Images of Windows 8 build 8158 leaked to the Internet this week.
The images show off Microsoft’s latest improvements to the Windows 8 Charms Bar. Microsoft’s Charms Bar is the company’s Start Menu replacement throughout Windows 8 and acts as a quick way in touch or keyboard mode to access several important parts of the operating system. Microsoft has built in the following five charms in Windows 8:
- Search – allows users to search across the OS or throughout applications
- Share – apps that use the search contract can share data through this handy charm
- Start – will return users to the Start Screen
- Devices – displays connected hardware devices
- Settings – displays application settings and brightness, volume and shutdown options
The Charms Bar in Windows 8 build 8158 appears relatively unchanged with the exception of an easy way to make the bar translucent. Images were also made available from Chinese site PCbeta to show off a new feature of Internet Explorer 10. Microsoft has enabled support for automatic updates to Internet Explorer 10. Windows 8 users can enable the feature from the about dialog box in Microsoft’s latest browser. Microsoft is currently preparing a beta copy of Windows 8, to be made available in January. Little is known about the feature set of Microsoft’s Windows 8 beta. Recently leaked screenshots indicate that Microsoft will allow users to change the Start Screen color and the Start Screen background image in beta copies of Windows 8. Microsoft has previously detailed some other minor improvements to the Windows 8 beta. Users will be able to create, name and rearrange Start Screen groups as well as navigate with the Windows 8 Apps screen in a better way. Microsoft is planning to group applications to make it easier for users to identify them in Windows 8 beta. Windows Media Center will also return to Windows 8 beta alongside the typical Windows games, DVD creator and .NET 3.5.
For more information on Windows 8 check out our dedicated section or the latest news below.
- Windows 8 beta currently on track for January, demo at CES
- Microsoft’s new Windows 8 Resilient File System (ReFS) will be server only
- Microsoft to detail Windows 8 app store features next week
- Microsoft transitioning to a darker color scheme for Windows 8?
- Windows 8 ARM notebooks expected to debut in mid-2013
- Security researcher demonstrates Windows 8 bootkit [video]
- Microsoft reportedly preparing a new Xbox model for 2012, designed for Windows 8
- Microsoft reveals its online upgrade experience for Windows 8
- Windows 8 hits build 8156 as beta approaches
- Windows Updates on Windows 8 will be a lot less intrusive
- Windows 8 pre-beta includes option to change Start Screen background image
- Samsung planning modified Windows 8 Series 7 slate for late 2012
- Microsoft shares its plans to improve Windows 8 battery life