Windows 8 news coverage here


Recommended Posts

Zain Adeel

i just wana share. I was watching that build video. About metros 8 rules or something

and we get a peek into the taskbar of traditional UI in metro style. fully grey.

If.. they replace the aero with a grey border of 5px all round an app. And make it all flat. It will go with metro really well well still retaining the framed dragable properties we love about windows.

Also. If app makers (legacy) make square icons to go on that grey tasbar. Thats big WIN for me :p

That is Build 8102 btw. But the UI seems had some work done over the newer builds we see.

post-285248-0-55721900-1323402194_thumb.

Link to post
Share on other sites
FaiKee

win8china : new Task Manager functions in the latest win8 builds

Bing Translate

Exclusive: Win8 strong and clever new task manager

Run multi-tasking and handling of the personal computer, such as current smartphones, iPad tablet computer can not match, after all, much more entertaining than improving the efficiency of those devices. From Windows XP to
and then to
, Task Manager will become increasingly important, because he is the operating performance of the overall system health, report of the Centre and the Central Administration.

September
developer preview version of give you a glimpse into the new Win8 Task Manager to view, but 3 months have passed, into 2011 Windows8 after last month's changes looked back and has really many, new Win8 Task Manager becomes more humane, listening to
road-map and text with you all-

First of all, we see that process in the right-click menu on and joined the
Search online
feature! What does it mean? Is that after you click this, inside the current process in the search engine to search for, so that you understand the unknown processes. Whether or not viruses, rootkits, inclusion of the who's who on Earth is, investigate it know.

From this point of the above, the new manager has indeed become humanized many you see first screenshot of the site, click the right mouse button on the process, the menu there is a Search online (online search), course immediately above the Open file location, where the folder is to open the process executable, this is a process that exists in the Task Manager of previous builds -----

20111209_123556_890_u.gif

After clicking Search online, Microsoft will open the system's default
search on this process, Win8 sure is to call the IE browser and Microsoft's Bing search engine to search ?

20111209_124543_593_u.gif

See search results in a graph on the right?

Microsoft is also humanity, while keeping the process executable file name and program name at the same time as keywords for search (TM.exe Task Manager), which is more clear.

However last spoke about this topic, Tencent QQ TM software is also used in TM.exe, this may under Windows8 will encounter some problems.

Of course, in addition to this improvement, there are many details are changed, such as the User below the label for the current number of processes that the user has also been summary, open the resource monitor button names have also changed--

20111209_125218_328_u.gif

Link to post
Share on other sites
FaiKee

further to above post, seems win8china is wrong about the "search on line"; this is available in WDP already. LOL. :D

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
FaiKee

WZOR talked about the beta schedule:

http://soft-forum.ws/threads/microsoft-windows-8-public-beta-release-%D0%9F%D0%A0%D0%90%D0%9A%D0%A2%D0%98%D0%A7%D0%95%D0%A1%D0%9A%D0%98-%D0%93%D0%9E%D0%A2%D0%9E%D0%92.31527/

Google translate:

In recent days, the network is circulating rumors about the timing of the mass release public beta versions of Microsoft Windows 8 beta.

So this weekend we (Sacred Cow and Uncle-TSYA) decided to "check in guests" to Steve Sinovski (Steven Sinofsky) for a cup - another coffee and ask him about the most intimate, ie, about the progress of the Microsoft Windows 8 and that when we finally be able to install and test the beta version of Windows 8 beta.

And so what we found out:

The first, indeed, the case for promotion to the availability of Windows 8 beta are highly successful, and probably serious delays to achieve the quality of assemblies corresponding to the public beta release will not be!

The second most likely already are in operation escrow build Escrow Windows 8 beta, the process of "signing" (sign-off) Windows 8 beta will begin on December 12, 2011.

8165.0.winmain.111202-1945

8166.0.winmain.111205-1323

8167.0.winmain.111206-1800

8168.0.winmain.111207-1818

8169.0.winmain.111208-1905 - the last date the assembly ...

Now, that with regards to timing of the availability of Windows 8 beta:

- The very future beta build will be collected up to Christmas ie until 24 December 2011, but then which of the collected escrow (Escrow) assemblies will become the official Microsoft Windows 8 Beta will be known only by 13 January 2012.

If you do not have any difficulties, and will not be revealed critical errors, then perhaps that this date is over and the process of "signing" (sign-off) build in Windows 8 beta.

From 10 to January 13, 2012 will be held Consumer Electronics Show CES 2012, this exhibition will fly for the first time (on an interesting devayse) information from a representative of Microsoft on the final Windows 8 Beta.

- On January 30, 2012 in the Microsoft internal conference is scheduled, ie, the global corporate seating which will debut as Microsoft employees and partners of the company official beta version of Microsoft Windows 8 beta.

Likely result of these gatherings and will be "accidental leaks" Microsoft Windows 8 Beta in the world, at least we will try this ...

other dates:

- Windows 8 RC-version - April 2012 will be represented at the event MIX 2012;

- Internal RTM release of Windows 8 may appear in late June - July, ie in the summer of 2012, at the same time, it will be OEM and corporate partners.

Since the introduction of internal RTM release is usually 3 months before the first device and the beginning of RETAIL sales of the product. ie this October - November 2012.

As they say tarot cards started selling Microsoft Windows 8 starts January 14, 2013

PS: Unfortunately, Steve Buller (Steven Ballmer) we could not talk, he was very busy ragrebaniem "treasures" in SKYPE and NOKIA. Weather in Helsinki and Tallinn are nasty, rain, sleet, therefore, had to stop Steve Mount Korvatunturi (Korvatunturi) in Lapland at the Yule goat Joulupukki (Joulupukki), Steve promised to return home in Redmond (Redmond) just by January 30 ...

Link to post
Share on other sites
FaiKee

This is a post in PCBeta by a member who is known to be a MSChina employee, he posts rarely but good infos, this time is about some new features to be seen in the win8 beta:

http://bbs.pcbeta.co...951082-1-1.html

screen815.jpg

I modified the google translate so it would be more understandable:

1.17 years of the start button officially retired, replaced by moving the mouse to the "start area"; there will be a preview of the start screen. (**LOL, now people can really say good-bye to the win7 start menu, and also all the WDP registry treaks.)

2. Charms from the right side of the screen rather than the left start. (**move mouse to either top-right or bottom-right.)

3 applications can be dragged from the top of the screen to the side of the screen and dock.

4 Close the application's functionality: Pulled the program from the top down to the bottom of the screen to shut-down. (**canouna had shown this new function)

5 multiple-choice starting screen support.

6 Start screen thumbnail view.

7. Push scrolling: move mouse to the edge of the screen then you can start scrolling start screen, without the need to use the bottom scroll bar.

8. "All Apps View": inside the Suites, Office, Adobe, etc. will be automatically assigned to a group.

9 start screen to be more easily re-arrange Tiles. Tiles can be pulled to the bottom or top of the screen, start menu will automatically become a thumbnail view to facilitate the release of Tile. When the mobile Tiles will be displayed more clear instructions to tell the user the effect of reorganization.

10 updated the application-switch animation, Charms start button animation.

11 an application dragged from the left of the screen can always move back to shutdown or switch into the next program, or use mouse scroll wheel to switch.

12 Wide Tiles can be reduced to a narrow range in order to increase the screen space.

13 high-resolution displays can control the number of apps to appear in the start-screen .

14 new Apps are fun. Everyone's doing very fine App, which zoom into contact support thumbnail view, also supports Docked mode following the chat side of the screen, very useful.(**I don't actually understand how it works, maybe canouna will be telling us better)

Edit: canouna in MDL has commented: "All is old news"....to him, of course, because he is running 816x; but then we know that what the PCBeta post said are real. :)

Link to post
Share on other sites
Canouna

Yup it's real and old, any OEM can know that too ;)

Link to post
Share on other sites
Seahorsepip

It seems the horrible green has been dropped and they're using dark blue now? or is that just a temporary color? or is it even adjustable now :D?

edit: I guess it's changeable since multiple colors has been shown now, green from win8 dev preview, dark blue from china leaks, and black from microsoft videos....So what is it now? Black? Blue? or Adjustable?

Link to post
Share on other sites
FaiKee

Yup it's real and old, any OEM can know that too ;)

Tks for confirming, hope we don't have to wait for Ballmer to show them in CES.

btw, nice avatar. :D

Link to post
Share on other sites
TheDarkLord

Funny because some software aren't allowed on thoses country too, like Java.

Ho well, i wish that Java isn't allowed anywhere, worldwide, it's a such a crap compared to C# :/

I'd rather say that C# is no better than Java. I am a Java expert and the way microsoft has copied Java to make C# is just preposterous!

Whatever! I just dont like integration of metro UI in Windows PC operating system. Its just not done. Sounds impractical to me. I dont know why but this new OS should only be for tablets.

And I hope they fix bugs this time. I'd assume that the new Windows 8 would not have blue screen of death issues. :D

Link to post
Share on other sites
George P

I'd rather say that C# is no better than Java. I am a Java expert and the way microsoft has copied Java to make C# is just preposterous!

Whatever! I just dont like integration of metro UI in Windows PC operating system. Its just not done. Sounds impractical to me. I dont know why but this new OS should only be for tablets.

And I hope they fix bugs this time. I'd assume that the new Windows 8 would not have blue screen of death issues. :D

I'm no expert but if you mean copied java as in, copied the syntex, then yes, that was the goal/idea from the start.

No BSODs are nice but all it takes, on any system is a hardware failure or a bad driver and that's just something MS can't really control on their side.

Link to post
Share on other sites
FaiKee

win8china posted some screen-shots of the Windows Store, it's the Simplified Chinese win8, the translations are in red.

http://www.win8china.com/html/334.html

On clicking the "Store" tile, the "store screen" will appear:

screen819.jpg

And here are the different groups:

screen818.jpg

The words:"?? ****" means the Apps is free, because for Beta, all Apps would be free:

screen820.jpg

screen821.jpg

screen822.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites
FaiKee

Seems win8china has also got a copy of the beta-build, and has put up some installation screen-shots - I guess there will be more to come when they start running and testing.

http://www.win8china.com/html/341.html

- The background color seems to have been changed to a new tone

screen829.jpg

Notice the keyboard button

screen830.jpg

On clicking, the virtual screen keyboard comes up

screen831.jpg

instead of asking if you wish to make a "New Installation"; now is more straight-forward and asks if you want to "Keep Nothing"

screen832.jpg

win8china now installing the build, stay tuned.

screen833.jpg

More to come :

http://www.win8china.com/html/343.html

Personalization

screen834.jpg

Settings - and the word we like to see "Windows 8 Beta"

screen835.jpg

Notice the key button, on clicking it shows what password you have just put in.

screen836.jpg

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
Anthonyd

Funny to see people using this beta of the next OS but they still don't get how to use the snipping tool included many years to take screenshot, instead they are still using paint.

Maybe they should learn how to use the current OS before trying the next one :/ .

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
Steven P.

snipped

Thanks, we're covering.

Link to post
Share on other sites
FaiKee

Thanks, we're covering.

wait....canouna said watermark is fake, pending his reply
Link to post
Share on other sites
Steven P.

pcbeta watermark?

Link to post
Share on other sites
Steven P.

no, build tag

They haven't been wrong in the past? I'll make sure to add that this is not yet confirmed by other sources then?

Link to post
Share on other sites
FaiKee

This is the reply from the PCBeta member, he promised the pics are totally legit.So take your decision.... :)

screen843.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites
FaiKee

Earlier, Engadget had posted a report about MS in CES, and was mentioned in Neowin News. Now, eweek posted their report:

http://www.eweek.com...in-2012-154595/

Consumer Electronics Show: 10 Things You'll See in 2012

screen846.jpg

MS had shown off the SamSung7 in Sept., there shouldn't be any doubt they would show a win8 tablet in CES, what's interesting would be which win8? WDP (nothing significant) or beta(beta-escrow) .....go out with a bang? :o

Link to post
Share on other sites
FaiKee

Merry Christmas !! win8china has posted some new screen-shots of the win8 beta, here we go:

http://www.win8china.com/html/348.html

Lock-screen with web-connection status

image_128.jpg

Log-in screen

image_129.jpg

On clicking the ease-of-access, a male voice for screen-reading instead of female voice

image_130.jpg

on-screen-keyboard

image_131.jpg

http://www.win8china.com/html/349.html

On double-clicking of a file format not recognized by win8 beta(seems the pdf reader is not available yet in the beta), notice the new option "Look for an App in the Store" in the metro dialogue box.

image_132.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites
-KJ

That looks quite rough. Here's hoping that the final desktop interface gets a more unified look.

Link to post
Share on other sites
George P

The UI difference between the old aero desktop and the new metro start screen/menus probably won't match fully till Windows 9 I bet, that's probably when we'll see the big changes to the desktop itself more.

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Similar Content

    • By indospot
      Patch Tuesday: Here's what's new for Windows 8.1 and 7 this month
      by João Carrasqueira



      We're 13 days into October, but it's not truly a new month until Microsoft releases its Patch Tuesday updates for Windows, and as we're on the second Tuesday of the month, that happens today. Along with all supported versions of Windows 10, there are also new cumulative updates rolling out to Windows 8.1 and some Windows 7 users.

      There are two kinds of updates for each operating system - the monthly rollup update and the security-only update. For Windows 8.1, the monthly rollup update is KB4580347 and you can download it manually here. It includes the following changes:

      It also has a couple of known issues:

      Symptom Workaround Certain operations, such as rename, that you perform on files or folders that are on a Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) may fail with the error, “STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL (0xC00000A5)”. This occurs when you perform the operation on a CSV owner node from a process that doesn’t have administrator privilege. Do one of the following:

      Perform the operation from a process that has administrator privilege. Perform the operation from a node that doesn’t have CSV ownership. Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release.

      When installing a third-party driver, you might receive the error, “Windows can’t verify the publisher of this driver software”. You may also see the error “No signature was present in the subject” when attempting to view the signature properties using Windows Explorer. This issue occurs when an improperly formatted catalog file is identified during validation by Windows. Starting with this release, Windows will require the validity of DER encoded PKCS#7 content in catalog files. Catalogs files must be signed per section 11.6 of describing DER-encoding for SET OF members in X.690.

      If this happens, you should contact the driver vendor or device manufacturer (OEM) and ask them for an updated driver to correct the issue.

      As for the security-only update, it's KB4580358 and you can download it manually here. It only includes the first and last of the bullet points from the monthly rollup. It also has the same known issues as the monthly rollup.

      Of course, for Windows 7, only certain businesses can legitimately obtain the updates, since you need to be paying for extended security updates (ESU) after Microsoft dropped extended support for the operating system at the start of the year. The monthly rollup here is KB4580345, and you can download it manually here. It includes the following changes:

      The update has one known issue:

      Symptom Workaround Certain operations, such as rename, that you perform on files or folders that are on a Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) may fail with the error, “STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL (0xC00000A5)”. This occurs when you perform the operation on a CSV owner node from a process that doesn’t have administrator privilege. Do one of the following:

      Perform the operation from a process that has administrator privilege. Perform the operation from a node that doesn’t have CSV ownership. Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release.

      The security-only update here is KB4580387 and you can get it manually here. It includes the same changes as the monthly rollup, except the third and fourth bullet points. It also has the same known issue.

      As usual, the monthly rollup updates should install automatically sooner or later, but if you want the security-only updates, you'll need to install them manually from the links above.

    • By Usama Jawad96
      Microsoft apparently just fixed a Windows security flaw first reported to it in 2018
      by Usama Jawad

      Microsoft fixed quite a number of bugs in this month's Patch Tuesday update, which came out last week. While it packed numerous fixes for various versions of Windows, it did draw some criticism for the handling of a security vulnerability that was reported to it by Google.

      However, it appears that the Redmond giant's security woes are not yet over as a new report claims that the firm just fixed a Windows zero-day exploit that was reported to it back in 2018.



      Last week, Microsoft fixed a security hole in various versions of Windows that mainly deals with the operating system's incorrect handling of file signatures. In CVE-2020-1464, the company noted that:

      In a blog post on Medium, security researcher Tal Be'ery has explained that Bernardo Quintero, a manager at VirusTotal - a service owned by Google - first discovered the vulnerability being exploited back in August 2018. This exploit, internally called "GlueBall", was immediately reported to Microsoft and the findings were published in January 2019 by Quintero. Microsoft acknowledged the issue and added mitigation actions in supporting tools, but stated that it would not fix the issue in the operating system itself. The reasoning behind this decision is not public.

      After this, several blog posts were published by other people, explaining how to use GlueBall to exploit Windows. Then in June 2020, GlueBall was once again highlighted by prominent social media accounts.

      It would seem that roughly around this time, Microsoft began to take this issue seriously and a proper fix to the gaping security hole was finally released in this month's Patch Tuesday. According to Microsoft's security advisory, this flaw was present in Windows 7, 8, 8.1, RT 8.1, Server 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019, and Windows 10, going all the way up to version 2004, and that it was exploited across numerous versions of the operating system.

      In a vague statement to KrebsonSecurity, Microsoft stated that:

      The handling of this incident from Microsoft's end is extremely strange, to say the least. One has to wonder why Microsoft delayed fixing a Windows security flaw for nearly two years, especially when it was present in virtually all major versions of the operating system.

      Source: Tal Be'ery (Medium) via KrebsonSecurity

    • By Rich Woods
      Microsoft announces Edge is rolling out in the next few weeks, and a bunch of new features
      by Rich Woods



      Microsoft's Build 2020 developer conference starts today, and as always, there's a bunch of news around its brand-new Chromium-based Edge browser. There are a bunch of new features on the way, but perhaps more significant is that the company finally confirmed that it's going to begin rolling out Edge within the next few weeks.

      You might recall that the team actually announced general availability back in January, promising a slow rollout. Slow isn't actually the right word though, because it never actually rolled out. Users have had the opportunity to download a stable version of the browser, and then in February, it started rolling out to beta testers on the Windows Insider Program's Release Preview ring. In other words, other than beta testers, exactly zero people have received this as an update.

      While the blog post doesn't explicitly say this, it seems likely that it's going to arrive as part of the Windows 10 May 2020 Update, which is already available for developers and coming later this month. While the browser is going to be pushed to your machine via Windows Update, updates to the browser will not.

      As mentioned, there are a bunch of new features as well. Collections is getting Pinterest integration, as Microsoft has partnered up with the company. If you're unfamiliar with Collections, it allows you to take images, texts, and links from around the web and store them in groups. Now, you'll see recommendations from Pinterest at the bottom of a Collection. You can also export a Collection to Pinterest. This feature is coming to Edge Insiders within the next month.

      There's also a new sidebar search option coming, so you'll no longer have to open a new tab and lose your focus to search for something on the web. The search results will appear in the sidebar as well. This feature is arriving for Edge Insiders in the coming weeks.

      Edge improvements naturally go hand in hand with Bing improvements. There's a new Work page that's included in Bing search results. It's just another tab along with images, shopping, news, and so on, and it will appear if you're signed in with a work account. The idea is to give Microsoft Search's capabilities to look within your organization its own area, so it will include files, people, internal sites, and so on. Power BI integration is coming by the end of June.

      Finally, Microsoft is releasing a preview of WebView2, which is part of its Project Reunion efforts to unify Win32 and UWP. WebView2 is based on Chromium, so developers can include that in their apps instead of the original EdgeHTML WebView.

    • By Rich Woods
      Microsoft's new Chromium-based Edge browser is now generally available
      by Rich Woods



      It was back in early December 2018 when Microsoft first announced its radical plans to replace its in-house Edge browser with one that's based on Google's open-source Chromium. Today, the new browser is generally available. If you're on Windows 10, you can expect to see it show up on your PC over the next few months if you don't already have it.

      Public testing for the browser didn't arrive until April, and it was only for Windows 10, and only for Canary and Dev channels. Support for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, macOS, Windows Server 2008/2012, and Windows Server 2016+ all came later, as did the Beta channel.

      Obviously, the biggest improvement in the new Edge is that it's based on Chromium, which means that it will render the web in the same way as the most popular browser in the world, Google Chrome. Of course, Microsoft has stripped out all of the Google and added its own bits. It's also contributed quite a bit to the Chromium Project.

      Since it's based on Chromium, you'll actually now be able to use Chrome extensions. Developers can submit their extensions to Microsoft, or you can choose to install them from Google's Chrome Store.

      There are some other new features to call out though. Edge Chromium now has a feature called IE Mode, which will open an Internet Explorer page right within a tab in Edge. It's meant for businesses that have legacy needs, so they'll no longer have to use IE. Of course, IE will continue to ship with Windows 10 for the foreseeable future.

      Another key new feature is called Collections. This allows you to gather up links, images, text, and anything else from around the web and put them into different groups. There are also new privacy features, and a whole lot more.

      Unfortunately, there are a few things that Edge will be missing out of the gate. It won't have native support for ARM64, so if you've got a Windows on ARM PC, you'll have to stick with Edge Canary or Edge Dev for now. Two other things missing will be history syncing and extension syncing. Also, it's not exactly a priority, but the new Edge browser for Xbox One and HoloLens will also be coming later on.

      Again, if you're on Windows 10, you're going to see this show up soon through a Windows update, and it will replace the Edge Legacy browser. If you're on any other supported platform, you'll have to go out and get it. The browser is coming today for Windows 7, which is no longer supported, and while it's unclear how long Edge will remain supported on the legacy OS, Google has committed to another 18 months of full Chrome support.

      If you want to get the new Edge now, you can download the stable version here. As always, you can download a preview version here.

    • By Rich Woods
      Edge Dev build 80.0.328.4 adds a bunch of fixes, but no ARM64 support just yet
      by Rich Woods



      It's a bit late in the week, but Microsoft released a new Edge Dev build today. The build number is 80.0.328.4, and it's a pretty minor update that contains mostly fixes. Yesterday, the Canary channel, which is updated daily, got support for ARM64 PCs, so if you were hoping that this week's Dev build would get the same treatment, you're out of luck. Surface Pro X users will have to wait until next week.

      Here are the changes for better reliability:

      Here are the behavioral changes:

      Finally, there are some known issues to be aware of:

      As you can see, it's quite the changelog, but it's really nothing impactful. Last week at Microsoft's Ignite conference, the company announced that Edge will be generally available beginning on January 15, and that it comes with a new logo.