There has been a recent spate of Windows 8 screenshots and information leaking out from Redmond, so how much and what do we know so far?
Well, for starters, it looks a lot like 7 – but that doesn’t necessarily mean much, because early builds of 7 looked a lot like Vista, and a lot of what we’re seeing here are early builds of 8.
That said, there are some notable additions, covered after the break:
First up, there are reportedly many metro UI elements incorporated into Windows 8 – one example of which being the login screen, as demonstrated in the video below.
Also, it is expected to come packaged with IE 10, which Microsoft demonstrated at MIX including CSS3 support for gradient backgrounds – meaning fancier visual effects can be coded straight into a page without the need to create and link in separate images.
There is also a built-in Windows app store, which explains MS’ keenness to prevent Apple winning exclusive rights to the term.
Other additions include a security update which brings SmartScreen integration right into the heart of Windows file system, automatic window colour picking based on the desktop background, and built-in ability to mount .iso files.
These leaks follow the release of early development builds of Windows 8 (7805, 7995) to torrent sites.