Windows 8 leaked plans: They say an awful lot, and very little ...

Windows 8 leaked plans: They say an awful lot, and very little ...

Summary: Those leaked Windows 8 slides say both an awful lot and very little about Microsoft's plans for the next-generation Windows OS. There are, however, some interesting tidbits of info in them that give us an insight into Microsoft "thinking" and a few clues about what might be in Windows 8.

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Those leaked Windows 8 slides say both an awful lot and very little about Microsoft's plans for the next-generation Windows OS. There are, however, some interesting tidbits of info in them that give us an insight into Microsoft "thinking" and a few clues about what might be in Windows 8.

First question - are they real? Yes, I believe they are. I've seen enough Microsoft documentation (both officially released and leaked) to be confident that this stuff originated from Redmond. While someone might have gone to the trouble of cooking up a few slides containing some flame bait, I really doubt that anyone would go to the bother of creating an entire deck.

So, what's of interest? Well, first, the roadmap is interesting because it gives us a few clues about timelines:

Bottom line, it's very early days and the purpose of this slide deck is really to engage OEMs and get feedback. It's not a roadmap or plan.

However, even at this early stage Microsoft is looking over its shoulder at what Apple is doing ... fire up thise photocopiers!

In this next slide we see Microsoft trying to persuade OEMs that integrated cameras (like Apple already has) will become ubiquitous by the time Windows 8 hits PC ... they'll be ubiquitous because Microsoft will have persuaded OEMs to install them by saying they'll be ubiquitous ... get it?

This next slide shows us that Microsoft is thinking about form factors beyond the desktop ... but sticking to fundamentals (like security!):

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Ladies and gentlemen ... mention of a "slate" ...

(Sexy girl not included!)

If you think Microsoft had all that power saving stuff figured out, think again!

Windows 7 isn't fast enough when it comes to boot up ... here Microsoft is touting PCs that come on almost instantly:

Here's a potentially interesting feature - push button system restore:

Oh, and there's an app store too ... spookily like Apple uses for the iPhone and iPad, even offering updates:

So there you have the highlights. What you've now go to do is realize that there's a gulf between dreams and reality. This gulf is dictated by many elements, such as OEM interest in features (for example, if OEMs don't seem that interested in offering an integrated camera with all systems, then that idea will likely wither). stability, timescale and so on. While this slide deck is interesting, it offers little more than a snapshot into Microsoft thinking. Don't bet on any of the new features outlined here making their way into Windows 8 ...

... after all, remember Longhorn?

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  • Same as always: Copy Apple

    Nothing new here people.
    itguy08
    • RE: Windows 8 leaked plans: They say an awful lot, and very little ...

      I was laughing hard when I first saw this powerpoint. For Microsoft to admit that Apple's doing it right and they're doing it wrong is about the most amazing thing I've ever seen.

      I wonder what monkey boy is going to say to save his bum?
      nix_hed
      • Surprised?

        Only the MS fanboy talkbackers refuse to see it.<br><br>I see the pro-MS flaggers have returned. ZDNet time to out them by showing who flagged a post.
        Richard Flude
  • As they say, you can NOT make a silk purse out of a pigs ear.

    This will be based on Windows 7 and earlier versions of Windows. :-(
    DonnieBoy
    • RE: Windows 8 leaked plans: They say an awful lot, and very little ...

      @DonnieBoy So they are basing it on the most popular OS in history?
      Wow, giving people what they want. What a shame.
      mdemuth
      • RE: Windows 8 leaked plans: They say an awful lot, and very little ...

        @mdemuth

        Given that people want more portable devices nowadays and that Windows is the only major OS that would need a major rewrite to accomplish such a feat, that IS a shame.
        Michael Kelly
      • RE: Windows 8 leaked plans: They say an awful lot, and very little ...

        @michael kelly

        How so? Windows runs just fine on portable devices...
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • RE: Windows 8 leaked plans: They say an awful lot, and very little ...

        @mdemuth

        Windows didn't rise to the top because it was the best, it rose to the top because of MSs illegal business practices that lock competition out of the x86 market.
        Axsimulate
      • RE: Windows 8 leaked plans: They say an awful lot, and very little ...

        @mdemuth Except that Windows 7 isn't the most popular, from what I've seen of the opinions of my customers. People buy it because they've always used windows, don't want to spend the money it takes to buy a new Mac, and don't know what Linux is. They buy windows 7 because it's installed on the new computers they eventually have to buy anyway, and they buy it despite the fact it's based on Windows Vista, maybe the second least popular OS is all of history. (Second after Windows Millenium- remember that?) Most people I talk to, before I convince them that Win 7 will be ok, start to panic when they find out that XP really isn't available anymore.
        www.dfwsupergeek.com
        unclefixer
  • And, what is the Arm strategy? Are they hoping that Intel can give them

    what they need across all form factors for Windows 7 devices, or will they have different, incompatible kernels for different form factors.
    DonnieBoy
    • RE: Windows 8 leaked plans: They say an awful lot, and very little ...

      @DonnieBoy

      The same is true for all operating systems. Even though Linux supports multiple architectures, it's not as if you can take binaries from x86 and use them on an Arm machine. You can take the same code source and recompile it for a different architecture at most.

      The question will be whether the binaries execute the same functions (e.g. will a web browser or office suite have the same look and capabilities across architectures or not) and support the same data sets when compiled under different architectures.
      Michael Kelly
      • Well, since with Linux, it only requires a re-compile, NOT a re-write, it

        makes it easier to have the same applications available across platforms.

        And, using WinLib, Google could even support Windows application on Arm, with only a re-compile.
        DonnieBoy
    • RE: Windows 8 leaked plans: They say an awful lot, and very little ...

      @DonnieBoy
      Since when Google is the "de-facto" or the sustainer for Linux? Could you please care to explain with some genuine references.
      --Ram--
      Ram U
      • Since when did he say it was?

        @Rama.NET
        DonnieBoy may (or may not I don't know) view Google as the "de-facto" or sustainer for Linux, but he didn't say anything of the kind. What he did do was give one specific example to illustrate his otherwise very broad point.

        Critical thinking - try it, you'll like it!
        use_what_works_4_U
    • RE: Windows 8 leaked plans: They say an awful lot, and very little ...

      @DonnieBoy your a funny little boy...don't you have a linux back alley to play in...do believe this was a Windows blog. Still funny little goof.
      ItsTheBottomLine
  • RE: Windows 8 leaked plans: They say an awful lot, and very little ...

    Sounds like Microsoft Windows 8 is going to be just as good if not better than Microsoft Windows 7. Especially now that they are branching out you can dream of a "Windows Everywhere" world. Imagine having just the one OS that syncs up all your gadgets, your laptop, PC, phone, tablet, and anything else you can think of all seemlessly because they all share the same OS. Its all about being uniform. Good for Microsoft for going into think tank mode and putting the ideas out on the table.
    Loverock Davidson
    • You set a high standard;-)

      "Sounds like Microsoft Windows 8 is going to be just as good if not better than Microsoft Windows 7"

      Wow hoping for it to be as good as an OS released years before it. What expectations MS users have. Hard to shake the failed OS experiences (e.g. ME, Vista).

      Here's hoping you're right.
      Richard Flude
      • RE: Windows 8 leaked plans: They say an awful lot, and very little ...

        @Richard Flude
        Your right, I do have high standard that aligns with the high quality products that Microsoft produces. This is what I've come to expect from them and I know that Microsoft Windows 8 will pass that standard. What failed OS experiences? ME worked as expected. Vista worked as expected (see Mojave).
        Loverock Davidson
      • RE: Windows 8 leaked plans: They say an awful lot, and very little ...

        "What failed OS experiences? ME worked as expected. Vista worked as expected (see Mojave)."

        Sadly I used / supported both so I don't have to refer to PR exercises. What are your expectations of an OS so I can understand "worked as expected".
        Richard Flude
    • You're right

      @Loverock Davidson
      you are absolutely right. Several folks in my family already have that with their BSD Unix-based technology. Made by Apple.
      use_what_works_4_U