It was only yesterday that we caught our first glimpse of Windows 8 build 7989 but now the full build has been leaked. The leak has been posted to BetaArchive's semi-private FTP site and is also available on other sites around the Internet. This latest build weighs in at 3.54GB and is from the M3 development stage.
This is the fourth Windows 8 build leak, 7850, 7955, 7959, and now 7989. If rumors are true, two employees were terminated over the previous leaks.
Microsoft has recently shown off Windows 8 with the new tablet UI. This new interface will help keep Microsoft relevant in the tablet market as well as unify all of their key products with a similar UI.
Windows 8 is far off from public availability and it is rumored that a public beta may be announced at PDC later this year. It is expected that Microsoft will launch Windows 8 in late 2012 with the latest rumors suggesting that retail availability will happen in early 2013.
[I]Thanks for the image Tom
Windows enthusiast Thomas Hounsell posted on his Twitter account details about the new build’s hidden features, such as SMS. Sending a SMS from a PC is an unfamiliar idea, but there’s no reason that 3G (or even 4G) capable tablets shouldn’t be able to send SMS or even make calls.
Next is the App Store. We’ve known about this for a while, but now we have some more evidence in build 7989. More interestingly, Hounsell has also discovered within the App Store the ability to purchase and unlock features within the system as the user goes along. It’s not certain what Microsoft plans to do with this, but some guesses have been made, such as the death of Windows editions: all users would start with a standard, basic edition of Windows and buy features as desired. It’s certainly a novel idea.