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First Windows 8 Details Leaked by Microsoft PC Maker Partners


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221w 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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gamemaster14XIV's Avatar
#8 - gamemaster14XIV - 221w ago
Quote Originally Posted by Warrorar View Post
windows ME and Windows SP also got released within a distance of 3 years.
look on the release dates. every 2-3 years there's a new windows.

so it's no big deal. it was clear that around 2012 there will be a new windows.

Windows ME was a bit of a failure simular to Windows Vista. Both had alot of problems and werent too popular. I personlly couldnt see a new windows for another 3-5 years.

If anyone recalls correctly project longhorn which eventually came to be know as windows vista was in development for several years, so the only way we are going to see a new windows soon is if its a minor update kinda like windows 7 was to windows vista. I couldn't see a completely new windows.

tilla's Avatar
#7 - tilla - 221w ago
Yawn at these 'features'. I don't want Kinect on a console I sure don't want it on my PC

Warrorar's Avatar
#6 - Warrorar - 221w ago
Quote Originally Posted by B4rtj4h View Post
Wooohoooo

Today's question is: How can we earn a lot of money on people but give them something they do not use??

Comon! This is stupid. Windows 7 isn't there so long... and now its already being replaced by a new version? I guess... and really thats my only guess. That Micro$oft has implanted a LOAD of Anti- Piracy thingies in there. Including remote control and remote application removal like Google on Android!

windows ME and Windows SP also got released within a distance of 3 years.
look on the release dates. every 2-3 years there's a new windows.

so it's no big deal. it was clear that around 2012 there will be a new windows.

imtoodvs's Avatar
#5 - imtoodvs - 221w ago
i guess they're trying to catch up to apple. next thing you know we'll have windows 7.5.9 or windows 7 +.

B4rtj4h's Avatar
#4 - B4rtj4h - 221w ago
Wooohoooo

Today's question is: How can we earn a lot of money on people but give them something they do not use??

Comon! This is stupid. Windows 7 isn't there so long... and now its already being replaced by a new version? I guess... and really thats my only guess. That Micro$oft has implanted a LOAD of Anti- Piracy thingies in there. Including remote control and remote application removal like Google on Android!

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