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    Windows 8 Build 7955 screenshots show that Microsoft is serious about the Ribbon

    Posted: 21 Apr 2011 11:03 PM PDT

    A few weeks ago, we had a first glimpse of the Ribbon making a presence in Windows 8. Much of the reception was negative, with many users claiming that too much screen real-estate was sacrificed. However, it seems that Microsoft has continued to build upon the Ribbon since then.

    WinFuture was able unlock a couple of hidden features with the help of the Windows 8 community. Although most of us are still playing with our awfully outdated build that was compiled in September, fortunately for us, WinFuture was able to unlock these features in Windows 8 Build 7955. The exact build string was not given, but from our master list, we can see that this build was compiled only a few months ago.

    6.2.7955.0.fbl_srv.110225-2127 (Shellstyle.dll)

    So how does the Ribbon look now?

    It looks almost the same at first glance, but the Ribbon is a lot more beefier now than it was before.

    A much beefier Ribbon with many more options.

    WinFuture stated that the Ribbon was able to be toggled off in this build. However, no screenshots were shown with the Ribbon off. You will see in the bottom right hand corner, that more display options have been added.

    Sharing options, possible cloud or Windows Live ID integration?

    The share menu still looks like a work-in-progress. It would be interesting to see if Microsoft will decide to add social-media links to its Ribbon.


    Even pictures can be manipulated with basic controls from the Ribbon

    Does this mean songs can be played without WMP being launched?

    The quick access bar at the very top of the window pane will be customizable

    Modern task manager is much more refined

    Compared to the previous screenshots, we are seeing a Modern Task Manager that actually looks functionable.

    Nested entries and additional info in header bar

    Similar applications that show up as different applications are now grouped. Furthermore, the total usage of CPU, Memory, Disk, and Network are now indicated at the top in addition the details for each application. A link to the performance dashboard is also present.

    CPU Details

    Here we see the dashboard, showing more information about the CPU than is indicated in Windows 7. The clock speed and up-time are now indicated. In additional, core information is provided as well.

    It would be interesting to see if Microsoft will take into consideration any feedback that is heard from these leaked screenshots.

    Related posts:

    1. Windows 8 Build 7955 video leaks – shows off Metro UI elements
    2. Windows 8 Ribbon UI screenshots uncovered!!!
    3. Microsoft begins shipping Windows 8 Build 7971 via Connect

    Rumor: Windows 8 may let you log in with your face

    Posted: 21 Apr 2011 06:10 PM PDT

    It’s been quiet for the past few days with regards to Windows 8, but that doesn’t mean Windows 8 fanatics have stopped working. Italian website Windows8Italia have opened a .dll file that hints Microsoft will incorporate Kinect technology into Windows 8. It should come as no surprise that Microsoft will try to find overlaps in its Kinect technology with its other product lines, considering how ahead of the time its technology is.

    Reference to "Detect Human Presence" in what seems like the Sensors Control Panel .dll file

    For those unfamiliar with Kinect, it is a camera-capture device for the Xbox 360 that uses human movement as an input device, substituting the controller. The Kinect also has a unique feature which allows users to log into their Xbox Live account with face recognition.

    Leaked slides also show that this was something Microsoft had in their sketchbooks initially:

    The Next Web also mentioned that Microsoft did state it did promise PC support for the Kinect.

    It would be interesting to see if Microsoft would incorporate this as a universal log-in feature in conjunction with their Cloud service. It would be quite amazing to see Microsoft be one of the first players to push the Cloud service forward and put it into mainstream use.


    Related posts:

    1. Windows 8 Cloud features begin to surface
    2. Rumor: Windows 8 Mosh UI to have “Windows Phone 7″-like Live Tiles
    3. Microsoft starting major improvements for Windows 8 soon


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