The Internet is currently buzzing with stories about a number of leaks regarding Microsoft’s thought-to-be-forthcoming operating system, Windows 8.
The most concerning of these for Microsoft is likely to be the leak of the Milestone 1 build of the OS to the BetaArchive FTP site, reported over on ITProPortal
The download was initially only available to private members of the FTP site, but quickly appeared on Torrent sites, opening it up to the wider public. The build is said to be fairly old, however, being compiled on 22 September 2010.
Windows 8 is now rumoured
to be past the Milestone 2 point and nearing Milestone 3 already, so Microsoft may well have made some big changes to the OS in the meantime.
However, this leak has led to a spate of screenshots hitting the Web, which indicate Microsoft's current direction with Windows 8. One of the most interesting features of the OS seen in the screenshots is the addition of the Ribbon interface
, made popular in Microsoft's Office Suite, to the Windows file browser.
Meanwhile, other screenshots show the new Windows App Store
, which looks set to be a part of Windows 8. The most amusing snaps, though, are the two screenies that appear to have been grabbed by a Microsoft employee, which have the message: ‘shhh…let’s not leak our hard work’
written on the desktop wallpaper. Bad luck, Microsoft.
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