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We saw a screen shot for the control panel entry for Windows 8 Roaming Profiles, and today we a set-up screen where the feature is explained to first time users. According to the screen the Single Online ID allows users to have their personalized Windows Settings, Personalized experiences for your programs, sign-on settings for websites and apps and have easy online password recovery. From the Control panel screen we know the service will allow users to  take your desktop wallpaper, accessibility and language settings, application settings and search settings and also taskbar, explorer and mouse settings to any new computer. Users will also be able to take their saved WIFI and website credentials with them, meaning your saved passwords will travel with you from computer to computer. Source: Windows8beta.com via Compixels.com ...

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The Windows 8 roaming account options have been revealed, and it seems if you link your Windows account to your Windows Live account you can look forward to taking your desktop wallpaper, accessibility and language settings, application settings and search settings and also taskbar, explorer and mouse settings to any new computer. Users will also be able to take their saved WIFI and website credentials with them, meaning your saved passwords will travel with you from computer to computer. Combined with Office 365 and its cloud storage, it means for many scenarios users will be able to go from computer to computer with each one being near identical to the last. The settings will also be sensitive to network speed and cost, which is pretty considerate. Read more istartedsomething.com. ...

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We have seen hints of Metro around Windows 8, most strongly in the start-up screen and the set up pages, but this above video of the Windows 8 Settings page is the fullest implementation so far. It does still however fall short in providing the full multi-panel look, but hopefully this is just an early stage of the development of the OS. via Compixels.com ...

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Winfuture.de have published some videos showing the recently leaked Windows 8 build 7955 in action. The above video shows some features around the login and avatar system,  and the picture shows the pattern login system which will be available, while the video below shows the Out Of Box user experience new installations of the operating system. Via Compixels.com ...

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It turns out the Windows 8 App store, of which several screen shots has been leaked, is not a native Windows 8 application. The software store is in fact real, but is really by Appmarts, which provide an interface to find and download applications. Long Zheng from istartedsomething.com notes that the “Windows Store” (the real name of the app store) is currently locked down to internal Microsoft servers and domain users, and wont be showing up in leaks any time soon. The revelation comes as something of a relief – the design of the store interface is clearly more Windows 7 than Windows 8, something which has been grating our readers since the first screen shots showed up some weeks ago. ...

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Some new screen shots of the M3 build of Windows 8 has popped up at Windows8beta, and it shows a lot more of the Metro in the installation screen than previously, including the flat buttons and typographical elements. See more screen shots at www.chris123nt.com, and also see the new high contrast theme at Windows8beta here. ...

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There has been some question whether the earlier leaked images of the Windows 8 app store were real, with many believing  they were mock-ups. Now new screen shots have emerged (via Compixels.com) of the same app store, still sporting its pretty Metro-less look, hacked out of Windows 8 M3 build 7955. As later builds emerge we will hopefully see this become more refined, and of course it will only be a question of time before Microsoft will need to start asking ISV’s to submit apps to their store, which is now near 100% confirmed. See more screen shots at  Compixels.com. Update: As mentioned by many commenters, it turns out the app store is not from Microsoft and not native after all. Read more here. ...

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Windows8Italia, who has been at the forefront of hacking Windows 8, has released a tool which makes it not only easy to activate and hack Windows 8, but also to acquire one of the leaked builds. The tool, which also sticks to Metro design principles, is called BluePoison, can be found at Windows8Italia.com here. ...

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Windows 8 comes with new Metro-inspired webcam software, but so far it has not been possible to enable it. It seems however some-one has managed to, as this video of the software in action has popped on YouTube. The video by Planindickhead appears to be from the same source as the one showing the one showing the logon transitions and new pattern password. BlogsDNA speculated its from the M3 build, which is in the hands of some but has not yet been widely leaked yet. Read more at BlogsDNA here. Thanks Sandip for the tip. ...

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Winbeta.it have managed to acquire a copy of Windows 8 Build 7955 but are not releasing the software yet. BlogsDNA have published a series of screen shots of the installation in progress, but has so far not revealed anything new in the build. I am sure it will however only be a question of time before the OS is ripped apart and it’s deepest secrets are revealed. See more screen shots at blogsDNA here. ...

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We tend to be a bit obsessed with the tablet aspect of Windows 8, but of course the vast majority of us will use Windows 8 on laptops without touch screens, in which case much of the look and feel has already been revealed. If you like what you have been seeing you can now bring some of that onto your own PC with the Windows 8 Transformation Kit created by HamedDanger on DeviantArt. The pack brings the following enhancements: Taskbar UserTile Aero Lite Windows 8 Aero Theme Aura Beta 2 – automatically adjusts the aero theme colours to your wallpaper The pack can be downloaded here, and of course all hacking is at your own risk. Via BlogsDNA.com ...

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Windows 7 is one of Microsoft’s best received operating systems ever, and to underline this Microsoft has just announced they have sold 350 million licenses for the operating system in 7 months. The OS has also started achieving what so far seemed to be impossible – finally overtake Microsoft’s other very successful operating system Windows XP, with StatCounter confirming, at least in USA, that the installed base for Windows 7 has finally edged past Windows XP. This look set to only snowball from there however, with IDC estimating that more than 90% of businesses are currently in progress with their Windows 7 migrations. Interestingly with Windows 8 expected to arrive in less than one year, it seems we are back onto a more enjoyable bi-yearly upgrade cycle, with good things coming much faster than before. Read more at Microsoft here. ...

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The latest leaked Windows 8 video shows the new Android-like pattern-based login system and also transitions to the desktop, as we posted earlier. The build, rumoured to be build build 7982, also shows the unlocked features, including the ribbon interface in Explorer and the new Advanced Task Manager. As more and more recent builds of Windows 8 makes its way to OEMs we should be much more about the rumoured Immersive Interface leaked also. Via WinRumors.com and compixels.com ...

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There is a new build of Windows 8 out there, possibly build 7982, and according to the good folks at winfuture.de it features one significant and obvious visual difference to the older builds. On logon the OS now features a zooming fade-in transition to the desktop, adding a little pizzazz to launching the OS. Also on Winfuture, for those who actually has a leaked copy of Windows 8, there is now an easy tool to enable hidden features like the webcam, task manager and ribbon interface. See more screenshots on the winfuture.de forums here. ...

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Those Italian hackers over at Windows8italia.com have been stripping their M1 copy of Windows 8 to the bone to dig up clues to Microsoft’s next big OS. Their latest discovery is that the OS has a sensor API for detecting when humans are in front of it, suggesting that at the very least the device will accept camera input, and possible have face recognition like the Kinect has now. A slide deck  leaked earlier has already suggested Windows 8 will have the feature of allowing users to log on and switch user depending on facial recognition.  It appears this may very well be one of those experimental features that wind its way to an actual product. Via Winrumours.com ...

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