Windows 9 Technical Preview Screenshots Leak: An Analysis (Part 2)

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Two German technology blogs have leaked screenshots of the upcoming Windows 9 Technical Preview, which is billed as build 9834. Here's a further analysis of the shots and what they reveal about the next Windows.

As noted previously, and originally leaked the shots, apparently in concert. Here are the second 10 of 20 shots, with commentary. Check out Windows 9 Technical Preview Screenshots Leak: An Analysis (Part 1) if you haven't already.

Taskbar and Start Menu Properties and a taskbar button jump menu. The navigation tab of the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window depicted here is identical to Windows 8.1. But the styling on the taskbar jump menu is new (though its content, in this case, is not).

Internet Explorer ... 11? Were you expecting IE 12? I was.

Start menu. This second peek at the Start menu shows a right-click content menu, similar to what was available in the Windows 7 Start menu (and on the Windows 8.1 with Update 1 Start screen).

Microsoft Feedback. After years of neglect in Windows 7 and Windows 8, Microsoft is once again interested in your opinion. More to the point, this window refernces the "Windows Insider Preview Program," which must be the real name of the public preview program.

Device properties. It's not super clear what we're looking at here, but it appears to be a very early version of a device properties in PC Settings. I would guess that this is sort of a replacement for similar control's in today's Sound control panel.

Command prompt. Nothing new to the window itself beyond the new styling. But the version number of the OS is reported here as 6.4.9834. (Windows 8.1 is 6.3.9600.)

About box. Here, we see the version number again with a more complex build string (also on the desktop).

Virtual desktops. Here's a second look at that desktop workspaces UI, this time with actual windows in each workspace.

Setup properties. Yet another look at the version number. We get it, guys. It's newer.

Windows Features. Nothing all that new except for the highlighted item, EdgeCP Model for Config 1.5. Just guess, but since CP clearly stands for Control Panel, I suspect this is related to that new Charms replacement, where "edge" means "edge of screen/edge interface," which is what the Charms were.