Next month, Microsoft should give us a taste of the beta release of its latest Windows platform, codenamed Windows 8.
The platform will have a server side too, and Microsoft is making the final changes to differentiate the two. The first Beta builds have been delivered to testers a few weeks ago.
Compared to the Developer Preview that was made available for download back in September, the beta release of Windows Server 8 will not include functions that are meant for the client version.
Thus, Microsoft removed from it features such as Immersive PC Settings, aero cursors, wallpaper pack, Windows To Go and some other functionalities, WinUnleaked
notes in a recent article.
Screenshots, that leaked from the latest internal build of Windows Server 8, are meant to provide a glimpse at some of the changes that were made from the Developer Preview.
In the upcoming Beta release, Windows Server 8 will have a new login screen to offer, as the first screenshot to the left shows.
Furthermore, Microsoft decided to make some changes to the dashboard too. Below, you will find screenshots of both the Developer Preview and of the Beta of Windows Server 8, so that you can get a better idea of what these changes are all about.
One other addition to Windows Server 8 beta is the Storage Space feature, which is compatible with the new Windows File System (ReFS) as well, it seems.
on the matter suggested that Microsoft was set to make a series of visual changes to Windows Server 8 Beta, and that clearer code and a series of new features would also be included into the mix.
Clearly, the platform will see improvements before the beta is made public, and will taste even more enhancements as future milestones approach.
Microsoft is mum on when the beta of Windows Server 8 will be released, though there is a strong possibility that this will happen in late February or early March, soon after the Windows 8 client lands in Beta.