New Information Leaked On Windows 8

Some confidential Miicrosoft documents have been leaked online which give some clues as to what Windows 8 might include when it is released.

The information appears to have been presented at a Microsoft ‘Ecosystem Forum’ conference back in April.  Details that I have managed to glean about Windows 8 from the documents include:

  • Adding GPS support to Windows 8 netbooks and laptops via the system motherboard or WWAN module
  • Further sensor improvements – HID, accelerometers, proximity sensors (cool – PC wakes up when you walk into the room!) etc
  • Focus on the “big 3s”: Boot Time, Shut Down Time, Batter Life continuing where Windows 7 left off – “Experiences: Time to first email received, Time to home page, Time to calendar or media playback…Windows 8 PCs 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”
  • Faster On from 0 Watts and Instant Sleep resume performance for mobile PCs
  • Better restoration tools and ‘Connected Help and Support” – ‘Windows 8 can be restored to the factory default easily.  when resetting a Windows 8 PC, all of the files, settings and even the applications are restored.  End users have confidence in resetting their PC without having to call support

Thanks to Daniel for the documents.

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14 Responses to New Information Leaked On Windows 8

  1. Mr.com July 16, 2010 at 11:58 am #

    hey ! this is all from the computer specs it has notting to do with the windows !!!

    • JewFro297 July 20, 2010 at 7:42 am #

      What the crap are you talking about??

    • Dougjk_hlst October 8, 2010 at 3:49 pm #

      I hope it has nothing to do with Windows. They can’t be releasing a new version of the os already they JUST came out with Windows 7 a year ago and these posts and rumors i’ve just found out about look like they started less than a year after WIN7 release. I think they should wait another year or 2 to release it if they do release a new version of windows because an OS is too complex to be ready so soon. no earlier than march 2011 should they put out a new windows OS if they do release 1. Bill Gates needs to hold off a bit. Instead make new apps for Windows 7.

      • Milkymonster42 October 23, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

        they have to plan the new operating system and then they have to develop it. It takes years for microsoft to create a new operating system, especially to add new features and get rid of bugs that develop in the process. They can’t wait too long or the operating system will be rushed for release.

  2. Sharmagopi93 July 19, 2010 at 8:18 am #

    what will be the requirement for windows 8 to install

  3. Sunny bajwa August 1, 2010 at 3:31 am #

    Full of crap

  4. Jwarr16 August 7, 2010 at 5:34 pm #

    i they are going to have windows 8 as a chip on the motherboard and not much software so that way people can not download ti from off the internet like windows 7…… just saying..

  5. W0lvesno1 September 6, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    if they put it as a chip on the mother board.wouldnt it be a good idea to have the chip put on an expansion borad or use a slot like a cpu to be sold sepretly so that it cant be downloaded and copied???????????????

  6. Guy September 9, 2010 at 5:30 am #

    Reading your comments hurts my brain. Physical pain. The spirit of English weeps.

  7. Alex September 21, 2010 at 3:56 am #

    Have windows 8 as a chip so it can’t be copied? Evidently you have no idea how software actually works. The inside of a computer is permanent memory (eg HDD) temporary Memory (RAM) which both store data. data which is stored can be read, copied, duplicated so it couldn’t be a physical memory chip, and a processor is a mass of switches in either an on or off state (which translates to binary) and low level, and then high level programming is used to produce software. The upshot of this – that coding has to be stored somewhere (the HDD) and again, data that is stored can be copied and duplicated.

    On a practical level, why would Microsoft make it so that I cannot upgrade to the next version of Windows without soldering a chip to my Motherboard?

    If software could be stored on a chip to make it faster, more reliable and impossible to copy, then most manufacturers would probably do it, and have a physical copy of windows installed in their computers. Apple would certainly do it, (let’s face it, if anyone would do it, it would be Apple) and mobile phones etc would all have hardware copies of their OS. However, it is not the case.

    Besides, the manufacturing costs of computer chips (not the fraction of a pence most people seem to think it is) would make a copy of windows insanely expensive.

    How would they sell it to people running either dual boot macs or via parallels? Thats a fairly big market, will they just wave goodbye to those customers?

    And if they did a software version just for those cases, then it would defeat the whole object.

    However, don’t worry about it, because it isn’t (and can’t) happen.

    • TomS October 13, 2010 at 4:11 am #

      Wow, 3 people actually liked your silliness? You couldn’t possibly be more wrong. Software can and is “stored in chips” so it can’t be copied. What do you think firmware is?

      Sometimes firmware is loaded into flash memory (in which case it can still be copied), but in other cases, its stored on a ROM or even hardwired into an ASIC, in which case nothing short of reverse-engineering the entire chip is going to get that code out of it.

      Installing software into ASICs is the rule, not the exception in some industries. The software that runs a GPS, a DVD player (not a BD player) or many of the ASICs in a car or even a fighter jet are good examples of that. It’s not “insanely expensive” … though it does cost more than just cutting a CD, admittedly. Entire operating systems have been built into custom ASICS. The downside is that you can’t update the code after you ship it … the upside is perfect security.

      Would such a system be practical for shipping Windows? Not for desktops, of course. But within a few years, seeing Windows Embedded in such a form is a very real possibility.

    • Aaron Stone September 20, 2011 at 9:05 am #

      Not sure what you mean Alex. Android is a great model for this. You buy the phone and the OS is a permanent part of the device. Updates can still be done.  The updates just get stored on the accessible NVRAM. Sure you can root your system and remove the OS but someone could always write the OS on an FPGA.  I wouldn’t critisize people by telling them they don’t understand how computers work. Someone told me the same thing when I was young.  Low and behold my idea is now the foundation of how computers work. The human imagination can make a computer work in any way that can be imagined.

  8. Dougjk_hlst October 8, 2010 at 4:04 pm #

    BILL GATES is getting so wrapped up in his versions of Windows lately. ok he JUST released Windows 7 about a year ago. theres no way a new OS is going to work after such a short period of time. AT LEAST wait until March or april of 2011 to release a new OS and make sure its perfected. However he seriously releases these operating systems so close together people can’t keep up. and with the world the way it is now and also how it will be in the future it is very important to be able to keep up technology speaking.

    • Fredrik October 9, 2010 at 12:50 am #

      If you think Windows 8 will be released before march or april 2011, you’re mistaken. It will be released in 2012 as earliest.

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