Leaked: Windows 8's logon screen

By on April 2, 2011, 3:04 PM
There have been rumors for quite a while that Windows 8 will have a second, tile-based shell for tablets. More recently, Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott have revealed the logon screen for this shell, over at Within Windows.

They posted it on April 1, 2011. Given their history and level of credibility, however, I'm inclined to believe it when they say that it is not an April Fools' day prank, especially given that Microsoft has started pushing Windows 8 builds on Microsoft Connect.

The screenshot clearly shows a Metro-inspired logon screen. For those not in the loop, Metro refers to the design style used on Zune and Windows Phone. The screen shows the time, day of the week, the date, icons for power management, and an ease of access icon. The logon screen will be of course at least partially configurable, including being able to change the background image (this is probably pulled from the current Windows theme).

Microsoft will reportedly build on this logon screen, allowing for a "pattern unlock" for tablet users (you've probably seen this on Android devices), as well as audio controls for music so you can easily control music playback even while your tablet device is locked.

We'll be sure to keep an eye on what else Rivera and Thurrott reveal in the coming months. The Windows 8 leaks are coming, we promise.

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Win7Dev said:

That's not really a surprise that you will be able to change the background image or that it is Metro-based. That seems to be a common theme with things from MS at the moment. I wonder what the image is when there are multiple user accounts. Especially if there are multiple admins.

Xclusiveitalian Xclusiveitalian said:

I always kinda liked the abstract themes more

Guest said:

nice joke for the 1st April :)

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

U haz photoshop skilzzz...

doradhorror said:

I'm looking foward to a metro theme to replace the hideous Windows Classic yet retain the performance of it.

LinkedKube LinkedKube, TechSpot Project Baby, said:

OOh can daddy has one!

Guest said:

This is horrible, worst theme ever saw. Hope thats only a joke xD

captainawesome captainawesome said:

im looking forward to NEVER seeing that guy again. wtf. that dood looks like a failed Van Gogh imitation. Angryness....

Lokalaskurar Lokalaskurar said:

captainawesome said:

im looking forward to NEVER seeing that guy again.

If not this guy... well... how about Clippit?

... ?

Thought so.

Guest said:

Looks like Windows Phone?

It *is* Windows Phone. Well, in that Windows Phone 7 will be replaced and superseded by Windows 8. Ballmer claims Windows 8 will run on tablets and phones.

It sounds good at first, but it is a strategy that won't work.

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

He looks like one of the characters out of James and the giant peach movie.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Aesthetics aside, kinda stupid to have white text on a pale blue/white background.

Guest said:

rofl ctrl-alt-del xD wondow what the tskmgr keys are then?

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