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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 JonnyDough on 6/29/2010 6:15:49 AM , Rating: 2
It's more likely to track user habits even better (including things like the time of day that that User #X gets on and checks their email), and to not load certain programs into memory until just before they are going to be used. Along with SSD's and incorporating the hardware better/working more closely with motherboard vendors to finally get replace BIOS...I'd say its a ruse as well. While it may appear to boot faster, the code itself is not necessarily any faster and I would say that it will rely more heavily on hardware technological advances. You can't take an operating system and have it secure and stable by magically "trimming the fat". If Windows XP could have been faster, they would have made it faster. Fact is the code in place was in place for a reason, and your system had to read through it. Sure, they may be able to streamline the code a little...but if you see any huge gains I highly doubt it would be to magically reworking an old formula. Computer hardware is changing, and with it the software changes. I do hope though that they've found a way to return system resources to the system when they are no longer being used or when/if there is some sort of program error.

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