Friday, December 23rd 2011

Windows 8 build 8172 Screenshots Emerge

Sometime in 2012, Microsoft is expected to announce its next major version of Windows for the client platform. It has the working name "Windows 8", and was previewed to developers at the BUILD Conference, this September. A member of Chinese tech site PCbeta community got to play with a newer build of Windows, build 8172. Screenshots of its most common user interface elements, such as desktop, Windows Explorer, PC Settings (control panel), etc., were posted. Engadget notes that these screenshots don't reveal much else from the Windows Developer Preview shown at the BUILD Conference.

The first screenshot above reveals the Start screen featuring Metro UI design elements (which replaces the Start Menu), the second reveals PC Settings screen, which serves the purpose of the Windows Control Panel, and the next two screenshots reveal the Windows Explorer user interface with its "ribbon" element collapse and expanded.
The next screenshot (above), reveals the new file transfer dialog, which provides a little more information than just a progress bar, an animation, and a few numbers. The progress bar embeds a graph that reports transfer speeds in real time. Next up, is the new Task Manager, which gives greater control over running tasks and processes; and the final screen reveals the new sidebar, which makes the taskbar optional. In all, Microsoft plans some major UI changes, while retaining compatibility with many of the elements found in Windows 7, to ease the transition. The window titlebars themselves look identical in function to the ones Windows 7 gives you, but that there are some aesthetic changes. Basically every rounded-edge is sharpened out. The PCbeta member who leaked these screenshots confirmed that build 8172 is still pre-beta.Sources: PCbeta, Engadget
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75 Comments on Windows 8 build 8172 Screenshots Emerge

#1
NdMk2o1o
by: trickson
Looks like crap . I will not be getting this . I love windows 7 !
And Intel, yes we know... :rolleyes:

How is it bloated, its a bloody option you turn off and it uses less resources than Windows 7 and Vista. Seriously people need to actually know what they're on about before they start slating something, it's become a trend on these forums lately. :shadedshu
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#2
trickson
OH, I have such a headache
by: Lazzer408
Our? Are you a member of the design team? If so, we need to talk. ;)
Yeah really ! What is going on over there ? stick with a good OS and be done with all the changes . If you want to change things and improve on the current OS cool why not just offer it up as a free upgrade ? I mean look at windows 7 64 bit , It is hands down the best OS since windows 98 ! and now we are going to get this windows 8 ? Man talk about FAIL !
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#3
NdMk2o1o
by: trickson
I mean look at windows 7 64 bit , It is hands down the best OS since windows 98 ! and now we are going to get this windows 8 ? Man talk about FAIL !
Win98 was Fail, the best OS before Win7 was XP and that is a proven fact by its longeivity and the fact that millions of people still use it, how many people still use Win98 or did 5 years after? 98 was buggy as hell, not as buggy as ME, XP was fantastic to say that it was still selling 9 years after it's first release, no other OS can claim that feat
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MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
by: Lazzer408
Our? Are you a member of the design team? If so, we need to talk. ;)
No lol
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MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
by: Jstn7477
What's with the solid colored taskbar and window bars and sharp edges? I like Windows 7's translucent, rounded stuff better. This reminds me of not having an Aero capable GPU and getting stuck with that fugly gray theme.
I don't know why they would get rid of that. I love it too!
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MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
Does anyone else feel like windows 8 is coming to soon?? I feel like we just got Windows 7.
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#8
NdMk2o1o
by: nvidiaintelftw
Does anyone else feel like windows 8 is coming to soon?? I feel like we just got Windows 7.
The upgrade path from Win7 to Win8 and future versions will be a lot easier so think of it as an update, Apple do a new OS every 1.5years and MS don't want another XP as much as us the consumer does. I have no problem updating OS every other year as long as there are improvements and they can make it as seamless as possible without breaking my current programs etc. Though I am not saying you could go from XP to 8/Vista to 8 etc it would need to be the previous OS.
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MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
by: NdMk2o1o
The upgrade path from Win7 to Win8 and future versions will be a lot easier so think of it as an update, Apple do a new OS every 1.5years and MS don't want another XP as much as us the consumer does. I have no problem updating OS every other year as long as there are improvements and they can make it as seamless as possible without breaking my current programs etc. Though I am not saying you could go from XP to 8/Vista to 8 etc it would need to be the previous OS.
by the time windows 8 comes out it would be 4 years since windows 7 release. Still feels like windows 8 could wait, and now they are already talking about windows 9 for the new xbox!
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#10
NdMk2o1o
by: nvidiaintelftw
by the time windows 8 comes out it would be 4 years since windows 7 release. Still feels like windows 8 could wait, and now they are already talking about windows 9 for the new xbox!
If it's like I said and you can seamlessly upgrade from one to the other without too much hassle then every few years isn't an issue. However where I see MS shooting themselves in the foot is the cost, Windows is still around $100+ for a retail edition, Apple who releases a new os every 1.5-2 years charge $40 so it's less of an expense and thus doing it more regularly isn't an issue. MS could adopt this approach but they would lose out in the business sector as that's where the bulk of their revenue comes from and business' won't upgrade every 2 years.
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#11
Grings
I don't mind it having Metro in there, i just wish it wasn't so integrated into the start menu etc, I'd rather have it as a launchable app like windows media center.
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#12
pantherx12
by: Grings
I don't mind it having Metro in there, i just wish it wasn't so integrated into the start menu etc, I'd rather have it as a launchable app like windows media center.
Does this beta have the "report to microsoft" button like win seven did?

If it did you should send them that suggestion and get everyone you know to as well.
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#13
Imhoteps
Um afraid even to think, how W9 will look like...
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#14
EastCoasthandle
I wonder if they will be giving discounts going from win7 to win8...nah :laugh:
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#15
KieranD
by: NdMk2o1o
Win98 was Fail, the best OS before Win7 was XP and that is a proven fact by its longeivity and the fact that millions of people still use it, how many people still use Win98 or did 5 years after? 98 was buggy as hell, not as buggy as ME, XP was fantastic to say that it was still selling 9 years after it's first release, no other OS can claim that feat
LOLWUT? Windows 98SE was decent for its time.
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#16
Bundy
I think a lot of the percetion problems Win 8 is having is because all the screen shots that are being leaked (at least all those I have seen to date) are in 4:3 format. It makes it look all old school.

I like the task manager, whether it will be worth the money for me to upgrade is another thing.
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#17
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: EastCoasthandle
I wonder if they will be giving discounts going from win7 to win8...nah :laugh:
Of course they will, just like they did going from XP to Vista and Vista to Win7.

Right now, you get an $80 discount if you already have XP or Vista and buy Win7.

by: Grings
I don't mind it having Metro in there, i just wish it wasn't so integrated into the start menu etc, I'd rather have it as a launchable app like windows media center.
That is all up in the air right now, AFAIK. In the beta version released to the public it was a simple registry switch to turn it off and on. The hope is that eventually it will be a control panel option, it just wasn't included in the unfinished beta. However, considering the Beta was really meant to show off MetroUI primarily, it makes sense that Microsoft didn't include a way to turn it off in the control panel.
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#18
Super XP
by: trickson
Looks like crap . I will not be getting this . I love windows 7 !
If you can make it look and act like Windows 7 then why not. Then you would benefit from Windows 8 enhancements while making it look like 7.
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#19
u2konline
Why can't they just continue to focus on win7?
Win8 look just like win 7 lol
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#21
Lazzer408
"I'm the average idiot and Windows 7 was my idea" Remember those commercials?

The vast majority of Windows users are complete morons when it comes to computers. Now before you come at me with pitchforks and torches, I have to say that most if not all of us here at TPU are power users. We love tweaking things to suit our personal preferences. Power up? When Microsoft takes that away from us, we hate them for it. Who's their target market? Personally for me Windows just works. What I hate about it is not being able to change things. Like that little speaker over there... >.> Why can't I make it yellow? And how about the Action Center flag? Shouldn't it be green when everything is ok and red if there's a problem? Why white? How many web forms have you erased with the backspace key? I could go on and on. Point is, there's so many nagging little things in Windows that drive me up the wall. These little things add up to me hating to use Windows. As new versions come out, it gets worse. They take more and more away from us. I expect Windows 8 to be even more of a mess.

Eventually Windows will have only one icon... "shutdown your computer". That keeps you from wasting 12 hours trying to find out if there's a way to make the speaker yellow. See how efficient Windows will be in the future? :D
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#22
Inceptor
by: MoonPig
So... I'm the only one that likes the look of Win8?

It's clean, simple and nicely coloured.
I agree. Simple but 'sophisticated' look.
I never liked the rounded window corners; after ten years, it's about time that look changed.
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#23
Inceptor
by: NdMk2o1o
Win98 was Fail, the best OS before Win7 was XP and that is a proven fact by its longeivity and the fact that millions of people still use it, how many people still use Win98 or did 5 years after? 98 was buggy as hell, not as buggy as ME, XP was fantastic to say that it was still selling 9 years after it's first release, no other OS can claim that feat
Actually, Win98 was remarkably stable, compared to Win95, Win Me and WinXP. It can't be compared, in terms of memory usage, 'always on' performance, etc. But it was good, in retrospect, for its time. Win98SE was very good. Patched up Win98 was pretty good. I used Win98 on my old Pentium II laptop for 8 years with no catastrophic problems (in combination with the contemporaneous Norton Utilities); and it still runs just fine.
To say that XP was 'fantastic' because it sold a lot and is still installed on a lot of systems is absolute empty-headed nonsense. That's not a basis for something being 'good'; it's mainly because of the usage of software (no longer updated) written for XP and used by businesses, and because there are just a lot of old computers out there still being run by users.
Computer operating system sales numbers and installed base numbers have almost nothing to do with the 'quality' of the operating system. No one on this site can refute that with their personal experience, since they are part of a miniscule customer sub-market in comparison to the rest of the world of installed operating system users.
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#24
Lionheart
Windows 8 should be a service pack, not a new OS, quick money grab :shadedshu:mad:
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#25
BeepBeep2
by: Lionheart
Windows 8 should be a service pack, not a new OS, quick money grab :shadedshu:mad:
Do you know what a Service Pack is?

:shadedshu
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