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A preview of Windows 8 – codename Chidori

Following the first publication of a video on Windows 8 (June 2011, YouTube), I would like to present some information about Windows 8 to you. Windows 8 (codename Chidori) is the current name given by Microsoft successor from operating system Windows 7.

Windows 8 screenshot

What’s Chidori ?

The Chidori is Kakashi Hatake’s first original technique, though he more frequently uses an S-
ranked version known as the Lightning Cutter.(comes from Naruto Manga)

I think Microsoft wants to make a lightning strike in the computer world with its upcoming
operating system :roll:.

Potential timing

In July 2010, Windows 8 became a priority for Microsoft. If we refer to the release of Windows 7, we could have the following schedule:

  • A beta version for the first trimester of 2012
  • A RC for April-May 2012
  • A RTM version for summer 2012

What is included in this new version?

In addition to the video showing that the graph systems is similar to Windows phone and other mobile phone systems, I’m going to present some expected technical aspects.

The main lines of development are:

  • Include elements of the research project Midori
  • Include functions of the internal project Microsoft Singularity
  • Innovative features intended to revolutionize access to files in the subsidiaries on a central server.

According to Steven Sinofksy (Windows 8 manager Team), the changes will result in:

  • better access to material, its configuration, sharing, and use
  • possibility for outside companies to customize the experience of their products
  • native support for USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 3.0
  • use much more sophisticated web cams, with the possibility for the system to authenticate the user who is facing the machine
  • optimization for quick startup, Microsoft clearly want an almost instant ignition. Windows 8 is optimized for each state off and focuses on certain points such as performance or POST recovery during a wake-S3. In this second case, the goal is to achieve re BIOS and drivers within one second.
  • use of detectors: thus, ambient light can be captured and parameters such as brightness adapted accordingly
  • support for some multimedia equipment such as monitors 3D or TVs wireless
  • data encryption across the entire hard drive

Platform

Windows 8 will be available in 32-bit, 64-bit, and an architecture on a mobile ARM4.

To conclude, we’re pretty excited to see this new version and be able to test it not only in private at home but also in a professional manner. For now, we do not know the prerequisites imposed on us by this new operating system. I remain convinced that if people are comfortable with their high-tech phone, they will not be disoriented and it may even improve their work efficiency.

I will give you some news on this soon…

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Stéphane Haby
Stéphane Haby

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