Windows 8 Retail Packaging Revealed; RTM Editions Said to be Blocking Ability to Boot Straight to Desktop; Windows 8 Secrets: RTM Setup Animations; Building Windows Runtime Components; Visual Studio 2012 RTM Leaked

For past few days, editions of the Windows 8 RTM has leaked on to the internet. Today, a screenshot revealing the retail box packaging of Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro.When Windows 8 launches on October 26, Microsoft will made avaiable only these two boxed versions of Windows 8 in retail stores. The packaging comes […]

For past few days, editions of the Windows 8 RTM has leaked on to the internet. Today, a screenshot revealing the retail box packaging of Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro.

When Windows 8 launches on October 26, Microsoft will made avaiable only these two boxed versions of Windows 8 in retail stores. The packaging comes in two flavors -- a white box for Windows 8 and a darker box for Windows 8 Pro.

Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro Retail Packaging Screenshot

While on Windows 8, over the past week, many editions of the Windows 8 RTM leaked onto the web, introducing the "many previously unfinished or disabled features on the Release Preview" to use. For example, some Xbox LIVE enabled games on the Windows Store now allow you to unlock achievements.

"Currently, only some games are allowing achievements to be unlocked, others still are showing an error when trying to sign into live."

Also, the leaked builds are providing more clues as to what kinds of user behaviors "will and won't be permitted."

According to ZDNet report, the RTM flavour of Windows 8 blocking users from setting up their Windows 8 machines to boot straight to the Desktop, circumventing the tiled Start screen, formerly known as the Metro screen.

"In the pre-release flavors of the operating system, including Windows 8 Release Preview, users had the possibility to create a shortcut that would switch to the Desktop immediately. Moreover, they had the possibility to set the shortcut to be automatically activated after logging into Windows, which would circumvent the tiled Start screen."

Rafael Rivera, said he has verified that users cannot boot straight to the Desktop in Windows 8.

A Microsoft spokesperson said the company declined to comment.

In other Windows 8 news, Microsoft walksthrough the process of how to build your own Windows Runtime components. With the Windows Runtime, "you can even easily use multiple languages within a single app," Microsoft stated.

"You can now mix programming languages and API technologies to build the apps you envision. You can build a great Metro style app with HTML and JavaScript that can interact with the Xbox 360 controller through building your own Windows Runtime component in C++. You can build reusable XAML controls exposed via Windows Runtime components that are instantly consumable by Metro style apps written in both C++ and C#," wrote Ines Khelifi, Program Manager, Windows References,

Essentially, for Windows 8, Microsoft completely reimagined the platform, allowing you to choose the programming language and technologies you already know to build apps tailored to the device and form factor.

Here are additional resources to help you dive into this further for your app development -- also check the post:

Link

Types

Creating Windows Runtime Components

Doc

Creating Windows Runtime Components in C++

Doc

Creating Windows Runtime Components in C# and Visual Basic

Doc

XAudio2 audio file playback sample

Sample

XInput and JavaScript controller sketch sample

Sample

Developing Bing Maps Trip Optimizer, a Metro style app in JavaScript and C++

Conceptual documentation

Watch the video embedded below demonstrating the RTM Setup Animations:

Finally, the week started with yet another RTM leak -- this time bringing the Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate English onto the internet.

The leaked Visual Studio 2012 RTM file name is en_visual_studio_ultimate_2012_RTM_x86_dvd.rar and claims to be original and untouched English ISO -- with "No keys needed."

Visual Studio 2012 will hit RTM in August with general availability in September.

After installing the final Visual Studio 2012 bits, if you click open File -> New Project. This is what you get inside:

Windows Store inside Visual Studio 2012

Here are the ISO details

MICROSOFT.VISUAL.STUDIO.ULTIMATE.2012.RTM.ENGLISH-WZT
Visual Studio 2012 RTM Ultimate x86

English

FILE: en_visual_studio_ultimate_2012_RTM_x86_dvd.rar
SIZE: 1,518,059,675 byte
SHA-1: C6894B281E446781DF111F99E9438114A495AB9C
MD5: 7298F77D26FB69DD32D64D5A7C9E3A47
CRC: 5FAD787B

Visual Studio 2012 RTM Leaks

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