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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 Luticus on 6/28/2010 4:23:20 PM , Rating: 3
If it boots in stages loading only the most important features required for security, login, and drawing the operating system environment that way it could "half boot" and let the user have at the environment while it finishes up in the back ground.

It wouldn't be "instant on" but it could be close in theory. Granted if a method like this were used then technically it wouldn't be completely booted instantly but it would appear to be on and ready to use to the user rather quickly.

Though this is obviously speculation and i have no real idea how well this could be tweaked into working.

Also i think a solid state HDD and really fast RAM would help with booting quickly, especially if they improve POST times because that's where a huge hit to boot times happens.

RE: Instantly?
By B3an on 7/3/2010 11:29:19 PM , Rating: 2
I can see under 20 seconds being possible.

Win7 on my RAID0 SSD's loads in under 15 seconds. The POST is what takes the longest. So if MS work with manufacturers to get POST times down i can see it being close enough to nearly instant, especially on the even faster SSD's that will be available by then.

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