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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 bugnguts on 6/28/2010 4:19:48 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with you this is possible, but about 1/3 of my boot up time is the BIOS start up/check so if they say instantly then I am thinking it might be one of the following: some kind of deeper sleep mode, mother board makers changing how BIOS start up or they are just referring to the OS load time.

Since OS and BIOS are read from different source perhaps with multithreading its possible to prep and run through both, but it seem certain things in the BIOS must be up before anything else is done. Many mother boards allow over-clocking adjustments be made in the OS so this suggest some things can be done during or after OS start up. I'm no experts but that's my two cents.

RE: Instantly?
By Curelom on 6/28/2010 4:40:33 PM , Rating: 2
I bet there would have to be hardware requirements for the nearly instant to work. Maybe they're moving away from BIOS machines. Storing info in flash, etc.

RE: Instantly?
By Pandamonium on 6/29/2010 1:44:05 AM , Rating: 3
Maybe Win 8 will force OEMs to stop using BIOS and finally make the transition to EFI.

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