New Windows 8 Wallpapers and Charms Bar Shown in Leaked Screenshots

Chinese website PC Beta has released new screenshots from the Windows 8 Consumer Preview (beta) showing that the Start Screen wallpaper we’ve seen in the Developer Preview probably won’t be the only one available when we see the full beta later this month.  While full details of exactly what and how many wallpapers will be available, until Stardock get their way, the image of the new rings wallpaper isn’t an unpleasant one.

The screenshots also show a modified Charms bar with new icons and a slightly modified Control Panel, now called PC Settings, where the descriptive text from items has been removed.  Finally these is a screenshot reinforcing the news that the Windows Start Orb has now been removed from the desktop.  Rumour has it however that it reappears if you mouse over to the bottom left of the Windows desktop taskbar.

Much still isn’t known about the Windows 8 beta, probably too much frankly and there are a great many quite legitimate questions that people are asking.  It is clear though that Microsoft have done a great deal of work since last August when they would have signed-off on the Developer Preview build, and that they’ve taken on board much of the feedback they received from that build.

One piece of feedback concerned the blanket alphabetical way in which apps were treated in the search screen.  One of the new screenshots shows apps now arranged into categories, as per the current Start Menu.  It’s probably not a perfect implementation, but it is at least a significant improvement over what we’ve seen before.

What do you think of these screenshots and the new look?  Do you like it?  Why not tell us in the comments below.


The wallpaper images have  been posted here originally.

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10 Responses to New Windows 8 Wallpapers and Charms Bar Shown in Leaked Screenshots

  1. Max Marshall February 6, 2012 at 6:13 am #

    I like the new side bar on the last picture 🙂

  2. Anonymous February 6, 2012 at 6:39 am #

    This simply proves that Windows is not worth the money. I’m not spending big cash for what is essentially Windows 7 with Media Center slapped on the top.

    • buttanamodonna February 6, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

      Worthless comment

      • Damien O'Brien February 6, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

        He has a point tho.

        • Ron February 7, 2012 at 10:55 am #

          No he does not. There is a lot of new stuff under the hood.

          However more importantly this ‘media center slap on’ is a whole new user intreface that we compleetly change how you experience your computer. This is worth the price for many more so than if it  had new features under the hood.

          Nobody is forcing you to buy this btw. Microsoft (like all companies) just keeps on innovating. Or would you rather buy an operating system from 2009 when you’re ready for a new computer? Microsoft should be able to be competitive with competition released today, and they have to do this with modern software not stuff from a few years ago. As long as Microsoft also keeps on supporting the older software than there is nothing wrong with releasing a newer version.

          You don’t always need to have the latest version. For example, you can go from XP to Windows 7 and skip Vista or go from Windows Vista to Windows 8 and skip W7.

          • Damien O'Brien February 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

            Innovating? you have got to be joking. all they have done is made a fancy version of android/IOS to slap on over the top of a perfectly good working desktop.

            Fair call they want to change and keep up with the times, im ok with this But you cant expect all of us to just Learn how to develop and use a stupid desktop user interface on a non touch user’s computer.

            Now if they Said this is our new METRO UI for Phones and Touchscreen Deveics hey i would HAIL it it looks good and im a MS fan but when they tell me they are removing the hole desktop to an Optional user interface im like WTF I use 4 30″ screen for my work and this Metro just aint coing to cut it for me.

            Sorry but it’s not going to work unless it’s for touch devices and the likes. not a desktop.

            Although i do like the
            Faster Boot times, Memory Managment. I use windows 8 everynow and then at home and it works well but the first thing i did was Registry Hack to remove the Damn Metro UI so i can access my Desktop properly.

  3. ryandigweed February 6, 2012 at 7:12 am #

    Looks good 🙂 

  4. Michael Buckley February 6, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    Looks promising; I hope they can feel like they can bring the price down, though. I doubt the consumer market they seek will want to pay £80 to upgrade to it.

  5. Damien O'Brien February 6, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    I’ll use it ONLY if there is a tick box to allow normal desktop as a permanent for my programming.

    Design will work really well in Tablets i would assume.

  6. Timiteh February 7, 2012 at 3:12 am #

    Well, from what i see the Beta sure has a way more polished U.I than the WDP. If there are as many improvements from the Beta to the RTM, then i think that i could end loving this O.S even more than Windows 7. I just wish that Microsoft produced a dedicated Windows 8 Desktop edition for laptops and desktop with big screen, with an optimized U.I for such devices. For exemple the Start Screen could open as a Window and Metro apps should be usable as big widget over the desktop instead of full screen apps. The fact tablets are not really replacing the laptops/desktops should encourage Microsoft to rethink a bit is too great focus on the Tablet form factor for Windows U.I. The current U.I is perfect for Tablet and convertibles. However Microsoft must provide a different U.I with a focus on big screen for laptops and desktop.

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