So this falls under the “alleged” category. This weekend, screen shots from an “alleged” copy of Windows 8 pre-beta leaked all over the interwebs.
The pictures come from the website winunleaked and they appear to show advanced customization features. It appears that Microsoft will allow users to pick a custom background color for the Start Screen.
There is also a color slider (see below) that provides a number of different color for the Start Screen.
They are also asserting that you can use a registry change to change the color.
« ColorSet »=dword:00000000
Change value to 1, 2, 3 … to use another color set.
The other leaked screenshot shows Start Page application summary view.
windows 8 summary view
This view allows Windows 8 users to group applications and live tiles into groups.
The image shows IM, Office and Multimedia groups for applications. This is similar to the IOS folder model a little bit.
These changes aren’t confirmed but stay tuned for more Windows 8 news and updates.