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New Windows 8 Screenshots Leak

It was only a matter of time until some began posting screenshots of the recently leaked build of Windows 8. News about the leak with the build number 7989 broke on June 18. We did not know a lot about that build back then, other than that it was compiled on April 21. The leak has been made available first on private ftp servers and other private sites, before it made its way to the rest of the Internet.

You can read more about the leak here on Windows 8 News. The screenshots are the first as far as I know that have been posted publicly.

Windows 8 News has all the Windows 8 screenshots for you. The good news is, you not only find the leaked screenshots of the Windows 8 version on the site, but also annotations that describe new features that are shown on each individual screenshot.

The leak was installed on a tablet PC and the user who submitted the photos managed to get the metro UI working on the tablet. The metro UI was not the one built into Windows 8, but a Rainmeter theme.


The screenshots show several new features, including:

  • A new onscreen keyboard layout, with fewer keys per layer, but additional layers for emotes and stuff.
  • Handwriting recognition works very well, with enough room to write.
  • The new touch interface uses a bubble and trail to visualize the fingers and movement. Dual touch is activated on the build.
  • The system configuration screen has been revamped
  • Windows Smartscreen is active, and will display a warning message if unwanted programs are detected.
  • The new metro ui is included but deactivated

I'd say the findings are not super spectacular but confirm some of the rumors of the past months.

Visit Windows 8 News for all screenshots and descriptions of features. Be aware that the build is still pre-beta which means that the features shown may be changed or even removed at any time during the development process.

If things go ahead as planned, we showed see a public beta of Windows 8 later this year. What is your take on Windows 8 so far? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Robert Palmar said on June 21, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    The Metro UI is manages to be a unique blend of sophistication and simplicity.
    Judging by appearances alone it does make everything else look dated.

  2. ZeroTnC said on June 21, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    That’s not actual Windows 8 Metro UI, thats Omnimo skin for rainmeter. (Look at the panel that has paypal logo on it… ¬¬)
    However, windows 8 is in development as one official video has been published in you tube. See ya!

    1. james said on June 22, 2011 at 1:09 am

      Darn it! This article had me for a minute. I guess your an omnimo fan waiting to hear they patched the metro ui too lol I’d say we’ll sooner see these features added to win7, many people are working on it atm. Win8menu which is in alpha looks promising.

  3. Khai said on June 22, 2011 at 12:21 am

    I’m hoping that can all be turned off… if not, I’ll stick with Win7.

    1. Paymun said on June 22, 2011 at 12:47 am

      As you can see in the background that your traditional desktop exists. So Im sure there will be a toggle on/off feature. ;)

  4. RaymonFlores said on June 22, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    lol it’s omnimo

  5. Robert Palmar said on June 22, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Windows 8 can have a UI similar to if not identical
    to the Rainmeter theme without the need for
    having the Rainmeter theme installed.

    The Rainmeter theme is a knock-off of the Metro UI
    on current systems that other than Windows 8.

    I imagine Metro is not fully implemented on this
    preliminary version leaked or the user did
    not know how to create the look and
    installed Rainmeter to get it.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on June 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm

      Robert, I suspect it is the latter. It is a real copy of W8, but he installed the theme to make it look like metro. On w8n, he is speaking of a clone of metro.

      1. Robert Palmar said on June 22, 2011 at 9:14 pm

        I may not have made myself clear.
        We actually agree as to what this is.

        I do believe this is a Windows 8 running
        the Rainmeter theme that was made other
        versions of Windows especially Windows 7.

      2. Martin Brinkmann said on June 22, 2011 at 9:21 pm

        Robert, you made yourself perfectly clear ;)

  6. Amith said on June 22, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    “These screenshots apparently are fake and have been created using Ommino 4.0, which however does do a great job of showing how sexy Windows 8 could be.”
    See the update below the original article!

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