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Microsoft is reportedly hard at work on Windows 8.  (Source: Oxenti)
OEMs given an early update on Windows 7's successor

Not wanting to rest on the laurels of Windows 7, the best-selling operating system in its storied history, Microsoft is racing to develop its successor, code-named Windows 8.  That upcoming product is rumored to be slotted for a late 2011 launch.

A Microsoft enthusiast blog called 
Microsoft Journal has posted some leaked pieces of information from a presentation Microsoft gave OEMs about the upcoming OS.  The site, run by Francisco Martin, quotes Microsoft as writing, "Windows 8 PC's turn on fast, nearly instantly in some cases, and are ready to work without any long or unexpected delays. When customers want to check e-mail, sports scores, or play media they love to reach for their PCs because they can get to what they want quickly."

Along the lines of improving startup times, Microsoft wrote that it wants to work with OEMs to focus on improving POST performance, S3 resume performance, and general performance optimizations for each of the Off states.  All of these improvements would ultimately yield a system that is ready for action faster.

The blog also cites Bluetooth 3.0 and USB 3.0 as critical tools in Windows 8's drive for fast computing.

The OS reportedly will also integrate hardware sensor-driven improvements found in smart phones into desktops and laptops.  The leaked text states, "Windows 8 can adapt to changes in ambient light, so that the display is always easy to see."

It also talks about facial recognition-based login technology, stating, "Camera integration will likely be ubiquitous in 2010: Windows 8 could detect my presence and log me automatically."

The post also mentions potential 3D-TV/graphics improvements, including a 3D-display-ready version of DirectX.  Hard drive encryption performance improvements also appear to be on the agenda.



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Facial login eh?
By vapore0n on 6/28/2010 3:07:05 PM , Rating: 5
Cant wait to do that to my computer

BAM! Now log me in.




RE: Facial login eh?
By Motoman on 6/28/2010 3:08:32 PM , Rating: 2
I am not that enthusiastic about that.

Seems way to iffy to me. Gain weight, lose weight, grow a beard, shave your beard, wearing your glasses, not wearing your glasses...

Meh. Sounds like a gimmick to me.


RE: Facial login eh?
By amanojaku on 6/28/2010 3:41:43 PM , Rating: 5
I'm looking forward to the new error messages:

"You're too sh1tfaced to be trusted online."

"Are you sure you should be snooping on your significant other?"

"Fuglies denied by group policy."

"Invalid user or unrecognizable face. Please loose weight and try again."


RE: Facial login eh?
By GuinnessKMF on 6/28/2010 6:15:24 PM , Rating: 3
1. "Hey boss, smile, I'm taking a picture for a company newsletter."
2. Print out the picture, hold it up infront of the cam, log into his machine, change payroll
3. Profit.


RE: Facial login eh?
By albundy2 on 6/28/2010 7:58:06 PM , Rating: 2
WIN!


RE: Facial login eh?
By Motoman on 6/28/2010 9:08:15 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure that's in the Rules of Acquisition somewhere...


RE: Facial login eh?
By GFunkus on 6/28/2010 3:56:10 PM , Rating: 5
Am I really the only one getting this?

He's talking about creaming on the PC as a login.

"Facial" login. Get it?

BAM!


RE: Facial login eh?
By uallas5 on 6/28/2010 3:27:05 PM , Rating: 3
I turned off the facial recog login on my Alienware...it only worked 1/2 the time so it's easier and faster to just type my password. I'd much rather have the fingerprint login of my old Thinkpad, that worked 1st swipe 95% of the time.


RE: Facial login eh?
By afkrotch on 6/28/2010 7:34:34 PM , Rating: 2
Sounds insecure. What happens if I'm across the street and I take a picture of your face. I wait for you to leave your house, lockpick your door, then put that picture in front of the camera. Is that enough to logon your computer?


RE: Facial login eh?
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 6/28/2010 8:34:04 PM , Rating: 2
No, a 2D picture won't work in any case I've seen recently. I know it was an issue with earlier facial logins but that has largely been remedied. My current one on my alienware laptop works quite well and has memorized my face shaved, unshaved, and in various lighting configurations. Logs me in instantly 99% of the time now.


RE: Facial login eh?
By Orpheus333 on 6/29/2010 1:23:30 AM , Rating: 2
Just messing around with facial recognition on my Eee... I was still able to log in with a closer up picture of myself displayed on my droid screen. Needless to say, I wont be using this for purposes other than the "cool" factor to nerd out to my friends.


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