Chinese news site Win7China have leaked some new screenshots of Windows 8 which for the first time displayed new elements and features of the upcoming operating system. WinRumors has independently confirmed that the screenshots are genuine. The shots come from an early Milestone 2 build of Windows 8, tagged 7910.0.winmain_win8m2.110111.
A total of three screenshots have been posted. Two show the taskbar and system tray, the remaining one part of the user profile directory.
The first screenshot shows the Windows 8 system tray area. The core addition is the profile picture next to the system tray. According to the information on the Chinese site, these can be local or Windows Live ID accounts. It basically means that users can make use of their Windows Live ID to log into Windows 8. It is likely that additional features of the integration will be revealed at a later time. One possible scenario is to link backup or cloud based storage with a user’s Live ID.
The user account control shows that it will be possible in Windows 8 to use videos as user profile avatars.
The last screenshot shows the taskbar again, and more precisely that Windows 8 displays driver installation progress on the taskbar’s program icon. Windows 7 currently shows a similar progress bar when copying files in Windows Explorer.