Tidbits: What to expect in Windows 8

Due to mistakenly leaked set of documents Microsoft shared with its PC maker partners we now have an inside look at what Microsoft is currently thinking about including in Windows 8. These plans, of course, are bound to change and much is still up in the air. But for those tech enthusiasts who have been simply pining away for information, this is the mother lode, especially given how far ahead of the release we are.

When Will Windows 8 be Released?
According to the article, Microsoft currently plans to ship Windows 8 by mid-2012; thus, the first beta should be released by mid-2011 and public beta should follow by the end of 2011. Windows Server “8″/2012 is also being developed concurrently.

User Detection
Windows 8 will likely support detection of which user just walked in the room so that it can automatically turn on your PC, log you in, and play your favorite music. When you get up and leave, Windows will automatically log your PC off for you.

Emphasis on Appliance-like Power On
System bootup speeds will probably improve a little (especially since SSDs are becoming standard) but Microsoft plan to emphasize the current power-saving features: Sleep and Hibernate, which they’ll probably rename to something like “Pause” or “Low-power Standby”.

Digital Media Support
Windows 8 should support the following emerging digital media formats:

* AVC HD (with chapter seek.)
* 3D video.
* Multiple MPEG-4 formats for the web.
* Improvements to MJPEG (webcams and still cameras.)
* MPEG-2 (decoding/encoding.)
* H.264 (encoding.)
* WMV Improvements .

Windows 8 should also come with native TV tuner support so third-party cards and software wont be needed for TV tuning (possibly to coincide witht he RJ45 digital media standard, which is coming.)

Next Generation Device Support
Windows 8 will natively support the USB 3.0 standard (and devices with USB 3.0) and Bluetooth 3.0 (but not Bluetooth 3.0 + High Speed.) Microsoft is also considering deprecating Firewire/IEEE1394 support (i.e. Firewire/IEEE1394 devices will still work but enhancements to support will cease.)

Software Purchases Through the Windows Store
It’s looking likely that Microsoft will adopt a similar (albeit a little less restrictive) software similar to Apple’s App Store. Software and upgrades will be available for purchase through this store. I look forward to the development of this feature.

Internet Explorer 9
Internet Explorer 9 will be part of Windows 8 (IE 9 beta is expected in August 2010 with a Released to Web version date TBD.)

Windows Live Wave 5
Windows Live Wave 5 be shipped/developed concurrently with Windows 8. (Windows Live Wave 4 will ship sometime in late 2010.)

Factory Reset Mode
Currently, if Windows goes pear-shaped, a quick solution (i.e. to not waste time troubleshooting non-hardware issues) is to format your drive and re-install Windows, which blows away personal settings, files, and programs. The article alludes to a feature that will provide a factory reset without losing personal settings.

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  2. Posted by Arntr on November 7, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    windows 8 will release when? sorry 4 d english.. : greatpctips.com

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    • When Will Windows 8 be Released?

      According to the article, Microsoft currently plans to ship Windows 8 by mid-2012; thus, the first beta should be released by mid-2011 and public beta should follow by the end of 2011. Windows Server “8″/2012 is also being developed concurrently.

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  4. […] Windows 8 is also on the horizon for Microsoft. Microsoft has been steadily producing early alpha builds of the new operating system and hit the Milestone 1 stage in 2010. Milestone 2 and 3 are due in early 2011 and beta copies of the new operating system will arrive in late 2011. A large amount of Windows 8 is still unknown but it’s likely that the operating system will focus on Kinect, Slate and Cloud integration. Steve Ballmer has described the next release of Windows as the company’s “riskiest product bet”. […]

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