Windows 8 Possible Feature Predictions

Although Microsoft is still promoting the sale of Windows 7 desperately to consumers and enterprises, rumors about the next version of the operating system “Windows 8” called by public media have already started. Some websites and blogs suggest that the cloud services will be added and integration of biotechnology will be enhanced. The exact form of Windows 8 software is still remain uncertain, but has affirmed a few months ago that the next version of the operating system will support SoC (system-on-a-chip) architecture, especially ARM-based systems from partners such as Qualcomm, Nvidia and Texas Instructions.

Let’s take a look at the possible features of Windows 8 in the following:

1. Metro Interface

Signs indicate that the “Metro” design scheme Microsoft designed for mobile phone OS WP7 and Zune HD will become part of Windows 8 design. Metro explains the “Less is more” aesthetic concept in an unique way.

 2. Support Tablet PC

Microsoft has announced that the next version of Windows will support SoC (system-on-a-chip), in particular the ARM-based system which has dominated the leading role in mobile domain. In theory,, this will make tablet PC support possible.

 3. Microsoft Application Store

A website called Microsoft Magazine made a summary of the Windows 8 possible features based on the disclosed slide descriptions, “applications from Microsoft Application Store downloadable” is included.

 4. Completely Into Cloud

Microsoft has paid full attention on cloud technology so the next version of Windows will probably contain a more comprehensive integrated cloud function; separate setting between devices is included.

 5. Quick Start Up

According to the disclosed slides by Microsoft Magazine also suggested that the next version of Windows is going to start up in a super fast speed.

 6. Ribbon

Based on the recent blog posted on Rivera’, bloggers Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott introduced that the earlier version of Windows 8 explorer integrated the Ribbon interface of Office style. Library viewing, image processing and driver managing can be achieved with these apps.

 7. New Screenlock Interface

Rivera and Thurrott also found out a screenlock interface designed for Windows Phone 7 in an early time. Elements like time, date and power management icons are included.

 8. Bulit-in PDF Reader

According to the relevant Windows blog, Microsoft may integrate a PDF reader for Windows 8.

 9. Internet Explore Extension

An extended version of Internet Explorer has also been found by Rivera and Thurrott. It can make Windows 8 works in the way mobile devices do by taking advantage of Internet Explorer 9 renderer.

 10. Biometric Identification

HP has been trying hard to provide more biometric hardware and software for its consumption products and enterprise products (including fingerprint and facial recognition). Microsoft may try to make use of a more powerful biometric recognition to achieve Windows 8 login.

 11. Multi-touch Support

If Microsoft wants to make Windows 8 easier to use, it should provide more designs and functions center on multi-touch support (or other similar connectors).

 12. Historical Record Shelter

Rumor hinted that Microsoft will probably integrate a backup utility for Windows 8 which is similar to Time Machine on Apple Mac OS X.


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