Windows 8 release date in 2012; plans leaked

By Richi Jennings. June 29, 2010.

Windows 8 plans have leaked out of Microsoft. Highlights include a 2012 release date (beta in 2011), webcam login, faster startup/shutdown, an appstore, and more. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers unpick fact from fantasy.

Your humble blogwatcher selected these bloggy morsels for your enjoyment. Not to mention animated optical illusions...


    Peter Bright shines a light:

A set of slides distributed to Microsoft's PC partners in April of this year has been leaked. ... Outlines Microsoft's vision for Windows 8 ... form factors ... hardware capabilities ... and the demands that these parameters will place on OEMs.


Suggests that Redmond still sees no value in creating a dedicated tablet-oriented operating system ... does not, of course, mean that Windows 8 might not be more finger-friendly than Windows 7. ...  "Logoff + Hibernate" ... will act as an accelerated alternative to shutting down.

Gavin Clarke waxes innovative:

Microsoft's successor to Windows 7 is taking shape - and that shape looks suspiciously like an iPad. ... In trying to differentiate Windows 8 ... it plans to stress features for partners such as Windows 8's customization and the different form factors.


The company is becoming firmly entrenched in its role of taking innovation cues from other people ... or is incapable of thinking beyond the present trends on product development.

DanielRemains was probably the first leak publisher:

These PDFs come directly from an OEM Microsoft partner. ... I had to convert them to PDF to be able to remove watermarks.


Microsoft has some nice plans cooking it seems!.

Buon giorno, Adrian Alfaro: [in translation]

This top secret slide has escaped ... it exposes Microsoft's future plans, including Windows 8 development. ... Other features ... will be implemented through presence sensors.


The boot time of Windows 8 will be even shorter ... thanks to Action Center identifying autorun applications that slow the startup. ... Integration between Windows Help, Microsoft Answers and third-party forums.

Stephen Chapman serves "some super secret squirrel" scuttlebutt:

Long story short, these slide decks are chock full of internal thinking on Windows 8. ... Microsoft is clearly paying attention to Apple while planning Windows 8 ... aiming to give Windows the very same “it just works” status. ... Logging in via facial recognition. ... Windows accounts could be connected to the cloud which would allow for roaming settings.


Shaping the planning of Windows 8 are explosion of form factors (laptops, netbooks, slates, etc.) ... collision of enterprise and personal worlds ... and more. ... One of the key takeaways here is Microsoft detailing “Slate” as a major form factor focus. ... Windows 8 will introduce “Windows Store” ... which will allow you to purchase applications.

But Preston Gralla counsels caution:

It's not yet confirmed that the slide deck is real, and Windows 8 is likely two years away. ... But don't be surprised if most or all of these features are in.

And Pallab De notes an oopsie:

As you can imagine, Microsoft is not bemused. Francisco Martin’s blog, which was hosted on Microsoft Live Spaces, has already been pulled down. ... Worse still, in their eagerness to share the confidential documents, Win7Vista might have exposed their source. ... One Mr. Derek Goode from HP.


Windows 8 will provide an option called “Factory Reset”, which will [reinstall Windows] while retaining your data and configuration. ... [And] a pre-boot recovery environment, which will be simple enough to be useful to everyone, but will also house advanced diagnostic tools for power users.

Meanwhile, what would Miguel de Icaza do?

If I was in charge of the Windows 8 future ... I would try to reproduce ... the AppStore ... formula on my mainstream operating system. ... Everyone is scared of installing applications on Windows either because they break the system or because you might be accidentally installing malware.


For a Windows appstore to work, they need to guarantee that installing software wont ever break the system. ... Microsoft needs to both alter their kernel ... and come up with a new way of distributing applications. They need: A sandbox. ... Self contained applications. ... APIs that will run in the Sandbox. ... A public contract for extensions.

And Finally...

Amazing Animated Optical Illusions

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