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Windows 8 detailed
Posted: 02.06.2011 04:11 by Comments: 12
Forbes Magazine has revealed a run-down on some of the major new features for Microsoft's next OS, Windows 8 (if that is indeed what Microsoft will call it.) In short, Win8 will be geared around "new chipsets, new hardware, a new user interface, and a new application model."

Some of the highlighted features include:

Run natively on system-on-a-chip (SoC) designs, including ARM-based processors.
The importance of this development is hard to overstate. Windows on ARM means that Windows devices will get online faster and stay online longer. They can take on new form factors, including tablets and hardware that has yet to be invented.

Deliver touch-first experiences, while supporting legacy peripherals and devices.
Windows 7 “supported” touch but was not “touch-first,” a distinction apparent to anyone observing the use of a Windows 7 tablet or an HP TouchSmart PC. Windows 8 works with keyboards and mice but is truly touch-first, with a redesigned start screen (no more “start” menu!) and a tile-based UI similar to Windows Phone 7.

Build a new app ecosystem, while supporting older desktop applications too.
Windows 8 will introduce an entirely new model for application development and distribution. Apps shown in the tiles will be “alive,” constantly updated and responding to a user’s state. Microsoft will give developers new tools to take advantage of hardware acceleration and sensors, and appears to be launching a store to distribute those apps (more details are sure to come at the BUILD developers conference in September).

Windows 8 has all the earmarks of "post-PC market"; that is, the tablet/portable PC market that includes such devices as the iPad. It'll probably improve gaming, too, as it will be fully DX11 native and designed to be used in concert more fully with the next generation of Xbox.
Source: Forbes

Comments

By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jun 02, 2011
herodotus
Ah-huh. So as first reproted this is aimed more at the peripheral accessory/mobile market (Tablets and smartphones). I'll stick with Win 7.
By ColinMc (SI Veteran Member) on Jun 02, 2011
ColinMc
Windows8!!!/??
Non shit about it,but I even dont like Winw7,and thats realy taking me out!!!/??
Winw7 was and is at the moment in my frieands company we disagree thats one!!!/??Maby WinwXp3Build sucH version for player maby,but not thats both!!
[PcDots]
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Jun 02, 2011
FoolWolf
Hmm, I'm not really intrigued by the closeness to the Xbox franchise -if they are supporting gaming on WIN 8 it should be because gamers play ON Win 8 - not only the Xbox.
By BoneArc (SI Elite) on Jun 02, 2011
BoneArc
didnt they say it was for Gaming purposes , so then PC ?

or maybe Unimaginable Portable Gaming .. dear lord.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Jun 03, 2011
FoolWolf
OK, I saw the release videos now, the walkthrough and some feature lists. Win 8 actually starts to look like the shit!
Many cool items and you get more or less Win7 in the background or if you run a big desktop.

The interface is made for quick and easy access al'a sleets and netbooks. Fully integrated touch support and quick and easy access of everything. Though - it will have "apps". So for a standard desktop - it feels a bit iffy - but for laptops where you maybe are after some browsing, news and making smaller documents and presentations - this seems really nice.
By bosnian_dragon (SI Core) on Jun 04, 2011
bosnian_dragon
"Windows 8 works with keyboards and mice but is truly touch-first, with a redesigned start screen (no more “start” menu!) and a tile-based UI similar to Windows Phone 7."
I don't know :/ but this part doesn't sound promising to me.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jun 06, 2011
herodotus
Portable gaming. Don't get it, never will. So pass.
By Ilyas93 (SI Veteran Member) on Jun 06, 2011
Ilyas93
I will maybe switch to Win 8 in like 3-4 years when all games will only played in Win 8.
By bosnian_dragon (SI Core) on Jun 06, 2011
bosnian_dragon
I don't think that all games will only be played in Win8 in a loong time. There are actually people who still use WinXP.
By ColinMc (SI Veteran Member) on Jun 25, 2011
ColinMc
Actualy There are most of all computer user who's us WinXp!!!
By ColinMc (SI Veteran Member) on Jun 25, 2011
ColinMc
Actualy There are most of all computer user who's us WinXp!!!
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Jun 26, 2011
FoolWolf
This is from STEAM stats:
Windows 7 64 bit38.32%+0.61%
Windows XP 32 bit 20.39% -0.79%
Windows Vista 32 bit 12.95% +0.41%
Windows Vista 64 bit 11.44% +0.61%
Windows 7 9.84% -0.62%
MacOS 10.6.7 64 bit 4.65% +0.79%
Windows XP 64 bit 0.94% 0.00%
MacOS 10.5.8 64 bit 0.44% -0.03%
Windows 2003 64 bit 0.31% +0.05%
MacOS 10.6.6 64 bit 0.29% -0.70%
MacOS 10.6.3 64 bit 0.26% -0.26%
Other 0.18% -0.07%


Link: Steam stats - http://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey