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

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



1. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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

2. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 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!

3. rsiders

Posts: 2038; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Heck yeah!

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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 :)

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?

6. jtech

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

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

7. chapizzo

Posts: 116; Member since: Sep 13, 2011

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

8. nickjjay

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 10, 2011

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

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