Windows 8 Beta Screenshots Leak Shows New Touch Keyboard, Installation, and AeroLite Theme

New Windows 8 screenshots leaked on the web shows changes brought to the platform s UI. Microsoft might soon sign off the first beta build of Windows 8 as early as this month, claimed Winunleaked.tk, who shared the screens.Microsoft is hard at work on Windows 8, with a beta expected in February, the company is […]

New Windows 8 screenshots leaked on the web shows changes brought to the platform s UI. Microsoft might soon sign off the first beta build of Windows 8 as early as this month, claimed Winunleaked.tk, who shared the screens.

Microsoft is hard at work on Windows 8, with a beta expected in February, the company is beginning to load its app store with apps and is almost ready to sign-off the beta of Windows 8.

Windows 8 Beta will contain the publicly released version of Windows Store, Windows Media Center, Windows To Go, Internet Explorer 10, and .NET 3.5.

New InstallPrep:

Windows 8 Installation Preparation

New themes (AeroLite come with Metro buttons + new caption buttons):

Windows 8 AeroLite theme

Start page (New background + some apps from Windows Store like Reader, Music, Video, Photos, …)

Windows 8 Start Page

Winunleaked.tk, also shared Windows 8 images showing a new feature for the touch keyboard, that allows you to resize the keyboard within split more.

The following images show you the new function, unlike the current Windows Developer Preview which does not include this useful function:

Windows 8 Touch screen keyboard

Windows 8 Touchscreen Keyboard 'small,medium,big'

Windows 8 Touchscreen Keyboard Unlock

Also, new images of Windows 8 emerged showing off the setup, such as the product key entry, personalization settings, built in keyboard, and theme color picker.

The following images, which comes from Win8China, show the Windows 8 version of its boot-able installation process and how it has changed.

Windows 8 Beta Installation

Windows 8 Beta installation : pic 2

When installing Windows 8, you now have the touchscreen keyboard:

Windows 8 Beta setup with touch keyboard

Installations types are now clearly defined, asking you if you want to "Keep Windows settings, personal files, and apps" or "Keep nothing" compared to Windows 7's "Upgrade" and "Custom." After the installation is complete, out of 9 colors, you can choose your start screen background. When you are done you just type in your account information (username, password, etc.) and then you are on your way.

Windows 8 Beta Installation Types

Windows 8 Beta Signing-in