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Early Windows 8 details focus on Apple-like experience

updated 03:45 pm EDT, Mon June 28, 2010

Windows 8 to start faster, use sensors

A possibly telling leak has given away some of Windows 8's first features with an Apple-oriented bent. Seemingly targeted at PC builders, it would focus primarily on performance traits. Systems should boot faster and would particularly focus on resuming use: even a tablet or a notebook should be ready in less than than a second, Microsoft said.

Francisco Martín García's info notes that Microsoft should be adding a new mode, Logoff + Hibernate, that would save the extra sign-out step before the system goes cold.

Sensors would play an additional role. Windows would get official ambient light sensor support; webcams would borrow an element from the Xbox 360's Kinect and could automatically recognize users by their faces.

Other additions would bring a fully Internet-connected help system that gets the most recent information, a more complete and simplified restore system, and native 3D visual support without needing special support from a technology like NVIDIA's 3D Vision.

The speed and sensor additions appear to draw influences from Apple, where fast boot and wake times as well as sensors have been present for years. The presentation goes so far as to directly cite Apple and and claim that it's known for "high quality, uncomplicated" products and has a user experience designed around pleasing the user with value. Apple devices build satisfaction that in turn leads to loyalty, Microsoft said.

Microsoft has focused on improving its performance in the past, and as early as the Windows Vista era was working directly with PC builders on improving slow boot times and culling "craplets" from computers to avoid bogging them down.

By Electronista Staff
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  1. kdogg73

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    They make me smile.

  1. facebook_Kevin

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    Apple known for "it just works!"

    "...and people will pay for it." It has taken MS this long really--to figure that out?

  1. DeezNutts

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    at least they are starting to get it

    Windows 7 was def a step in a better direction. I find myself missing a few windows 7 features when using OS X and have long missed some OS X features when using windows in general.

    If they can build on 7 and deliver a strong OS with 8 they will be doing fine.

  1. Jeronimo2000

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    Haha, you guys crack me up... Microsoft plans to do something with "an Apple-oriented bent", and you make it sound like it's news. :)

  1. kdogg73

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    RE: Apple known for "it just works!"

    They've known about it. You could have found that on their master PPT slide.

  1. ebeyer

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    ...start your copiers..

  1. Marook

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    Windows 8:

    Boot blazingly fast into awkwardness!

  1. Herod

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    doing something like apple? oh this is big news.

  1. chas_m



    Well I Nevah!

    What's that you say? Microsoft is blatantly ripping off Apple's ideas to improve Windows because they have no ideas of their own?!


    I am shocked. Shocked, I tell you.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001



    Clicking the link the first time took me to a page with torrents for all versions of Windows 7.

    So this is someone you're going to trust with your MS PowerPoint slide presentation rumor?

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