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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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Windows 8 - really?
By sage1 on 6/28/2010 6:51:15 PM , Rating: 2
I can understand Microsoft's need to make money, but is yet another new operating system really needed by anyone?

RE: Windows 8 - really?
By drothgery on 6/28/2010 7:13:07 PM , Rating: 2
Given the 2-3 years per OS release that Microsoft normally follows (XP->Vista notwithstanding), early vague leaks about Win8 should probably start turning up about now.

And I imagine at this point Microsoft is pretty committed to going no more than 3 years between client OS releases, needed or not, if only to prevent the 'XP will last forever' mindset from being relaunched with Win7.

RE: Windows 8 - really?
By afkrotch on 6/28/2010 7:43:37 PM , Rating: 2
Not really, but sometimes you will fall to a point where you simply can't add certain features into the OS. Where a new OS needs built.

It's also a good way to get some users to actually update their systems. I know a lot of ppl that never update their systems. The only time they get security fixes, is when they buy a brand new computer and it's on a more secure OS or the OS has service packs on them.

RE: Windows 8 - really?
By Lazarus Dark on 6/28/2010 7:58:18 PM , Rating: 2
I can understand it if there are significant new functionality they will employ. You wouldn't expect them to give significant upgrades for free? Stability and security updates should be free of course. Some minimal new functionality upgrades should be made free though, like USB 3.0 and blutooth 3.0, personally, I think such functionality should be added via updates, not witheld for new os's.

Personally, I would REALLY like to see native Bluray support, even BDXL support, perhaps with native read and write abilities. Would make backups and copys for the road quite easy. And I'd certainly be willing to pay for such.

RE: Windows 8 - really?
By dusteater on 6/28/2010 11:03:40 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think you have to worry about some features being held back. I believe Win 7 SP1 will introduce official USB 3.0 support.

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