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Windows 8 Surfaces in NDA Presentation

By - Source: Welt | B 57 comments

It is about time that we are learning a bit more about the next Windows: An Italian website has obtained the slides of what appears to be a presentation that was given by Microsoft under a non-disclosure agreement (NDA).

There aren't many new features discussed, but it appears to be clear that Microsoft is taking clues from Apple in creating a much stronger brand value and perception "people will pay for." There are several slides that are reminiscent of traditional Apple ideas and there is one slide that explicitly analyzes Apple's OS strategy.

As far as new features are concerned, there will be an App Store that will enable the user to run apps in full screen and download any apps that may get lost because of a system crash. Microsoft plays with the idea to use facial recognition for user logons and store at least some user data in the cloud - to enable the PC to sign on to websites and services automatically. This seems to be an idea that is based on Chrome OS - with the addition of facial recognition support.

Microsoft believes it is time to use this feature as cameras will be ubiquitous in PCs 2012. Should we take this as a hint that Windows 8 could be surfacing in 2012? Possibly, since Windows 7 has been on the market since 2009 and Windows 8 is apparently already distributed as M2 release. We would say that a beta release in late 2011 or early 2012 is more than likely. The slides can be found here. Screenshots of Windows 8 M2 are posted here.   

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    Alsone , January 19, 2011 10:12 PM
    Cloud is the 1 reason that will ever stop me upgrading from Windows 7.

    I'm simply not willing to store data or share my pc over the net.
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    96stangman , January 19, 2011 10:18 PM
    joytech22Guys you need to remember Windows 8 is designed for ARM systems primarily.I don't think it will work on x86 processors.

    It has support for ARM that doesn't mean it wont work with x86.
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    shineon2010 , January 19, 2011 9:52 PM
    I love Windows 7 and I'm not ready to move on yet.
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    tim sutton , January 19, 2011 9:59 PM
    I'd hate to appear all conservative republican and scared of change or anything, but do we actually need Windows 8 anytime soon? I genuinely enjoy using Windows 7 :/ 

    I'm sure there are valid reasons for upgrading in 12 months time, but I don't know what they are. Help me out, people.
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    CoryInJapan , January 19, 2011 10:05 PM
    Only 3 years between releases...wth man.Give us at least yea dang man.
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    CoryInJapan , January 19, 2011 10:05 PM
    I mean give us at least 5 years man.
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    imrul , January 19, 2011 10:06 PM
    if 7 hasnt given u problems, u probably wont upgrade til after 8 is out for 6 months to a year... early buyers would be manufacturers and those building a new system...
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    joelmartinez , January 19, 2011 10:09 PM
    I'll upgrade to 8 if it's significantly better, or at least a bit better, actually I'll definitely upgrade to 8 I can probably get a real cheap professional copy from a university friend
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    Alsone , January 19, 2011 10:12 PM
    Cloud is the 1 reason that will ever stop me upgrading from Windows 7.

    I'm simply not willing to store data or share my pc over the net.
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    96stangman , January 19, 2011 10:18 PM
    joytech22Guys you need to remember Windows 8 is designed for ARM systems primarily.I don't think it will work on x86 processors.

    It has support for ARM that doesn't mean it wont work with x86.
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    descendency , January 19, 2011 10:19 PM
    tim suttonI'd hate to appear all conservative republican and scared of change or anything, but do we actually need Windows 8 anytime soon? I genuinely enjoy using Windows 7 I'm sure there are valid reasons for upgrading in 12 months time, but I don't know what they are. Help me out, people.


    If you saw how many security issues an OS has 3 months after launch let alone 3 years, you would beg for it to be here tomorrow.
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    rohitbaran , January 19, 2011 10:21 PM
    AlsoneCloud is the 1 reason that will ever stop me upgrading from Windows 7.I'm simply not willing to store data or share my pc over the net.

    Windows 7 does feature cloud computing.
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    borisof007 , January 19, 2011 10:50 PM
    Windows 8 in 2012.... DUN DUN DUNNNNNNNNN!
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    gto127 , January 19, 2011 11:00 PM
    I really wish MS had been broken up in late 90 like they were supposed to be when found guilty by DOJ of monopolostic behavior. Win 8 is just so MS can make more $. Considering how much OS cost we should get a min of 5 years worth of cutting edge features through free upgrades or service packs before something new comes out.
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    wildwell , January 19, 2011 11:05 PM
    So much for the non-disclosure agreement; the link here was flying around Twitter. ;) 
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    tim sutton , January 19, 2011 11:14 PM
    descendencyIf you saw how many security issues an OS has 3 months after launch let alone 3 years, you would beg for it to be here tomorrow.


    OK, but (and correct me if I'm wrong) won't Windows 8 then have it's own problems 3 months after launch?

    Personally I'd far rather MS had spent the last 3 years making service packs for 7 to patch any holes and flaws instead of building a whole new OS. Which I certainly don't need or want.

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    SchizoFrog , January 19, 2011 11:14 PM
    imrulif 7 hasnt given u problems, u probably wont upgrade til after 8 is out for 6 months to a year... early buyers would be manufacturers and those building a new system...

    From experience of XP users as an example, if people haven't had issues once they went to 7 then I doubt people will really feel the need to pay out again for an OS until at least 9 maybe even version 10 or 11 is out. UNLESS there is a fundamental change that would require it.
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    nativeson8803 , January 19, 2011 11:30 PM
    What is an M2 release?
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    Hatecrime69 , January 19, 2011 11:37 PM
    schizofrogFrom experience of XP users as an example, if people haven't had issues once they went to 7 then I doubt people will really feel the need to pay out again for an OS until at least 9 maybe even version 10 or 11 is out. UNLESS there is a fundamental change that would require it.


    *cough*dx10*cough*
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    Camikazi , January 20, 2011 12:09 AM
    tim suttonOK, but (and correct me if I'm wrong) won't Windows 8 then have it's own problems 3 months after launch? Personally I'd far rather MS had spent the last 3 years making service packs for 7 to patch any holes and flaws instead of building a whole new OS. Which I certainly don't need or want.

    They are making SP for 7 and have been releasing patches the whole time, and do you think they have just one team of coders so can only do one thing at a time or something? They most likely have teams on 7, teams working on finishing up 8 and teams working on the Pre-Alpha Windows 9 already. Companies can multitask pretty well :p 
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    JohnnyLucky , January 20, 2011 12:16 AM
    I was slow to upgrade to WIN 7. I'm not crazy about upgrading again next year.
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