Microsoft details early Windows 8 improvements to OEMs


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Details leaked to a Microsoft enthusiast blog on Monday reveal Microsoft's immediate plans for Windows 8.

Francisco Martin, a Microsoft Enthusiast, posted several confidential pieces of information to his blog on Monday revealing improvements that Microsoft is aiming for with Windows 8. Microsoft is planning to enable next generation high speed connectivity solutions such as USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 3.0 within Windows 8. Microsoft's key area of focus appears to be performance and instant-on systems. "Windows 8 PC's 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."

In what appears to be suggestions to OEMs, Microsoft details Windows 8 investments under consideration. Focusing on POST performance, S3 resume performance and general performance optimizations for each of the Off states are the key areas of improvement that Microsoft is aiming for with Windows 8 and Windows 8 enabled PCs.

Microsoft is also aiming to use sensors in Windows 8 PCs. "Windows 8 can adapt to changes in ambient light, so that the display is always easy to see", states part of the document. The document also hints at Kinect like features. "Windows 8 could detect my presence and log me automatically", hinting at PCs being able to detect their users.

The leaked document finishes with the suggestion that Microsoft is working on hard drive encryption for Windows 8. The software giant currently handles encryption by using its Bitlocker technologies. Earlier this year Microsoft posted a job opportunity where the company stated it was "looking for a great PM to define the “BitLocker Experience” in the next version of Windows."



windows 8 already? im still using xp and refuse to upgrade because vista and win7 didnt offer anything that xp didnt already give me. vista and win7 ran slower than xp on my computer and half my old programs didnt work properly any more. i doubt win8 will give us anything more than a few gimics and a new graphical ui that most advanced users turn off anyways. to top it off you're most likely going to have to upgrade your old computer just to meet its system requirements.


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^^ true
I use XP and feels lucky not to go with Vista or memory hungry 7.
Also I bought MAc book Pro last year, windows is no match to OS X when it comes to multitasking.
Although even OS X hangs sometime ;), but there are ways to jump to another desktop on same machine and kill the process hanging the desktop.