New Windows 8 taskbar images leak

By Tom Warren, on 13th Mar 11 11:04 am with 16 Comments

Windows 8 Live ID integration

Additional images of Windows 8′s new taskbar leaked this week.

Microsoft’s Windows 8 taskbar images first leaked earlier this month but additional images surfaced over the weekend. My Digital Life forum user Vlad62 posted new images on Saturday. The new images further detail Microsoft’s Windows Live account integration directly into the Windows 8 Shell. The software giant has also provided several wallpapers with a “ssh…lets’ not leak our hard work” written on them and the latest images feature these. The future Windows Server image also appears to reveal an enhanced Windows Classic UI (see below).

Windows 8 wallpapers

Microsoft may be preparing to demonstrate its Windows 8 Tablet UI as early as June, according to reports earlier this month. Microsoft has a habit of introducing new technologies at the Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital Conference, which will run from May 31 to June 2 this year. Bill Gates introduced Microsoft’s Surface computer in 2007 and the company demonstrated Windows 7 multitouch in 2008. It’s possible that Microsoft might be planning to demonstrate a technology preview of Windows 8 Tablets at the conference this year.

Microsoft may introduce Windows 8 ARM based tablets ahead of a full desktop release according to recent reports. Microsoft’s competitive tablet strategy is believed to be further along than expected. Dell’s recently leaked Tablet Roadmap revealed that the OEM has marked Q1 2012 as its date for a Windows 8 based slate. WinRumors understands that Microsoft has been working on an ARM based version of Windows for nearly a year and that it is laboring hard to bring this to the market as soon as possible. Microsoft has previously promised a “major revamp” of Windows for slate applications, that will come in the next version, Windows 8.

Microsoft has so far been extremely quiet on the Windows 8 front. Windows Chief, Steven Sinofsky, took to the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January to introduce a technology preview of Microsoft’s Windows ARM support and show off an early build of Windows 8. Microsoft is partnering with ARM-based manufactures NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments to produce new Tablet devices. Rumors suggest that Microsoft will create a dual-UI for Windows 8.

Steve Ballmer has described the next release of Windows as the company’s “riskiest product bet”. Ballmer also recently claimed that Windows will change in future versions. It is understood that Microsoft will feature deep cloud integration into the future OS to realise its vision of “three screens and a cloud”. One Microsoft employee recently said he believes Windows 8 will be the “most important Windows ever shipped.”

  • GP007

    I think we’re in for something bigger than just a Live ID picture next to the peek shortcut. And I think the taskbar changes will also be echoed on the tablet UI so it has some sense of consistance between the two UIs.

  • Sebastian Gorgon

    Its still very early to start posting thighs like this, Steve Ballmer reported that Windows 8 won’t be like any other windows previously… and from that statement alone its pretty obvious that means the taskbar will be a LOT different

    • Manish

      I agree. This seems that updated or altered taskbar.

  • Gho,Danny Wahyudi

    Fake,It;s Totaly Fake

  • Grannyville7989

    Having my face littered around the UI will certainly make everyone’s Windows experience a lot better :-P

  • Daniel Hartshorn

    So far not that bad not sure about having my face in the task bar though, but that would be somthing we would get used to i suppose

  • Jasonmountjoy

    Agree with the fake comments. How many US Windows users use the DD/MM/YYYY format? Why hide a build number? The rest of the UI could very easily be lifted from Windows 7 and PhotoShop’d.

    • Guest

      you can tell from the name ‘vlad62′ and the avatar that he is a russian.

    • Anonymous

      It’s Putin isn’t it?

    • Reddo

      my task bar says 13/03/2011 at this very moment

  • GP007

    I expect to see or at least hear more about Win8 at MiX maybe. At least in regards to SL5 dev for it etc.

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone think that theres a message or something hidden within that matrix on the wallpaper?


    weell i just acnt wait for windows to unleash there os

  • Anonymous

    This is about a 1.5 paragraph article with a crapload of copy and pasting from earlier articles.

  • Asdasdasdas

    hahahahhaahhahaa Windows 8 like this? forget it — bullshit detected!

  • Ghuio

    Putin avatar.Super.