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Sneak peak at leaked early Windows 8 build

A sneak-peek at an early, leaked copy of Windows 8 (build 7850)

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Topic: Microsoft
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1 of 5 Zack Whittaker/ZDNet

With the ever present "shhh... let's not leak our hard work" wallpaper, in the bottom right hand corner of the screen, a small icon shows functionality relating to the user profile. These options include the choice to switch user, log off the PC or to lock the PC; similar functionality to that of the Start menu.

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2 of 5 Zack Whittaker/ZDNet

This command prompt window shows not only the build number of this early pre-release version of Windows 8 (build 7850), but also the centralised title text seen in previous leaked screenshots.

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3 of 5 Zack Whittaker/ZDNet

This build is so early, that the Windows 7 branding has not been removed. However, look up to the top left hand corner of the window above and you will see a new icon. At long last, the ability to jump "up" into the file structure, as last seen in Windows XP.

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4 of 5 Zack Whittaker/ZDNet

The Start menu hasn't changed, but just underneath the user profile picture, a 'Login' option appears. Also, this build shows a warning to potential leakers (too little, too late), and the build string of this leaked version of Windows 8.

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To read more on Windows 8 and this gallery, visit the iGeneration column.

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5 of 5 Zack Whittaker/ZDNet

This screenshot shows the ability to choose the tile available (only the default, at this stage) that will "represent you throughout Windows". This sounds somewhat ominous,  but could relate to Windows as outside the operating system also. This feature in the bottom right hand corner offers fast-user switching, faster than seen in previous versions of Windows without the need to 'log off' and 'log back in again'.

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To read more on Windows 8 and this gallery, visit the iGeneration column.

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