backtop


Print 91 comment(s) - last by YashBudini.. on Jul 5 at 9:37 PM


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.



Comments     Threshold


This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

Boot up Speeds & Facial Log-in
By Belard on 6/28/2010 10:06:37 PM , Rating: 2
Lenovo had included FACIAL-LOG-IN with their consumer IdeaPads that came with Vista. Odd they didn't for their ThinkPads, but most ThinkPads were XP systems anyway. It works very good.

Bootup can always use improvements.

A typical Win7 Pro/Ultimate (with avg user installed software) is about 45 seconds with HD and 20~25 secs with SSD.

There is still bloat in Win7, but better than vista. So if MS adds features, they NEED to find ways to remove crap or useless stuff as well as learning to make leaner code.

Also, by 2012... SSDs will be even cheaper... 256GB SSDs maybe down to $200 or less, so that alone would make PCs faster. Hybrid setups are also being used.




"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007














botimage
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki