Earlier today, two new screenshots were leaked to the internet showcasing Windows 8 Build 7989. We saw a new wallpaper and a new boot-up screen that indicated a leak of build 7989 was eminent. The wait is finally over as Build 7989 has leaked to the internet.
The build string is: 7989.0.amd64fre.winmain.110421-1825 and is a Milestone 3 build. This build was compiled on April 21st. You can find it on the usual torrent sites and various other FTP file sharing sites.
It has been pretty quiet on the Windows 8 leak front since the last leak of build 7959 over a month ago. In this new build, we get to see a new wallpaper. We also get to see the return of the "Betta fish." For those wondering what the heck that is, the company introduced the fish in Windows 7 beta. The fish is a placeholder mascot for Microsoft's beta phase so it is no surprise that Microsoft is using it in Windows 8, as beta 1 approaches. We expect to see the first beta during this years BUILD developers conference in September, or hopefully sooner.
It is unclear whether or not the new Start Screen is available in this build or any of the cool new features we learned about over the past month since the last leak, as we expect those who get their hands on this build to play around and discover the operating system's hidden features.
As we have seen from multiple screenshots and the Windows 8 introduction at the Computex and D9 conferences, the Windows 8 user interface is heavily influenced by Windows Phone 7's Metro UI. In fact, we are also expecting to see Xbox Live integration in Windows 8.
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