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Microsoft demoes Windows 8 pre-beta at CES: more customization options and new media players in tow

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Microsoft demoes Windows 8 pre-beta at CES: more customization options and new media players in tow
Despite grumbling at CES's scheduling, which apparently doesn't coincide with Microsoft's Cyrcadian rhythms, and announcing its withdrawal from the show for next year, the software giant did, however, demonstrate a pre-beta 8175 build of Windows 8.

The build shows that Microsoft is on track to release the public beta in February, and hinted at new features, like the ability to change the Start menu color scheme and other personalization options, such as a transparent Charms bar.

On the media side of things, the new video and audio players with the Metro interface that will be in the public beta were showcased. The pre-beta build also includs a new gesture to get Metro apps out of the way, as well as enhanced keyboard and mouse controls for the Metro UI.


With the variety of innovative form factors that will fit it, like the Lenovo Yoga ultrabook, whose screen flips back almost 360 degrees, or the Sony Hybrid concept that slides the tablet screen up to reveal a physical keyboard, Windows 8 might give the mobile operating systems a run for their money this year.

source: TheVerge


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posted on 11 Jan 2012, 18:02 2

1. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Can't wait for Windows 8, I'm planning on going all out for a Transformer-esqe convertible or an ultrabook

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 20:29 5

2. Whodaboss (Posts: 176; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


There's no doubt in my mind Windows 8 will be a tremendous winner overtime! I'm ready to purchase a new laptop, tablet, and desktop all running Windows 8. I'm all in! Go MS! Oh yeah, a Windows Phone too!

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 21:04 2

3. rsiders (Posts: 253; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Heck yeah!

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 21:07 3

4. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


as much as im loving on ICS right now, there is a high possibility that my next big toy will be a windows8 tablet. .. once they come down in price. lol :)

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 00:32 1

5. ilia1986 (unregistered)


How about the ability to remove the Windows Phone interface entirely, or leave it as optional - and instead have the old start menu - without hacking or tweaking, eh?

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 00:59

6. jtech (Posts: 101; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


I'll take a tablet, a pc, a laptop all running windows 8 with a side of a windows phone running mango please :)

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 03:06

7. chapizzo (Posts: 116; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)


Looking good, will be more willing to try out windows 8 than windows phone right now.

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 14:17

8. nickjjay (Posts: 79; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)


Dear Microsoft, I NEED windows8 tablet and laptop and phone please.

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