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Leaked Screen Shots of Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Based on these shots, there appears to be some important differences between the current build, the Developer Preview, and the coming Consumer Preview.

Start screen:

The Start screen has been tweaked with new App Bar options, color schemes, and more.

Start mouse-over:

Microsoft has removed the Start Orb from Windows 8. But when you mouse over that bottom-left-corner of the desktop now, you get a little Start screen pop-up.


New icons:

While the Windows 8 Developer Preview retains the Windows 7-style desktop icons, the Consumer Preview introduces some new, Metro-style icons, even in the desktop view. These can also be seen on the Start Screen and in the Apps list.


Slightly updated Setup:

The interactive Setup routine is getting a new color scheme for the Beta but remains similar to the one from the Consumer Preview, with the same basic steps.



There have been some minor changes to the Explorer ribbon, as you can see below. (Consumer Preview on top, Developer Preview on bottom.)


Segregated Apps list:

It appears that the Consumer Preview breaks down the list by category rather than alphabetically.



The Charms pop-up is translucent, with no overlay, in some shots. But other shots show a black overlay, so it's unclear why it's on sometimes and off others.


A few other things to mention:

Windows To Go appears to be available in this build. Changes to Internet Explorer appear to be minimal from a UI perspective. Aside from the removal of the Start Orb and the icon changes, the desktop looks largely identical to that of the Developer Preview. PC Reset and PC Refresh are available in the classic Control Panel, as they were previously. The Windows Store is allowing users in gradually, and is no longer a placeholder. To view the complete sets of shots of Windows 8 Build 8220, please refer to Trapelati nuovi interessanti screenshot di Windows 8 Consumer Preview on WindowsBlogItalia and Windows 8 Beta Candidate Build 8220 on WinUnleaked.


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