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Windows 8 – First Glimpse at Features

Windows 8 is currently being developed by Microsoft.  Below are some of the possible forthcoming features:

TechTarget – A first glimpse at Windows 8 http://searchenterprisedesktop.techtarget.com/feature/A-first-glimpse-at-Windows-8

QUOTE: Windows 8 has been the topic of speculation for many months now, but as was the case with Windows 7, Microsoft is pretty tight-lipped about what’s to come in the next version of its flagship operating system. However, early information has emerged over the past few weeks. 

Here’s a rundown of exactly what we know at this point about Windows 8:

* Cross-platform operating system – Windows 8 will run not only on Intel chips, but also on ARM processors, which are popular in tablet devices, smaller netbooks and other portable devices.

* New (or improved) user interface – Microsoft has gone on to develop other interesting user interfaces (UIs) such as Kinect and the Windows Phone 7 operating system’s Metro UI, which has also drawn positive reviews. Expect to see enhancements and flashes of those two UIs, along with iterative improvements that will be native to the final builds of Windows 8 as they become more mature.

* Will MinWin and a Hyper-V client hypervisor debut in Windows 8?

* Windows 8 getting a ribbon interface overhaul

* Internet Explorer 10 – Although Internet Explorer 9 was just released a couple of months ago, the IE team is hard at work on the next version of Microsoft’s browser, one of the cornerstones of Windows 8. IE10 is expected to have increased support for the HTML 5 standard and enhanced compatibility for key Cascading Style Sheets and properties, such as gradients and a flexible box layout.

* A touch interface will also be included, since most features in Windows 8 will have multi-touch capability.

* Enhanced security – Each version of the Windows operating system has included improved protection from both local and remote attacks, and it looks like Windows 8 will be no exception.

* History Vault – Similar to Apple’s Time Machine feature is Microsoft’s History Vault. Apple introduced Time Machine in 2007 to enable its OS to automatically make copies of important data files at regular intervals and make them available for easy restoration.

* Operating system application store – Microsoft is following the example of the newer Mac App Store by making software purchases and downloads possible from directly within the Windows user interface.

* Additional features – the following minor features might grab end-user attention:

– Quicker installation – Built-in PDF reader – Ability to mount ISO files directory to the file system – “Restore factory settings” function to revert to a clean slate – Integrating Microsoft Kinect directly with Windows (and not just Xbox) – Integration with Windows Live ID service

For now, Microsoft is still in the development stage with Windows 8, but the expected release date is rumored to be sometime next year.

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