multitasking, such as converting hd videos while browsing and running media center + other things.

I always laugh at people that brag they have 16 gigs of ram because of their illusion that it really makes much difference.. it don't.
And i know plenty about ram I've been over clocking the timings on my ram because my benchmarks showed me better results than over clocking the speed. done with a half volt bump on the ddr voltage. 10+ years of overclocking makes CHECK things rather than eating FUD

Anyone wants to call me on this then show me a list of processes that would be in use on an average usage scenario and a screenshot of the ram being FULLY Utilized..

The WinNews site said it so well a couple of days ago. Tablets are not PCs, as in laptops and desktops. Let Windows-8 serve tablets and Windows-9 (?) serve PCs. Two different form factors for two different purposes.

^^ This. It really concerns me that the Beta is going to have the same odd mix of Metro Apps (that you can't seem to close except with Task Manager) and the regular Desktop with Explorer. The Metro version of IE is just not useful at all on a PC without a touch screen. Where are your bookmarks? Nowhere, you just have a full screen of a website. No tabs. To me the whole thing seems kind of ridiculous. They (Microsoft) really should have some option during initial setup to let the user pick which UI to install and use. Having the Metro UI on a Desktop is so counter-productive. How many people will automatically click the Start button (oh, wait, now it's not there- that's gonna freak some people out, I guarantee it) and be shoved back to the Start screen, where you can Start a lot of programs, but if you are just using Desktop Apps, why would you need to return to the stupid full screen thing? Different form factors need different UIs. You can't just mash the two together and hope that somehow people will just 'get it'.

Have you used Win8 DP? The tabs and bookmarks are easily accessible with a mouse/keyboard and Metro apps can be closed without using Task Manager. The only time you need to go to the Metro Start Screen is when you want to launch a program. It's nothing more than a fullscreen start menu. Frequently used programs can be pinned to the taskbar. I don't use the classic start menu much simply because there's no need. I've all my apps pinned and easily accessible from the desktop.

KevinN206 said,
Have you used Win8 DP? The tabs and bookmarks are easily accessible with a mouse/keyboard and Metro apps can be closed without using Task Manager. The only time you need to go to the Metro Start Screen is when you want to launch a program. It's nothing more than a fullscreen start menu. Frequently used programs can be pinned to the taskbar. I don't use the classic start menu much simply because there's no need. I've all my apps pinned and easily accessible from the desktop.

OK about tabs in IE. But how do you close Metro Apps? Tell me. How do you close the Piano app or the games? You can't right-click anywhere, there is no x button that appears if you hover near the top of the screen. Tell me how to do it. Of course I've used the DP.

devHead said,

OK about tabs in IE. But how do you close Metro Apps? Tell me. How do you close the Piano app or the games? You can't right-click anywhere, there is no x button that appears if you hover near the top of the screen. Tell me how to do it. Of course I've used the DP.

You can't close a Metro application in the Developer Preview directly, you can only kill it via Task Manager. But in the Consumer Preview, it will be possible to close a Metro application by taking and dragging it downwards (touch gesture). I'm not sure how it will work for keyboard/mouse input, yet if the application will really be closed, and not only suspended and removed from the running application stack (a behavior I suggested in the MSDN forums shortly after the Developer Preview was made available).

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