Windows 8 taskbar update leaks out in another image

It's not every day that a new Windows 8 image surfaces. While the image presented above does not reveal anything new, it is a second look at the upcoming improvements that Windows 8 will provide.  

Ever since Windows 8 hit milestone 3, more users on various forums have been reporting that they have finally been issued a version of the platform for testing purposes. This is good news as it means with more testers, more potential leaks are possible. 

These latest images come courtesy of MDL and the two pictures represent what the taskbar will look like in Windows 8. The updated taskbar will include the Windows Live ID login and the image in the bottom right will show which user is currently logged in. While not much else is added by these additional screenshots, they come from a new user who appears to be a bit more liberal in releasing images.

With a bit of luck, more screenshots could be hitting the web soon. Microsoft is working hard to keep the work on Windows 8 a secret, as denoted by the background images in the screenshots, but these images still managed to find their way on to the web.

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Would the background not be some kind of unique watermark, to track who actually leaked it? Like they have in movie pre-screeners...

The frame that's being seen in the last shot is probably a direction in to those separated UI's which they're aiming for. So it's only a new Aero Basic-ish theme.

I honestly have no idea why anything new from Microsoft UI wise is all of a sudden called "Metro UI". The last shot clearly doesn't look anything like the Metro UI if you ask me

Kind of like metro is not what we were expecting take a look at windows phone 7 and the zune and incorporate it just a little.

Xypro said,
Kind of like metro is not what we were expecting take a look at windows phone 7 and the zune and incorporate it just a little.

I really do hope for the nice clean Zune/WP7 font to be the Win8 system Font.

I wonder what its name will be, because Windows 7 isnt the 7th version of Windows. It's the 7th since Windows 95....

Technically it should have been called Windows 10, if you don't count the server versions.

No one noticed the new UI in the shell?

Check out the replaced title bar and OK button in the About dialog there.

Clearly incomplete graphics to me, but it looks like Win8 will have a more minimalist UI than before.

Kind of like Metro.

If they are going to go with a new UI, that's what I want to see, I love my eye candy, and I'm curious about these things.

I pitched a tent when I first saw Vista.

Does anyone have any speculation on the grid in the wallpaper? You can find a diagonal SQL in there. Maybe just coincidence on that one, but seems like there might be hints there.

User picture looks ugly and miss placed, windows7 was going in the right direction with less clutter..looks like 8 going to mess that all up.

DesGaiZu said,
User picture looks ugly and miss placed, windows7 was going in the right direction with less clutter..looks like 8 going to mess that all up.

You do know this isn't final?

I hope they improve windows live messenger, I update a lot of people's laptops and I say don't update to 2011 stay on 2010 or 2009 version which are a lot lighter, less buggier and look a lot better. The current version hogs more ram, it crashes a lot and has loads of useless annoying features that get in your way.

Gaffney said,
I hope they improve windows live messenger, I update a lot of people's laptops and I say don't update to 2011 stay on 2010 or 2009 version which are a lot lighter, less buggier and look a lot better. The current version hogs more ram, it crashes a lot and has loads of useless annoying features that get in your way.

and those older versions have more bugs less support exploits and less features, becausemy dad wont install 2011 i cant use the damn request help feature through wlm2011 which would help him greatly

DKAngel said,

and those older versions have more bugs less support exploits and less features, becausemy dad wont install 2011 i cant use the damn request help feature through wlm2011 which would help him greatly

I forced my Dad to upgrade to the latest version, he called me up with a computer fault, and I said I couldn't help him until he installed it :-D

He soon caved.

They should copy gnome and allow multiple menus instead of one start button. Start menu is a mess with all the programs installing folders then putting readme files, uninstall links, url links inside. After a few months of installing programs there is no point going to start menu > all programs.

kabix said,
They should copy gnome and allow multiple menus instead of one start button. Start menu is a mess with all the programs installing folders then putting readme files, uninstall links, url links inside. After a few months of installing programs there is no point going to start menu > all programs.

That's what start menu search is for...

kabix said,
They should copy gnome and allow multiple menus instead of one start button. Start menu is a mess with all the programs installing folders then putting readme files, uninstall links, url links inside. After a few months of installing programs there is no point going to start menu > all programs.

You don't reorganize it? I've been doing that since Windows 95, my start menu only has Accessories, Applications, Games, Internet, Multimedia and System Tools. Every program I install goes into one of these, the other junk gets deleted.

hotdog963al said,
Hurray more wasted space. (Not everyone uses widescreen monitors!!)
I presume we'll be able to turn all this Live ID nonsense off?

No, but most people do (those who'd be upgrading to Windows 8 anyway). And that's who matters.

hotdog963al said,
(Not everyone uses widescreen monitors!!)

Sucks for those people. At some point you have to move on as a company and can't keep people on older hardware in mind.

Memnochxx said,

No, but most people do (those who'd be upgrading to Windows 8 anyway). And that's who matters.
Can you buy me a new monitor please?
.Neo said,
Sucks for those people. At some point you have to move on as a company and can't keep people on older hardware in mind.
Yeah ok, except this doesn't even need to be there... Whatever, I'll be getting rid of this rubbish.

.Neo said,

Sucks for those people. At some point you have to move on as a company and can't keep people on older hardware in mind.

New 17" 4:3 monitor: $88
New 18.5" 16:9 monitor: $110

If you were a company which would you buy?
For the IT department that I run I buy the 4:3 monitor because it's cheaper and allows me to budget things properly to buy other stuff that I really need. When you're bulk ordering 25 monitors thats about a $750 savings.

Critical Error said,
I was thinking the same. LOL

Yep, probably a WZOR leak that's why. Looks uglier than 95 - is that that, like, the 'classic' Windows 8 menu (I hope)?

i dont understand the "shh... lets not leak out hard work". If i were testing and i see that wallpaper when i install it, all i will think about is leaking it even if i wasnt before.

d4diesel said,
i dont understand the "shh... lets not leak out hard work". If i were testing and i see that wallpaper when i install it, all i will think about is leaking it even if i wasnt before.

Problem with authority much?

Hooray, does this mean that the language bar will be getting a facelift? (Assuming the 'ENG' in the first picture is the language bar.) Definitely something to look forward to.

The centred window caption text in winver suggests that will be part of the UI (seen earlier in the demo at CES). Glad to see Aero Basic is being updated.

djnv2010 said,
that pic looks like Vladimir Putin!! WTF?? of course he gets to use an early version of Win 8...WIN-8-ING!!!!!

LOL my thought exactly!

Am glad none of the commenter is in the editorial team.
This is a pre-alpha M3 build. The UI isn't decided or fixed yet. The features are what get direction first.
You guys need to check the Windows 7 pre-alpha screenshots. They were built on Vista's UI & code itself.

I like these kinds of news posts.

So many trolls complaining. Get over it. Its a Tech News site. Regardless of what you think this IS news. So please, less trolling. (Sorry, had to temporarily feed the trolls by posting this)

Anyway.

Intresting. Kinda surprised its a server version that has this. It wouldnt make much sense to use a consumer level feature on a business level OS.

It would appear to be the Windows 7 taskbar. With a LiveID avatar image on the far right and a small seperator line between the Start menu icon and the application icons.
Aero is turned off.
This is news how.
I could have created this myself and snapped a screenshot using a released version of Windows 7.
The Windows Server 2008 r2 window lends this even less credence.

baloor said,
It would appear to be the Windows 7 taskbar. With a LiveID avatar image on the far right and a small seperator line between the Start menu icon and the application icons.
Aero is turned off.
This is news how.
I could have created this myself and snapped a screenshot using a released version of Windows 7.

I don't understand your post. Are you calling it a fake or just not newsworthy or you just don't care. Which isn't true because you took the time to post.

baloor said,
[. . .]
I could have created this myself and snapped a screenshot using a released version of Windows 7.
[. . .]

No you couldn't because that wouldn't be the next major version of Windows; this is an actual screenshot of one of the development builds of just that.

What a ridiculous comment.

Callum said,

No you couldn't because that wouldn't be the next major version of Windows; this is an actual screenshot of one of the development builds of just that.

What a ridiculous comment.

i'd say! who's this guy think he is

Although they do strongly suggest that Live ids will have deeper integration in Windows 7, these screenshots really mean nothing when it comes to how the taskbar will look. It's very like that the team that's working on Live integration just shoved the user image on the taskbar as a placeholder until the team that is working on the UI finishes up the UI changes...