There’s been another leaked build of Windows 8, this time build 7989 and was first reported as being available in the private forums of a beta website with new virtual keyboard, references to SMS support, per-feature licensing, geo-location. New screenshots of Windows 8 build 7989 shows a new background and boot screen along with the return of the Microsoft betta fish and the betta fish was used back in Windows 7 beta as a wallpaper and soon turned into a mascot for Microsoft’s beta stages of Windows 7. The formal announcements about Windows 8 from Microsoft are expected to be made this autumn and Microsoft will unveil all the new features of the OS and also detail the timescale for closed and public beta programmes. The final release of the OS is expected around October 2012…………
Microsoft is currently working on various Windows 8 features and is expected to deliver an early copy to developers at its BUILD developer conference in September and in below you can find the previously unknown features :
New Virtual Keyboard: Windows has had a built-in virtual keyboard for a while, designed for people who might, for whatever reason, be unable to use a physical keyboard. Now, with tablets and touch-screen PCs, that feature has become more important than ever. Windows enthusiast Tom Warren has posted a video showcasing the new virtual keyboard, which ditches the previous Aero look for a new Windows Phone 7 style that’s been popping up all over Windows 8, which you will find on the end of post.
App Store And Per-Feature Licensing: Windows enthusiast Thomas Hounsell has posted on his Twitter account several details about Windows 8′s hidden features. By reverse-engineering certain files, Hounsell uncovered code that pointed to an App Store and more importantly, the ability to unlock certain individual features within the system. While it’s still no indication on what Microsoft plans to do with this, per-feature licensing could do away with Windows editions: instead, all users would start with a single, bare bones edition of Windows and purchase individual features as they saw fit. Microsoft’s server operating systems have allowed this for years, although all upgrades are free of charge. This proven feature has allowed IT managers to easily customize their servers installations to their needs anytime they see fit. Bringing this down to the client level would certainly benefit power users.
SMS and Geo-Location: Mac OS X Snow Leopard included API’s that allowed applications to detect the machine’s location. That’s used by the operating system to detect the user’s time zone, for example. That feature seems to have interested Microsoft, since they seem to be trying to implement it, if code found in the latest leaked build of Windows 8 is to be believed. SMS support is also being implemented, a feature that many wouldn’t associate with Windows devices. This is another piece of evidence that Microsoft is aiming the new system for more than just PCs. There’s no reason why 3G capable tablets or netbooks shouldn’t be able to send SMS, or even make calls. This could be the beginning of that. Both of these features were discovered by Thomas Hounsell as well. You can check out the full code dumps here and here for SMS and Geo-Location respectively.