Windows 8 Beta Screenshots Leaked

Two weeks ago, Microsoft confirmed that the public beta of Windows 8 will arrive in February 2012, missing the projected date by a mere month. Now a batch of leaked screens has surfaced, seemingly backing up Microsoft's release schedule by revealing the final build of Windows 8 beta -- a build which the company will supposedly sign-off with love an affection by the end of the month.

Unfortunately, this first batch only contains three screen grabs showcasing the new InstallPrep, new themes, and the new Metro-themed start page. The latter picture reveals a few pre-installed apps from the Windows Store like Reader, Weather Beta, Paint, Video, Photos, and more. The second screen showing the Themes window looks slightly different than the Windows 7 version, sporting "flattened" themes and an easier way to select a desktop background.

A separate batch of Windows 8 Beta screens can be found here. These aren't quite a colorful, merely depicting the post-Setup "out of box" experience where end-users configure personal and PC settings. First the user establishes a name for the PC and then the Start screen theme color. After that, end-users go through the motions of setting up Windows 8 on their desktop or laptop -- Windows Update, automatic updates etc. -- and then log on.

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  • soccerdocks
    fonzyWill it have a normal interface for desktops like windows/XP? I don't think I could get used to that.


    Yes, it has that.
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  • Swolern
    I hope 8 is going to have Kinect integration. My gaming rig is connected to my 55in HDTV and it would be great if i could navigate Windows with just hand and voice.
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  • Swolern
    I hope 8 is going to have Kinect integration. My gaming rig is connected to my 55in HDTV and it would be great if i could navigate Windows with just hand and voice.
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  • amk-aka-Phantom
    Dear Tom's Hardware,

    As much as I respect this website and its news team (except Gruener), I'd like to request you to stop assuming that your audience consists of "average users" and hence stop using the word "leak" to describe what should be called a "release" instead.

    TL;DR: I don't believe that Apple, MS, Google and others are dumb enough to have these "leaks" all the time. Use the correct terminology.

    Sincerely,

    amk-aka-phantom
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  • fonzy
    Will it have a normal interface for desktops like windows/XP? I don't think I could get used to that.
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