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This is the Windows 8 Welcome and Lock Screen

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 70 comments

Windows Phone 7 influence.

Even if you're not looking at it with Apple products in mind, there is a clear convergence happening between smartphones, tablets and the traditional desktop and laptop form factor.

Just like how Apple is integrating iOS elements into Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Microsoft seems to be borrowing bits of Windows Phone 7 for Windows 8.

Uncovered on Within Windows is what is tentatively the welcome screen for Windows 8. See it below:

 

The background image is one of the pieces of artwork included in Windows 7. The actual image is changeable, but what is said to be set is the time, date, power controls and ease of access. There's also talk of being able to control music playback from the lock screen, which would be handy for when a PC is used as the music player at a party.

Different variations of Windows 8 may have different welcome screens. For example, tablet devices may have pattern-based unlocking instead of ctrl-alt-delete.

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    joytech22 , April 5, 2011 9:32 AM
    Two things:

    1. The face of that man is disturbing
    2. I don't want a phone experience on my Desktop, I want it to feel as fast and expensive as it is, add lots of particle effects for the time or something..
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    lucuis , April 5, 2011 9:26 AM
    Yeah I don't like it.
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    proofhitter , April 5, 2011 9:23 AM
    Is this a joke? I don't want my desktop to look like a phone... Looks ugly to me. I'd rather stick to my Win7 welcome screen thank you very much!
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    lucuis , April 5, 2011 9:26 AM
    Yeah I don't like it.
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    joytech22 , April 5, 2011 9:32 AM
    Two things:

    1. The face of that man is disturbing
    2. I don't want a phone experience on my Desktop, I want it to feel as fast and expensive as it is, add lots of particle effects for the time or something..
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    delazaren , April 5, 2011 9:51 AM
    Relax guys, the image is changeable and what's wrong with adding a few extra bits on the welcome screen like date and time? Your uber CPU and uber GPU won't sweat over it. I assume of course that we'll be able to get the standard login prompt though... :-)
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    amigafan , April 5, 2011 9:54 AM
    I don't want to have to press ctrl-alt-delete to log on. I want to be able to quickly type my password and hit enter to log on like I do now.
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    FlukieLukie , April 5, 2011 9:56 AM
    amigafanI don't want to have to press ctrl-alt-delete to log on. I want to be able to quickly type my password and hit enter to log on like I do now.

    Erm.. In every version of Windows the home/login screen has a mode to force CTRL+ALT+DEL logins, the password + profile will still be there too just this option will stay as it always has been :S
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    chronicbint , April 5, 2011 10:46 AM
    Cant believe people are moaning about a single screen. Lulz.
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    n3ard3ath , April 5, 2011 10:57 AM
    Monopole=No Evolution. Nuff Said.
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    duinchaileen , April 5, 2011 11:06 AM
    See the date? April 1st
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    mlopinto2k1 , April 5, 2011 11:08 AM
    Retarded. That's all I have to say about that. Oh, and.. I like the "lots of particle effects" idea.
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    JD13 , April 5, 2011 11:16 AM
    April Fools...
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    thomaseron , April 5, 2011 11:36 AM
    At least, put an analog looking clock there instead! Would look much nicer.
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    gamerk316 , April 5, 2011 12:07 PM
    Quote:
    2. I don't want a phone experience on my Desktop, I want it to feel as fast and expensive as it is, add lots of particle effects for the time or something..


    Apple is doing teh same thing. Its all about intigration with smartphones now.
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    memadmax , April 5, 2011 12:09 PM
    Disturbing to say the least....

    For some reason that bird looks like it's gonna peck that guys' eyeball out, or the bird is eyeing him for its next meal, i dunno....
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    memadmax , April 5, 2011 12:12 PM
    Oh, and from the Original Article:
    "TIP: This is not an April Fools joke."
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    alidan , April 5, 2011 12:18 PM
    i love xp, come on microsoft, xp2
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    ProDigit10 , April 5, 2011 12:22 PM
    disgusting piece of art, I'd never want!
    And I guess that MS Paint-styled timer really is a joke I hope!

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    Tedders , April 5, 2011 12:29 PM
    As long as they give the option to switch from an AD logon to a local machine logon in a drop-down box like XP I will hate it. Working in an AD environment and having to logon to local accounts a lot I can tell you THAT is a big PITA!
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    Tedders , April 5, 2011 12:30 PM
    Dammit... ^^^As long as they DONT HAVE the option...
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    jgutz2006 , April 5, 2011 12:44 PM
    TeddersAs long as they give the option to switch from an AD logon to a local machine logon in a drop-down box like XP I will hate it. Working in an AD environment and having to logon to local accounts a lot I can tell you THAT is a big PITA!


    You can do this without a drop down box, you just need to know a local machine username/password + the computer name and choose "other User" with "Computername\Username" + Password.
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