Windows 8 To Include Direct Experience Platform?

A recent patent by Microsoft reveals a new feature that could make its way into Windows 8.  The patent calls it Direct Experience, and it basically speeds up the execution of media, and maybe other data, in the operating system.

This is done by circumventing some of the necessary steps to play media. In Windows 7 for instance, a user would have to start the computer, or resume from standby, login, wait until the desktop loads, before the appropriate application can be launched to play the media files.

Direct Experience checks for media to play before login. If media is found it can automatically launch a maximized media player and start playback mode.

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Fig. 4 shows the user experience. The direct experience application needs to be loaded with the press of the button, but it may also be initiated by inserting media like USB devices into the computer.

The patent goes into further detail, and can be viewed in full here.

Described is a technology by which a computer system operates in a mode that is different from a general purpose operating mode, upon detection of a special actuation mechanism coupled to the computing device. For example, actuation of a special hardware button may boot or resume a sleeping computer system into a direct experience upon actuation, including by launching a special program corresponding to that button. The computer system may thus enter a mode in which it mimics a special purpose device such as a consumer electronics device, e.g., a dedicated media player. When in a direct experience, the computer system may also operate in a constrained/sandboxed mode in which operating system limits available functionality to less than what is available when running as a general purpose computer system, e.g., keyboard operation and/or file access may be limited. Different actuation mechanisms may correspond to different modes.

A feature like Direct Experience would be especially beneficial in mobile computing, considering that the devices might need less battery power to operate in Direct Experience mode. It also adds to the usability of the device, considering that it will speed up media playback considerably.

What’s your take on this? Would you like to see this in Windows 8? Let us know in the comments. (via Being Manan)

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14 Responses to Windows 8 To Include Direct Experience Platform?

  1. JohnCz August 17, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

    I really haven’t given it much thought but the number scenarios that could take advantage of this seem limited. It might be to address some requests from PC manufacturers.

  2. chieftain20 August 19, 2010 at 8:24 pm #

    I think it is a neat feature. Would be great for people who just boot up to watch media and stuff. Irl though, it may not really work.

  3. Andrew August 24, 2010 at 5:36 am #

    Well…hopefully it doesn’t make it in.

  4. Harley22x September 4, 2010 at 10:05 pm #

    I think this is an absolutely brilliant idea!

  5. will b September 18, 2010 at 3:54 am #

    This would be better for a sideshow event than to make it mainstream…… if i recall right this was done in the xp plus media add-ons, and very few people know it exists……….

  6. Marc September 21, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    This is one of those things in Windows where everyone say look what i can do and never uses it for anything other then showing off

  7. Dj September 26, 2010 at 4:11 am #

    more importantly I believe this could be the best thing for gaming. If you remember back in the old days Games would make windows shut down and launch in DOS. The platform under Windows. This meant that no resources were being used by Windows, unlike todays enviroment!

    Direct Experience could be used for this purpose. To play games before Windows is loaded, or after you shut down windows. It could become a pre-enviroment without any resource load. Which would make Windows even fucking better than MAC – AGAIN.

  8. Avatoin September 27, 2010 at 11:23 am #

    They don’t need this. Ballmer has made it very clear that having multiple client system does not work, and doing this should be considered a separate client system. Dual-boot configurations do not work, it just creates confusion.
    Better solution, make it so that unnecessary processes can be easily paused so that the system uses fewer resources, saving batterylife, while I watch a video or play music.

  9. Comments October 14, 2010 at 8:30 pm #

    Back to the future.

  10. Jughead October 14, 2010 at 8:32 pm #

    Big whoop. This can already be done by making windows media player the shell.

  11. SL February 5, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

    I know people don’t get it. I say it will make it to Win8, and it will be big:
    1. Applying patent just before product will be revealed, common practice as far as i know.
    2. the soul of Win8 is one OS run everywhere. So it is componentized in terms of installation and loading. It can be partial installed, and can be dynamically change how much function is loaded to memory.

    • fullmetal99012 February 9, 2011 at 9:18 am #

      The second part of that is an interesting proposition. If it was componentized (i.e, if you pop in a DVD before boot, it loads a DVD player), that could allow for so called “kiosk machines” they could make it so you can install a specific part of the OS (media playing, etc) so you could have a kiosk machine that only does what you need it to do.

  12. Ahaha March 7, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    Switching to Mac.

  13. Petux7 March 10, 2011 at 5:53 am #

    now windows will be open source? ha ha ha

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