Much is pouring in regarding the next iteration of Windows, which is Windows 8. We’ve already covered a host of other articles about previous leaks and information of Windows. Today’s leak are some screenshots of what allegedly is the Windows App Store in Microsoft Windows 8.
Looking at these screenshots, its evident that the Windows App Store is running in Windows 7, which further solidifies the fact that Microsoft may roll out App Store for Windows versions other than Windows 8. Although it has not been established as of now whether or not these screenshots are legitimate. The Windows App Store screenshots show some of Microsoft’s software as well as some software from Mozilla and Opera. Angry Birds for Windows is also seen.
As evident from the screenshot above, Microsoft has named it App Store, a term that is nevertheless generic, has become the cause of Apple filing a suit against Microsoft for using the same branding. However, if these screenshots are legitimate, Microsoft is indeed going to work very hard to use the term App Store.
Also, Microsoft is working to natively integrate SmartScreen file checking security inside Windows 8. SmartScreen file checking security will be able to protect the system against various types viruses and malware.
Microsoft is also revamping OEM BIOS activation in Windows 8. Basically, the new activation method will allow manufacturers to pre-activate copies of Windows 8 that are going to be used on their machines. OA or OEM BIOS activation was first introduced with Windows XP and version 2.0 was shipped with Windows Vista.
Windows 8 will also have a new Immersive UI and a native PDF reader, which is geared towards small touch-based devices like tablets and phones. Also, an application called Modern Reader in Windows 8 includes its own PDF reader.
According to some previously leaked Windows 8 installation screenshots, it looks like Microsoft may be implementing the Metro UI feel in to Windows 8. The leaked Windows 8 installation screenshot were from build 7955 of Windows 8 and these screenshots clearly show that Microsoft is going to implement Metro UI in Windows 8 as well as the next version of Microsoft Office.\
Microsoft is working on an all new feature for the yet to be released Windows 8, and that is History Vault. History Vault on Windows 8 will let you backup your data automatically via the Shadow Copies feature of Windows, the backup feature will also be able to restore files to a particular date/time on the Windows 8 powered machine will also allowing users to select files and restore them to different timestamps.
More on Windows 8, as it comes in. Stay tuned!