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Dec 6, 2011

Windows 8 Build 8165 Images Leak, Resizable Tiles Mentioned

Following the emergence of a series of images with Windows 8 Build 8158 only yesterday, some screenshots of Windows 8 Build 8165 are also available, showing a bit more progress in the development of the platform. 

Available courtesy of Winunleaked, the new images are accompanied by a series of details on some of the customization options that Microsoft plans for the Windows 8 Start Screen.

Apparently, the company plans on offering users the possibility to resize the Windows 8 tiles, and this would be possible in this new winmain build that was compiled at the beginning of December.

Moreover, the news site claims that Microsoft has performed a series of improvements to the manner in which the mouse control works in Windows 8.

Mouse gestures work nicely in the new platform release, and Microsoft also offers users the possibility to resize tiles on the Start Screen (using fingers on touchscreens, but the option should be available for those using a mouse as well).

These features, along with others more, should be available in the beta release of Windows 8, which might be pushed to the public sometime in the first quarter of the next year.

Windows 8 beta should arrive with a series of other visual changes when compared to the currently available Developer Preview, as well as with various changes under the hood.

The aforementioned Windows 8 Build 8158 screenshots showed a slightly modified Charms Bar and re-located date and time, as well as working App Store.

Windows 8 was also suggested to come with a Storage Spaces option, meant to ensure increased reliability when it comes to stored data, as well as to lose the popular Control Panel in favor of PC Settings, as can be seen in the image above too.

Additional details on the storefront should be unveiled as soon as today, but info on other changes that the platform will sport from the Developer Preview will be available only next year, most probably at CES in January.


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