It is the blogger Francisco Martin holds the scoop of the day. Member of the MVP program at Microsoft, Martin has obtained documents "top secret" on Windows 8, and he has published the most important information. First, the objective is to provide an operating system that starts from the hip. "We need users to access their emails or access the scores of the matches as quickly as possible. It has to be instant, "it said on one of the pages of the document.

For this, the computer might be able to boot via a face recognition and detection. The person stands in front of the screen and the PC opens its session. A system that reminds Kinect (formerly Project Natal). Other developments: the optimal management of external hardware. Want to integrate Microsoft default drivers for the latest standards Bluetooth and USB. In this case, the standard 3.0. The goal is really any device connected to a PC with Windows 8 is functional in the second.

Note that since this blogger has made these revelations, its site, hosted at, is now suspended ...
However, has posted the same documents, on which we can see this sentence from one of the slides:
"Apple is a brand known for its high product quality and simplicity. 'It works just'. People are willing to pay for it. "
This inspiration is taken to the extreme by creating a Windows Store to download paid applications, or not likely to work on any device with Windows 8.

Microsoft declined to comment on these revelations.

A road map showing some of the phases of development of the future operating system Microsoft has confirmed the revelation made last October by the company itself. Windows 8 is scheduled to arrive in a little over a year, in 2012.

The document shows the progress of the second part of the design of Windows 8 began in September and ends this week. It includes some design, integration, and bug fixes to make way for finalizing the third phase of development called "Milestone 3" (M3).

If the third phase M3, which begins Feb. 28 takes as much time as the previous one, we might see a beta of Windows 8 arrive in the fourth quarter of this year.

Approached to the new Windows 8 concern the compatibility with touch pads, a new interface, an anti-piracy or impetus for PC games.

One question that comes up most often during the release of a new system for Windows hardware compatibility: my computer is there enough power to run the latest OS Microsoft?

Users who are already running Windows 7 and hope to adopt Windows 8 can already rest assured it will be yes. Microsoft has raised this point during the "Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference" which brought together the partners of the company last week in Los Angeles.

Tami Reller, vice president, Microsoft talked about the importance of maintaining a system requirements identical to Windows 7 or even reduce the requirements over time: "Windows 8 will be able to run on many machines as it will the same or lower system requirements. "

 Computers running Windows Vista might also be involved since the configuration was identical with that already required under Seven. The essential elements are:
- A 1 GHz processor
- 1 gigabyte of RAM (2 GB for 64-bit)
- 16 GB of free disk space (20 GB for 64-bit)
- A DirectX 9 compatible graphics card

The good news is however to be taken with caution as there is to know the compatibility of the software drivers for the many components and peripherals. Microsoft will probably advise a software upgrade as was the case with Windows 7, for the most impatient, it was not until the arrival of the first beta versions of Windows 8.

Some time ago you would have thought that Windows Phone 7, the system for smartphones Microsoft, would naturally take place in the shelves and that Windows 8 is intended for the PC but it is not. We know that Windows 8 will be reserved for the system to personal computers and touch pads.

By unveiling this week the arrival of the ribbon in Windows Explorer 8, Microsoft has caused confusion among users who kept in mind the first images of Windows 8 approaching the interface Metro.

The details were not long in coming through the blog dedicated to Windows 8 on which Microsoft has decided to communicate. These are two very different environments of Windows 8 will be proposed, one adapted to the tablets or tactile surfaces and one for the PC.

The two interfaces will be available both on PC tablets and the user can switch to one or the other depending on their preferences and the equipment used.

Moving from Windows 7 to Windows 8 will require exactly 11 clicks. This is what Microsoft promises a long article on his blog dedicated to its next operating system.
Supporting figures, it is explained that the upgrade to Windows 8 would save 82% of clicks (and thus information screens). In time, we would thus 21 minutes for installation against 32 minutes to go from Windows XP to Windows 7. And yet, 42 minutes, it was for the simple upgrade since the choice of the user, it could wait ... 9:00! Now it will not exceed 52 minutes to save its configuration, and update Windows.

Another important change is the removal of the stage had to enter the long activation code. To do this, Microsoft will promote the "dematerialization" of the update with the download of an ISO image including a unique pre-built code.

Objective: to convince the 450 million users with a computer can upgrade to Windows 8 to perform this update. Microsoft and therefore includes all those who remained in XP and Vista when configuring their computers have allowed them to move to Windows 7.

The beginning of 2012 should be placed under the sign of the public beta at Microsoft. While the first test version of Office 15 is expected for the CES in early January, the Windows 8 could follow in time, that is to say in February.

In any case, this assertion TheNextWeb site, citing sources "close to Microsoft." The timing seems logical anyway knowing that the replacement for Windows 7 is expected on computers and shelves in the fall of 2012. With a first public beta in February and a second in April why not, we can expect a RTM (Release To Manufacturer) in June or July. A release candidate could also be intercalated between or beta (s) and RTM.

It is not known however if this beta test is open to all, but it is not clear Microsoft, which made for Windows 7, go back to Windows 8. The last eight Developers Preview of Windows, which dates from September, was still incomplete at the office. Microsoft has the cut out before proposing its new operating system for wiping plaster the general public. (EP)

Windows XP introduced several new features to the Windows line, including:
  • GDI+ graphics subsystem
  • Start Menu and Taskbar improvements
  • A number of new features in Windows Explorer
  • Faster start-up, logon and logoff and hibernation sequences.
  • The ability to discard a newer device driver in favor of the previous one (known as driver rollback), should a driver upgrade not produce desirable results.
  • A new, arguably more user-friendly interface, including the framework for developing themes for the desktop environment 
  • Fast user switching, which allows a user to save the current state and open applications of their desktop and allow another user to log on without losing that information 
  • The ClearType font rendering mechanism, which is designed to improve text readability on liquid crystal display (LCD) and similar monitors 
  • Remote Desktop functionality, which allows users to connect to a computer running Windows XP Pro from across a network or the Internet and access their applications, files, printers, and devices.
  • Support for most DSL modems and IEEE 802.11 connections, as well as networking over FireWire, and Bluetooth.
  • Improved application compatibility compared to Windows 2000