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
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
quote: I remember a few years ago, Gigabyte released something they called i-RAM. 4 dram slots with a battery backup that, to your computer, looked like a harddrive. Small capacity, and extremely expensive, but they claimed less than 4 second boot times.
quote: At the very best, you're simply finding some kind of grey area for defining what "nearly instant" is.
quote: Any kind of sleep state isn't "off." Still consuming power, and still maintaining system state. I'm talking about a cold boot from power off.
quote: How are they going to boot "nearly instantly?" I call shenanigans.