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Windows 8 Leaked CD Appeared for Sale on eBay

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 21 comments

But the image would need to be on a DVD to fit...

Many people want to be the first to use a shiny new piece of software, which could explain why one person tried to sell an early build of Windows 8.

An auction appeared on eBay offering a “real Windows 8 Milestone 3 leaked CD.” It's unknown if this disc was an official Microsoft pressing, but copies of Windows 8 Milestone 3 have been available off file sharing sites for some time now.

The auction has likely since caught the attention of Microsoft, which probably explains why the listing was pulled. According to WinRumors, the auction listing had a price of $1,500.

For those who really want to try out Windows 8, but to abide by Microsoft's rules, there's been rumors that Microsoft will release a beta at its BUILD conference this September. We'll know for sure in a couple of months!

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    jibbs , July 13, 2011 4:01 PM
    why are your pictures always such low resolution? Why even bother putting in a pic if we can barely see what it is?
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    verbalizer , July 13, 2011 2:36 PM
    no thanks regardless, and for a listing price of how much.?!
    c'mon man.
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    el33t , July 13, 2011 2:55 PM
    Meh....in a matter of days, people can get it from warez sites for free anyways..
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    Pyree , July 13, 2011 3:12 PM
    Won't buy it, its going to be buggy. Also, it could just be a blank disk.
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    jibbs , July 13, 2011 4:01 PM
    why are your pictures always such low resolution? Why even bother putting in a pic if we can barely see what it is?
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    sunflier , July 13, 2011 4:45 PM
    Can't wait to see who the dumb**s MS employee is that'll be fired over this.
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    mobrocket , July 13, 2011 4:53 PM
    if a moron buys it, they will be too stupid to know what to do with the disc...

    and $1500, that is alot to ask.... a good moron inducing price would be $50 or less
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    kilo_17 , July 13, 2011 5:00 PM
    $75 for shippiing a CD?!?
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    f-14 , July 13, 2011 5:22 PM
    kilo_17$75 for shippiing a CD?!?

    means it's overseas outside of good ol' usa jurisdiction.
    wouldn't surprise me if it was an ex microsoft employee in ireland
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    JasonAkkerman , July 13, 2011 5:30 PM
    I'll just get the beta off of Technet when it's released in two months.

    I can't wait to try it out with my Dell 22" multi-touch IPS panel.
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    smelly_feet , July 13, 2011 6:14 PM
    Typical of people who steal from their employer. They're bad at accounting.
    Profit earned from stolen good (or cost saving if they keep it) = $1500.00
    Minus.
    Loss of salary due to lost job = - $50,000

    Net Profit = -48,500.00
    or net savinging if keeping the item = -48,500.00

    It would be cheaper to not steal from the company and buy his/her own copy when it's released. So unless they're stealing something whose value will replace the job salary.....
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    memadmax , July 13, 2011 8:07 PM
    Prolly some dude in kenya trying to sell it, too bad it will be a blank disk =O....
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    Pyroflea , July 13, 2011 10:04 PM
    Who in their right mind would want to spend $1500 on a (probably blank) CD containing the unfinished Windows 8 that's supposed to go open-beta this fall?
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    jerreece , July 13, 2011 11:53 PM
    If they really had a real "leaked" CD, wouldn't it be an actual pressed Microsoft copy? No screenshots on their eBay of the actual disc? Who's going to pay $1,500 for screenshots?

    I'd think it was a hoax if you ask me.
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    malphas , July 14, 2011 1:13 AM
    PyrofleaWho in their right mind would want to spend $1500 on a (probably blank) CD containing the unfinished Windows 8 that's supposed to go open-beta this fall?

    Journalists, Apple, other industry insiders...
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    malphas , July 14, 2011 1:17 AM
    smelly_feetTypical of people who steal from their employer. They're bad at accounting. Profit earned from stolen good (or cost saving if they keep it) = $1500.00Minus.Loss of salary due to lost job = - $50,000Net Profit = -48,500.00or net savinging if keeping the item = -48,500.00It would be cheaper to not steal from the company and buy his/her own copy when it's released. So unless they're stealing something whose value will replace the job salary.....

    Other than stating the obvious (we know selling a leaked copy on eBay is less than an average salary), you're making a bunch of unfounded assumptions; a) that person is motivated purely by money, b) that person is going to get caught and fired c) that person isn't losing their job for unrelated reasons anyway, or has some grudge against their employer, etc.
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    back_by_demand , July 14, 2011 8:18 AM
    If this isn't a hoax, to try and auction what is essentially stolen goods takes a special kind of stupid.

    eBay has clear guidelines and rules on this kind of thing, expect to see the listing pulled by the admins, then expect local cops to knock on the listers door.

    I'm not saying I am against having a copy of a leaked build, but at least try to do it in the traditional manner, this is like robbing a Police car then driving it in front of the local court house and standing on the roof with a megaphone shouting "stolen car for sale!".

    Special kind of stupid.
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    Anonymous , July 14, 2011 1:30 PM
    Lol, M$ employees make more than $50k.
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    livebriand , July 14, 2011 11:08 PM
    It's definitely a fake. But at least now I know how I could make an extra $1.5K. (ignoring the fact that win8 almost certainly will come on a DVD, like winVista and win7 did...)
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    soundping , July 15, 2011 12:48 AM
    $1,500 Apple pricing.
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    eddieroolz , July 15, 2011 1:37 AM
    I'm eagerly waiting for an official Microsoft beta this time around.
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