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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 hughlle on 6/28/2010 4:58:22 PM , Rating: 1
don't ask me how, it pisses me off. if i set my computer to sleep, and try and bring it back, it enters a continuous hard restar cycle, fast enough that the power button can't turn the thing off. the only solution is to turn off the PSU for 10 seconds or so. upon resuming from NO POWER it will come back to it's previous state (using win 7). not sure if it's normal etc, but it happens, and pisses me off.

that aside, Microsoft are being greedy, and unless the new OS's come at minimal pricing, they will greatly hamper their sale over a lack of willingness to upgrade as you know there'll be a new one coming out fairly soon. they need to slow things down and improve what they have. i wouldn't buy win 7 now that i know there is a new on in the works for less than a year later. it also means that people who are not like us, who take time to learn a system before they are comfortable copying and pasting etc, will find that everything they have learnt has been flipped upside down. (from doing things for my parents, i know that they have massive difficulty in moving from one OS to another)

RE: Instantly?
By hemmy on 6/28/2010 5:28:09 PM , Rating: 2
XP -> Vista is abnormal for Microsoft, look at every other release interval, this is how they always do it.

RE: Instantly?
By hughlle on 6/28/2010 7:33:54 PM , Rating: 1
xp-> vista was abnormal because XP was good. now it seems like they are just releasing it one after another, almost like linux distro's.

i do not have to detail microsofts reputation and history. just because they are big and powerful doesn't mean they should release a product every few years. xp was great, it felt like an investment. i truly feel sorry for the companies that bought into vista, paying tooth and nail. just reminds me of iphones, thinking that your clientbase is so firm that they'll buy into anything. there's a good reason i didn't pay for vista..

RE: Instantly?
By AlexWade on 6/28/2010 9:45:51 PM , Rating: 2
This may or may not help you. Windows 7 has a bug in which large hard drives affect the sleep state. I was having a problem with the sleep mode in Windows 7, but I downloaded a hotfix to fix the problem.

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