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First Windows 8 Details Leaked by Microsoft PC Maker Partners


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211w ago - This weekend Paul Thurrott at [Register or Login to view links] reports that the first Windows 8 details have been leaked by Microsoft's PC maker partners.

Below is a brief rundown the new Windows 8 details, with more details linked above for those interested.

App Store

Think iPhone App store or Android Marketplace but with a Microsoft twist. Rumored to be named Windows Store. I'm curious if this is cross platform with Windows Phone 7, and maybe 360 support?

Internet Explorer 9

Included with Windows 7 will be Microsoft's next generation browser. After looking thru the new tech demos for IE 9 I admit I'm not really excited for this. It still feels like they are playing catch up with Firefox and Chrome.

A leaked release date of August 2010 was seen. However browsers are personal, try the demo [Register or Login to view links].

Windows Live Wave 5

The only real details are it will ship with Windows 8. The Windows Live Wave 4 beta is available now, SYNC is a big improvement. Try it [Register or Login to view links].

Windows 8 Release Date

Currently Microsoft is aiming for a mid-2012 release, which leads to estimates of a first beta mid-2011, and a public beta late 2011.

PC Form Factors

Microsoft sees the market in three categories, "Lap PC", "Workhorse PC", and "Family Hub PC". Pretty similar to the market now.

Tailored Web Applications

Web based apps are one of if not the fastest growing software provider formats. Microsoft hopes to easily integrate this into Windows 8 and the Windows APP Store.

Human Presence Sensors (Kinect)

This is really exciting... well at least potentially. The GUI in Minority Report has had geeks dying for the wave my hands like a Jedi option for years. Kinect might just give us that.

The Kinect experience on the 360 will go a long way to prove the concept, but having your PC log you in by scanning your face and locking when you leave the room sounds nice!



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Drachma's Avatar
#18 - Drachma - 201w ago
woot , nice news. just getting win 7 on my rig's here, oh well more upgrades is fun if you got the money :/ look's nice if run's like 7 hey why not

aamir007's Avatar
#17 - aamir007 - 202w ago
no thanks. i'll stick with my xp until m$ creates a virus that kills every copy of xp, therbey forcing people to update and give them more money.

i'm sure they failed to mention that when your computer is connected to the internet and you have a webcam, m$ can remotely connect to your webcam and watch what you are doing without any consent from you. (unless it's in the eula which almost nobody reads.) they will probably try to spin it as some kind of behavior study to see how people react to different programs/websites/videos/etc.

You should try Vista or 7 and you'll love it.

Can wait till it comes out i like to have all the latest software and i quite like the change between XP > Vista > 7 so i expect quite a lot from 8 and hope its not exactly like 7.

ChaseHammer's Avatar
#16 - ChaseHammer - 202w ago
I agree that Windows XP is still the best, to me. I beta tested Vista and 7 and was impressed with the presentation but as a computer technician made things a hell-of-a-lot worse. Not only did they create new problems for everybody but they took out a lot of settings and/or options to allow for people to set their network up the way they wanted.

I cannot tell you how much trouble Vista and 7 have caused in forms of companies upgrading then wondering why nothing is working anymore. From 2000 to XP wasnt that different and XP actually made a lot of improvements as far as customizing and configurations. Now it seems its a joke to mess with people in exchange for flashiness and wow factor. Its a shame.

xUb3rn00dlEx's Avatar
#15 - xUb3rn00dlEx - 210w ago
I partially agree, but I do think Linux has the most potential. Just look at Wine for example. In only a few years it has gone from a laggy mess to playing a quite respectable library of games without too many problems. I say, let's give them some time. If you were to compare Linux to Windows Linux has evolved a whole lot more and faster than Windows which is stuck copying from Apple.

I do agree with you only to some extent. I do think Linux has the most potential, but it had that for several years now in my opinion. It is not at the level that most end users will appreciate, and when marketing an OS, end users are the biggest percentage of the market out there.

I don't believe windows is stuck copying from Apple, nor do I believe the opposite. The market is a competitive one, in which everything will be copied or replicated to some extent if it is popular, but more importantly, lucrative. Certain aspects of Windows have been copied by Apple, and vice versa. It is just how competition works. You can throw Linux in there and see that it too has copied elements of both of the most successful OS' out there, yet the same is true in reverse.

As for wine, it has advanced a long way, but I myself do at times have trouble using it, especially for new releases. Apple has jumped leaps and bounds to get gaming compatibility on its own OS, but from my experience the hardware is complete garbage for professional gaming on Apple computers. Windows still reigns supreme here.

And as to time, that is the only thing that is certain. As it passes, things will change, but we cannot confuse the future with the present. As it stands, Linux has a long way to go, and it is no where near the acceptability that Apple or Windows are. Perhaps in the future it will be, but you must also look that in the future, both major OS' will also be paying attention to Linux as a competitor, and will do some serious marketing in order to convince the public that it is the best of the three.

My .02.

TheVeryUberEnd's Avatar
#14 - TheVeryUberEnd - 210w ago
Incorrect. I have used Mac, and while it does cut out alot of the bullshit that M$ offers, it replaces it with "Sauteed Mac BS." Then there is Linux, which also cuts out many other bullshits, and replaces it with Penguin crap. This is a never ending battle, and we all win because it forces competition.

I partially agree, but I do think Linux has the most potential. Just look at Wine for example. In only a few years it has gone from a laggy mess to playing a quite respectable library of games without too many problems. I say, let's give them some time. If you were to compare Linux to Windows Linux has evolved a whole lot more and faster than Windows which is stuck copying from Apple.

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