Skip to comments.Microsoft's Windows 8 Goals Revealed (Leaked)
Posted on 06/28/2010 7:13:38 PM PDT by dayglored
Microsoft's successor to Windows 7 is taking shape - and that shape looks suspiciously like an iPad supplementing a diet of media with online services.
A set of Microsoft slides, apparently leaked online here and expanded here, have mapped out the company's design and feature goals for Windows 8.
Among those goals: Windows 8 works on a slate form factor in addition to the regular laptop and "all-in-one" PC,...
Among the other goals for Windows 8 are a "reset button" for use if - or more likely when - your PC begins to mysteriously slow down and performance begins to drag like a dog. Windows 8 will let you reset and retain your data...
In trying to differentiate Windows 8 from Apple, Microsoft said it plans to stress features for partners such as Windows 8's customization and the different form factors.
There are some interesting aspects to Windows 8, if the slides are genuine. Facial recognition being the biggest. This would suggest some overlap with software used in Project Natal - just don't let your cat or anything else with a face near the screen when you're trying to log on...
(Excerpt) Read more at theregister.co.uk ...
I dunno... seems to me the business office is still going to be their main market for quite a while.
And let's see, Vista was Win-NT6.0. Windows 7 was supposed to be NT7.0, but the name got co-opted for the re-work of Vista that became Windows 7 (it's NT6.1). So, will Windows 8 be NT7? Or will they skip over 7 and go back in sync with NT8?
Read the whole Register article -- there's much more about the presumed feature set.
And to the rest -- No trolls, of any flavor, please. We've had quite enough of that stuff the past week. How about a nice sane discussion of technical merits, product positioning, and marketing strategy?
as usual, it will be vulnerable to cyber attacks.
Someones going to jail.
well that didnt take long
I dunno. I've found Win7 to be quite stable and secure. Sure, I run anti-virus and all that, but I think Microsoft's finally got their minds wrapped around the issue of security.
I expect Windows8 to be quite secure.
Ignore his barb. :)
What barb? that never happens on windows threads, well almost never happens, ok ok ok it usually happens within the first 5 posts.
For the leak? Maybe, maybe not. Microsoft probably wants the world to know they're thinking about the next gen system. It could be a plant, too. Just sayin'...
“Microsoft probably wants the world to know they’re thinking about the next gen system”
Possible but it seems a bit early in the development cycle for that.
Heh, I had a bet with myself that the first swipe would be a "Why not just get an iPad instead of a knock-off?" comment. Guess I lost that one. I really wasn't thinking about the vulnerability aspect, because Microsoft has come a long way on that issue and is really doing well now.
If Win8 is as far ahead of Win7 as Win7 was ahead of XP, they'll do well.
I’d settle for the damn things being able to install 30 programs, run 5 simultaneously, and not crash all the time. That should have been accomplished 10 or 15 years ago. All the fancy bells and whistles are totally useless when compared to reliability.
Any how about the simple feat of being able to copy a directory listing to the clipboard?
I give the Boys In Redmond credit for trying to think ahead. They want to get back to a release cycle of a new major version every 2-3 years at most. This past cycle damn near killed them.
And they need to get something out there that stomps XP into the ground for smaller and handheld systems, or else they'll still be competing with their old operating system for the next 4 years.
I'm betting this is real, and is only the tip of the iceberg.
“”Why not just get an iPad instead of a knock-off?” “
I don’t expect a solid notepad from Microsoft but instead from other companies using either windows or some version of linux. I expect they’ll have a better price point as well.
Arbitrary code execution is common problem to many different OS’s. Security is a multi-faceted problem and any single defense isn’t adequate.
All of the leaked slides are discussed at the link below per your linked source. Very detailed discussions...
I know you want us to be serious, but somehow my feeble mind got a picture of Helen Thomas trying to logon using facial recognition ... and then I got an image of a computer puking its chips up until it eventually brought up the blue screen of death.
It will take some powerful good programming to accommodate that old hag.
So much for technical discussion.
Are you running Win7? I'd say it more than accomplishes those goals.
> Any how about the simple feat of being able to copy a directory listing to the clipboard?
Get Cygwin -- it's the free open-source Unix/Bash subsystem. Cygwin