What’s new in Windows 8 build 8220 ‘Consumer Preview’

Windows 8 Consumer Preview - Start Screen

As we all know by now Microsoft has renamed Windows 8 Beta to Windows 8 Consumer Preview for the next public release of the operating system that it is also set to be released late February, and with the new name you can also expect a lot more changes.

One of the most remarkable changes that you’ll find is the Microsoft’s decision to remove the Start button that was introduced about 15 years ago with Windows 95 — check out the previous article about this new change  –, but do not panic, you’ll still have access to the Start Screen and other settings by moving the mouse over the bottom-left corner in the Super Bar. But there are also many other significant changes, take a look a the list below to see what is coming in the next Windows 8 milestone.

Some of the changes in Windows 8 build 8220 includes:

  • Removal of the Start button
  • New Ribbon organization
  • New release name “Windows 8 Consumer Preview”
  • Removal of the Microsoft Confidential watermark, neither on the desktop or in the WinVer
  • Bug fixes for the tons
  • New ImmersiveUI icon set
  • New background set for the Start Screen
  • New App menu template
  • New shortcuts for the Charm Bar
  • No more security hash
  • New organization for splitted touch keyboard

Get a glimpse with these Windows 8 image tour

Windows 8 Start Screen:

Start Screen - Windows 8 Build 8220

WinVer, Properties and personalization menu (notice the new icon set):

WinVer and Color icon - Windows 8 Build 8220

Side by side PC Settings and Desktop:

Side by side IE - Windows 8 Build 8220

Charm bar (translucent at mouse touch at one of the right corners of the screen and becomes dark at mouse glace on the icons):

Charm Bar transparent - Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Charm Bar - Windows 8 Consumer Preview

According to WinUnleaked Windows 8  Consumer Preview is pretty stable, runs a lot faster that Windows 7 SP1, and all major bugs has been fixed. Users will find that the new version release is a lot different from the Windows 8 Developer Preview, with improvements in the users interface, more features and great advance in stability.

Source WinUnleaked

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me. Email him at [email protected].