Windows 8 user interface screenshots hinting Metro UI inspiration were leaked. Microsoft had released the Windows 8 Milestone 3 build to limited number of hardware partners. Rafael Rivera, Windows Hacker and Paul Thurrott, Windows IT Pro editor, got their hands on some exclusive images of the Window 8 pre-beta builds and posted an image of Windows 8 Welcome Screen and also the Windows Explorer that sports the Ribbon User Interface used so far in Office products and MS Paint.
The screenshots reveal that Microsoft is testing a ribbon style UI in Windows 8. The ribbon is still obviously in early alpha stages and shows placeholders for the time being.
Microsoft would be adding web-elements at every possible place in the Windows 8 and let users choose an option to sync and store data on Microsoft s cloud servers. It s quite unsure whether all features would be implemented and available to all versions of Windows 8 (read Stock Keeping Units). Just like Windows 7 Starter is like Vanilla version without Windows Aero effect et al, Microsoft might but offering this feature only in certain SKUs like Windows 8 Ultimate or something.