Microsoft releases its Windows 8 Release to Manufacturers (RTM) build in the first week of August. Winunleaked has posted some leaked screenshots this weekend, confirming the arrival of the new OS. Going by the screenshots, the new OS does look more revamped and refreshed. The screenshots suggest that the OS promises a host of changes including a boot screen with the new Metro-style logo, Internet Explorer 10 that interacts with the colour of the Windows 8 theme, new colour picker options for the desktop UI, additional Metro inspired wallpapers and backgrounds for lock screen.
Microsoft’s new operating system is special for a number of reasons. It is going to be available for both desktops and tablets. It will also be available for ARM devices through an operating system called Windows RT, which includes the all-new Metro user interface. PCs, notebooks and x86 tablets will have access to the standard Windows 8 operating system, which will include both the new Metro user interface as well as the traditional desktop user interface. The Metro user interface is designed specifically for tablets and touchscreens.
Windows Metro screenshots: Customising Metro
Microsoft will be selling two tablets along with some of their vendor-partners. They recently took the wraps off Surface, a new family of tablets for Windows. Microsoft's line-up of tablets includes a Surface running on the ARM processor and featuring Windows RT, and another one running on a third-generation Intel Core processor featuring Windows 8 Pro.
Windows Metro screenshots: Internet Explorer 10
Earlier this month, speaking at Microsoft's recently-held Worldwide Partner Conference, Windows Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Tami Reller said that Windows 8 is going to reach the general audience by October this year. This also means that the Windows 8 and Windows RT PCs will be available for purchase and upgrades starting this October. She also mentioned that Windows 8 is going to be available in 109 languages across 231 markets in the world.
Windows Metro screenshots: Logo
So now we are sure that the final version of the operating system is scheduled for public release on October 26. And Winunleaked has given us a reason to become a little more eager, by claiming that “Windows 8 is incredibly stable and fast, it's far better than Windows 7 in all ways.”
On a side note, there are chances that some people might not like the tiled interface on their non-touch PCs and laptops. For them, we have a short tutorial on how to get rid of Windows 8 Metro UI. You will need Windows 8 Metro UI Switcher, a portable utility, which can be downloaded from SuperUtils.com. Apart from this utility, a couple of manual tweaks are explained in the tutorial.