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Screenshots of D9 conference leaked Windows 8 (build 7989)

Remember the preview of Windows 8 at the D9 conference in Taipei? It's been leaked to the web, at long last.

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The new tiled Metro UI interface. (Source)

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To see a list of known features to date, head over here. For more Windows 8 coverage, visit Mary Jo Foley's "All About Microsoft" column.

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2 of 28 Zack Whittaker/ZDNet

This build has a new wallpaper and a brand new log-in interface, which instead of fading in -- it 'zooms' in like a PowerPoint transition.

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To see a list of known features to date, head over here. For more Windows 8 coverage, visit Mary Jo Foley's "All About Microsoft" column.

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3 of 28 Zack Whittaker/ZDNet

Though the graphics have yet to be fine tuned, the Metro (Windows Phone 7) user interface is very apparent in this recently leaked build of Windows.

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To see a list of known features to date, head over here. For more Windows 8 coverage, visit Mary Jo Foley's "All About Microsoft" column.

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4 of 28 Zack Whittaker/ZDNet

Though the graphics have yet to be fine tuned, the Metro (Windows Phone 7) user interface is very apparent in this recently leaked build of Windows.

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To see a list of known features to date, head over here. For more Windows 8 coverage, visit Mary Jo Foley's "All About Microsoft" column.

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5 of 28 Zack Whittaker/ZDNet

The more "friendly" user experience for the out-of-box experience is present, with a similar background colour to the default log-in screen for Pattern Login users (you will see this later).

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To see a list of known features to date, head over here. For more Windows 8 coverage, visit Mary Jo Foley's "All About Microsoft" column.

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Many of the usual things you would expect to see in the out-of-box experience are present in this build -- such as user account details.

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To see a list of known features to date, head over here. For more Windows 8 coverage, visit Mary Jo Foley's "All About Microsoft" column.

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7 of 28 Zack Whittaker/ZDNet

The out-of-box experience is designed to look consistent and fluid on all devices that Windows 8 can run on -- including tablets and slate devices.

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To see a list of known features to date, head over here. For more Windows 8 coverage, visit Mary Jo Foley's "All About Microsoft" column.

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8 of 28 Zack Whittaker/ZDNet

The Metro (Windows Phone 7) user interface is apparent, with square corners. This build also has a new on-screen keyboard for tablet devices.

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To see a list of known features to date, head over here. For more Windows 8 coverage, visit Mary Jo Foley's "All About Microsoft" column.

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9 of 28 Zack Whittaker/ZDNet

This build is version 7989 -- the same build that was demonstrated at the D9 conference in Taipei last month.

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To see a list of known features to date, head over here. For more Windows 8 coverage, visit Mary Jo Foley's "All About Microsoft" column.

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10 of 28 Zack Whittaker/ZDNet

This build is clearly designed for HP notebooks. While there is no Windows 8 (or Windows.next) branding to speak of, this version of Windows is clearly progressing well with many next-generation features.

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To see a list of known features to date, head over here. For more Windows 8 coverage, visit Mary Jo Foley's "All About Microsoft" column.

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The Genuine Center allows you to maintain software licenses for your Microsoft software. It may have integration with the future Windows Store, where you can download applications for your Windows-based PC.

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To see a list of known features to date, head over here. For more Windows 8 coverage, visit Mary Jo Foley's "All About Microsoft" column.

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You can easily activate and change your product key with a single button; allowing you to trial the software before you decide which version you will activate.

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To see a list of known features to date, head over here. For more Windows 8 coverage, visit Mary Jo Foley's "All About Microsoft" column.

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Some of the new icons are present in this build, sported in the new Ribbon interface in Explorer.

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To see a list of known features to date, head over here. For more Windows 8 coverage, visit Mary Jo Foley's "All About Microsoft" column.

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Some of the new icons are present in this build, sported in the new Ribbon interface in Explorer.

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To see a list of known features to date, head over here. For more Windows 8 coverage, visit Mary Jo Foley's "All About Microsoft" column.

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Some of the new icons are present in this build, sported in the new Ribbon interface in Explorer.

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To see a list of known features to date, head over here. For more Windows 8 coverage, visit Mary Jo Foley's "All About Microsoft" column.

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This build has a new language center, allowing users to swap and change languages based on their native tongue. Clicking "Options" reveals something new...

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To see a list of known features to date, head over here. For more Windows 8 coverage, visit Mary Jo Foley's "All About Microsoft" column.

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Windows 8 may have its own in-build spell checker, as seen in the Text services area of the new language options center.

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To see a list of known features to date, head over here. For more Windows 8 coverage, visit Mary Jo Foley's "All About Microsoft" column.

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The History Vault allows you to roll back to previous versions of documents -- similar to that of the Mac OS X Time Machine.

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To see a list of known features to date, head over here. For more Windows 8 coverage, visit Mary Jo Foley's "All About Microsoft" column.

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Enabling History Vault is easy. While you can naturally back up to an external device, you can also use the hard drive that your operating system is installed on.

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To see a list of known features to date, head over here. For more Windows 8 coverage, visit Mary Jo Foley's "All About Microsoft" column.

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The options show that files can be checked for changes every hour for as long as necessary.

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To see a list of known features to date, head over here. For more Windows 8 coverage, visit Mary Jo Foley's "All About Microsoft" column.

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21 of 28 Zack Whittaker/ZDNet

Though the Mac OS X Time Machine have a better user inteface at the moment for its previous versions of files, the Windows 8 History Vault is simple and effective.

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To see a list of known features to date, head over here. For more Windows 8 coverage, visit Mary Jo Foley's "All About Microsoft" column.

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The SmartScreen filter, as seen in Windows Live products, allows Windows to protect itself from unknown kinds of software. 

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To see a list of known features to date, head over here. For more Windows 8 coverage, visit Mary Jo Foley's "All About Microsoft" column.

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The new Task Manager is cleaner and simpler for the lay person to use.

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To see a list of known features to date, head over here. For more Windows 8 coverage, visit Mary Jo Foley's "All About Microsoft" column.

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Yet, the new Task Manager still has a wealth of features to unlock, allowing more advanced users to work out exactly what is going on in their operating system.

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To see a list of known features to date, head over here. For more Windows 8 coverage, visit Mary Jo Foley's "All About Microsoft" column.

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Here you can see, during the installation of a webcam, the true definition of the Aero-inspired Metro user interface -- with the square edges and the still clear and transparent borders.

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To see a list of known features to date, head over here. For more Windows 8 coverage, visit Mary Jo Foley's "All About Microsoft" column.

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As seen in previous builds, this version of Windows also includes Pattern Login and the new Metro UI inspired "Touch Access" for tablet devices.

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To see a list of known features to date, head over here. For more Windows 8 coverage, visit Mary Jo Foley's "All About Microsoft" column.

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27 of 28 Zack Whittaker/ZDNet

The Pattern Login is specifically designed -- similar to Android devices and the iPhone -- to allow quick and easy access to your computer based on a simple pattern, specifically for tablet and touch devices.

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To see a list of known features to date, head over here. For more Windows 8 coverage, visit Mary Jo Foley's "All About Microsoft" column.

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A new feature, discovered during the installation of the .NET Framework, integrates installations into the operating system, by allowing features to be turned on and off as and when appropriate. This could cut down the need to restart during installations.

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To see a list of known features to date, head over here. For more Windows 8 coverage, visit Mary Jo Foley's "All About Microsoft" column.

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