Windows 8 M3 build contains new wallpaper, twin UI bits, and more

Windows 8 M3 build contains new wallpaper, twin UI bits, and more

Summary: Windows 8 information keeps trickling out slowly. Here to add to the mix is a new wallpaper and some additional information.

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Slowly trickling down the pike is a freshly-baked Windows 8 M3 build purportedly distributed out to select OEMs via Microsoft Connect recently. Since then, the flood of information hitting the Internet has been exciting, but not particularly revealing in the way of visuals. While this isn't too much more to contribute to what's already out there, a kind anonymous soul sent me a screen shot today of a new Windows 8 build sporting a new wallpaper. Not surprisingly, we see fish and other sea-related visuals -- par for the course pre-beta visuals ever since Windows 7's early builds. Here is a screen shot of the Windows 8 build with the wallpaper in use (build string removed for anonymity; click the image below to see a larger version):

 

Nothing too exciting there, but we see again the user tile on the right-hand side of the task bar which apparently makes certain commands/tasks easily-accessible to the user. That feature was first spotted and made public in some of the first real screen shots posted of Windows 8 by win7china.com last month.

In addition to the screen shot and wallpaper I was sent, I've been informed there are Jupiter bits (a new user interface (UI) library for Windows) scattered throughout the OS, as well as signs of Windows 8's new "Twin UI" via a new DLL aptly named TWINUI.DLL. Though these bits are not able to be enabled at the moment with any built-in functionality, if they're there and this build fully leaks, I'll be watching Rafael Rivera's Within Windows to see what can be done despite Microsoft's attempts to keep hidden code hidden. With all Rafael did to enable Windows 7's super-hidden UI in early builds when it supposedly couldn't be done, if any new UI features are in this build, he will undoubtedly find them.

My colleague Mary Jo Foley wrote a great piece today about the impending leak of this latest Windows 8 build, as well as some historicity of currently-leaked screen shots and Windows 8 information. I suggest you have a look at it to really get what all the excitement and projection is about. Though I don't expect us to see too much out of this leaked build by way of visuals and a new user interface (the part I would wager most people are interested in at this point), there is *much* more Microsoft is taking on with Windows 8 that we can delve into. Proof of that can be seen in the plethora of information I've uncovered on LinkedIn, Microsoft job ads, employee portfolios, etc. in recent posts (see here and here).

Such a hodgepodge of information can now come together in a manner which serves as breadcrumbs for us to follow with exploring new functionality in builds (especially this particular build, if/when we can get our hands on it). So, be sure to keep your eyes open for the impending leak! And if you're not interested in downloading or installing a leaked pre-beta version of Windows 8, we'll be sure to keep you covered here on ZDNet. Oh, and before I forget, if you would like to download the wallpaper from the screen shot above, here you go (right-click, save target as):

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  • RE: Windows 8 M3 build contains new wallpaper, twin UI bits, and more

    Ah! Wallpaper! Excellent! :D
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: Windows 8 M3 build contains new wallpaper, twin UI bits, and more

      @Cylon Centurion 0005 It really is nice and easy on the eyes. I already set it up as my default wallpaper.
      statuskwo5
  • RE: Windows 8 M3 build contains new wallpaper, twin UI bits, and more

    The wallpaper is pretty innovative, I would say.

    Will it still have NTFS?
    Return_of_the_jedi
    • RE: Windows 8 M3 build contains new wallpaper, twin UI bits, and more

      @Return_of_the_jedi - it's likely that Win8 will include some improvements to NTFS. Why do you ask?
      bitcrazed
      • RE: Windows 8 M3 build contains new wallpaper, twin UI bits, and more

        @bitcrazed I believe he was being sarcastic.
        statuskwo5
      • Return_of_the_jedi, what do you want?

        @bitcrazed
        FAT32?

        :)
        Will Farrell
      • RE: Windows 8 M3 build contains new wallpaper, twin UI bits, and more

        @bitcrazed What about WinFS? Remember that?
        sh3ps
  • RE: Windows 8 M3 build contains new wallpaper, twin UI bits, and more

    Oh and I forgot to say, it doesn't matter than Microsoft is working on Windows 8, nobody will be using it, except for Windoze propeller heads. Companies will either be sticking with XP or moving to Google Chrome OS for all their needs, but they will keep a Windoze box in the corner gathering dust for the occasional print job. As if anyone prints anymore. Which means no one will be using Office either, which is only good for formatting paper.

    Windoze propeller heads hate anything Google, this much is true, but once Google releases ChromeOS and people see how easy it is to use, will ditch Winddoze left and right.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: Windows 8 M3 build contains new wallpaper, twin UI bits, and more

      @Cylon Centurion 0005 :D
      1773
    • RE: Windows 8 M3 build contains new wallpaper, twin UI bits, and more

      @Cylon Centurion 0005

      Fanboi much?
      ntrain2k@...
      • RE: Windows 8 M3 build contains new wallpaper, twin UI bits, and more

        @ntrain2k@... Sir, you seem to be new here on ZDNet Talkbacks. Just browse through the comments on any Microsoft article and you will find our resident troll and jester Donnieboy. Then you will understand the context behind the comment made by Cylon Centurion. Welcome to the talkbacks !! :)
        1773
    • RE: Windows 8 M3 build contains new wallpaper, twin UI bits, and more

      @Cylon Centurion 0005 Thanks for the laugh. :-)
      statuskwo5
    • LOL!

      @Cylon Centurion 0005

      Channeling your inner Donnieboy? :)
      Will Farrell
      • RE: Windows 8 M3 build contains new wallpaper, twin UI bits, and more

        @Will Farrell

        Haha. Of course.
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: Windows 8 M3 build contains new wallpaper, twin UI bits, and more

      @Cylon Centurion 0005 Hey dude I think DonnieBoy has hacked into your account... LOL!
      athynz
    • RE: Windows 8 M3 build contains new wallpaper, twin UI bits, and more

      @Cylon Centurion 0005
      Hello, Donnieboy. Glad to see you back. Missed ya! Lol!
      eargasm
    • RE: Windows 8 M3 build contains new wallpaper, twin UI bits, and more

      @Cylon Centurion 0005

      Google Chrome? Only absolute Google fan boys will use that bit of Google spyware.
      jorjitop
    • RE: Windows 8 M3 build contains new wallpaper, twin UI bits, and more

      @Cylon Centurion 0005

      Its clear that you hate anything Windows. Chrome will never be anything more than a blip on the OS radar screen and no one with half a brain is going to store data on the cloud. Windows works just fine for me and everyone I know, we use Office plenty and still print.
      rdc1253@...
  • RE: Windows 8 M3 build contains new wallpaper, twin UI bits, and more

    Companies have followed the same adoption cycle they always have for Windows... and that means they skipped Vista and adopted Windows 7 for corporate deployment. They skipped ME and adopted XP. They skipped 95 and adopted 98.
    They may skip Windows 8 - typically MS isn't so good at getting new releases right/bug free/stable, but subsequent releases become stable in a reliable capacity. This is a pattern that has existed since the integration of NT with Windows 2000.

    So you may be right that corporations won't care much about Windows 8.
    But not for the ignorant and downright silly reason you mention.

    You are also then implying that companies will want to dismiss with their Windows-expertise-based IT staff, deploy netbooks across the organization, increase web traffic expense and tie up bandwidth by putting the internet connectivity in the direct path of employee productivity, in a move that rolls out an unfamiliar environment that is fundamentally incompatible with business software - either purchased or developed - not to mention incompatible with database software or any IDE environments that internal developers require to do their jobs to support corporate America.

    Chrome OS is for home users - the non-power-user - someone who might be able to get away with an iPad for their home computing needs. Not for "corporate America".
    geolemon
    • RE: Windows 8 M3 build contains new wallpaper, twin UI bits, and more

      @geolemon 'Not for "corporate America".'

      Not yet. While I agree with everything you've said, I have no doubt that Google will put together a compelling Gmail / Docs / ChromeOS package for the SMB market.
      aureolin