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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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RE: Instantly?
By mtcoder on 6/28/2010 3:21:53 PM , Rating: 2
Windows 7 made great leaps with instant on, if they can work to free up some of the POST time, with hardware vendors then yes you can get nearly instant on. Key with windows 7's boot and what they are pushing more in windows 8 is the service start up, most services now wait or dont even start till requested. This helps a bunch, the other part is the core OS which is required to run windows has became super small, and with more modules being put on standby load, you get faster and faster OS loads, then as you need to load other components you see a small decrease in preformance but your typically running 99% free ram / cpu so its fine to consume a bit more.

Right now with window 7 it only takes the OS on my machine about 5 seconds to go from POST to me sitting on desktop. Now count in POST and its around 20 seconds, so if they can focus on making POST to OS faster, then yes near instant will work just fine.

RE: Instantly?
By Motoman on 6/28/2010 3:35:35 PM , Rating: 2
Don't suppose you have any way to demonstrate going from the POST screen to the desktop in 5 seconds, do you?

I have installed Win7 on plenty of high-end PCs...and don't think I'd ever make that claim.

If someone has managed to do such a thing, I don't know, maybe with like RAID 0 SSDs or something, I'd like to see it.

RE: Instantly?
By Entz on 6/28/2010 4:36:22 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah 5s from bootloader to desktop is a bit fast its really not that far off for someone with a SSD and reasonably fast CPU/Low amount of crap installed.

My system for example (Vertex 128gb SSD/Q9550/8gb ram):
- Power button to windows start ~27s
- Windows start to desktop ~12s

So if they can drop the Post by a big enough margin, it will be close enough to instant on.

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