The orange dots are placeholders, obviously. New icons will replace them after a complete UI make-over. Microsoft is in the process of replacing the menus and toolbar with the Ribbon UI as they’ve done so in Office. This will help accessing items rather quickly but at the risk of Explorer look a bit more cluttered. In the 2nd screenshot, do notice the ‘Dynamic Ribbon’ that pops up when files are selected or Libraries are viewed. The Ribbon UI will be customizable and can be hidden.
Recent builds also include a brand new Task Manager. It looks like it’s going to have a lot more features, which forever was a need. The Modern Windows Task Manager will provide even more information on currently running applications, services, processes and resources than it currently does. The UI uses different colors and decent-looking graphs to indicate CPU consumption, memory usage, etc. Even more so, the new process list (2nd screenshot) will be touch-friendly, strongly indicating that many other features in Windows 8 will be touch friendly as well. These images were leaked by Mydigitallife forum users.
Automatic AERO colorization:
Wouldn’t it be nice if Windows could automatically change a window’s aero-border color to match your wallpaper? Well, this is the new customization feature that Microsoft is planning to implement in Windows 8. In the recent builds, the automatic color selection has been added in the Window Color and Appearance section.
This nifty control automatically identifies the dominating color in the wallpaper and sets the Aero border accordingly. Rafael Rivera demonstrated this feature.
Apple users will probably call this a blatant copy of ‘Time Machine’ but I don’t think Microsoft cares about that. It follows the tradition of coming late to the party and winning it. Reports are coming in that Microsoft is developing an advanced back up utility called ‘History Vault’. This utility will help users backup important data automatically and restore individual files to a specific time.
History Vault will reportedly use Windows’ Shadow Copies function. In short, the History Vault will be a super-set of Back Up utility, System Restore and Shadow Copy along with some enhancements and better GUI.
Needless to say that the user interfaces will improve over time and will be different from those shown in the screenshots above.