Now that Microsoft has released Windows 7, it is time to focus on Windows 8. Microsoft always starts working on the next operating system as soon as one is released. In Microsoft Windows 8, the user interface will be completely changed.
The new operating system may be called Midori, but there isn’t any confirmation at this time what the actual name is going to be. At this point, it is referred to as Windows Operating System 8.
Window Operating System 8 is currently not scheduled to be released until late 2011 or early 2012. Basically that’s 2-3 years after the release of the current operating system which is Windows 7. It is most likely, however, that Microsoft will ship the new Windows8 sooner than 2011.
At this point, it is not totally know what will be included in Windows Operating System 8. The Windows team has announced some features that will be included but not all. The actual list will be finalized in late 2010 when Microsoft will probably release the first beta version available to the public.
Currently, Windows operating systems operate on either 32-bit or 64-bit. It is too cumbersome on software developers to maintain dual processor codes. It is rumored that Windows Operating System 8 will be offered in 64-bit and 128-bit versions as well. Virtually every modern processor supports 64-bit computing. Many people are hoping that 32-bit support will be dropped from Windows 8. However, this probably will not happen. By the time Windows 8 is ready to launch, the cost of 128-bit chips will still be too expensive for the average consumer to purchase. Most likely, 128-bit processors will only be used in Windows 8 servers.
Also, at this point computer users wouldn’t get any use from 128-bit support. There won’t be any software written for it for many years, as right now most software is still only written to support 32-bit. Full 64-bit software support is only just now beginning to appear and it offers no additional benefits to the average computer user or computer gamer.
Another possible new feature of Windows 8 will be a new Hibernate/Resume engine. This means that the computer will have even faster hibernation and resume times than currently is available.
In addition, Windows 8 will also have new networking and security features built-in. It is possible that the new operating system will have a new PatchGuard system that stops viruses from changing system files. This feature was not released in Windows 7.
It will also have better multimonitor support. Many computer users today are using two monitors to better multitask. It is also rumored there may even be support for three or more screens.
It is also being said that Windows 8 will run on what is called the ARM chip, which is what is commonly used in smartphones. With this type of chip, it is possible that a mobile version of Windows may be available. It could be run with much lower system specifications than those currently required on PCs.
The new operating system will also have what is called DFSR service or Distributed File System Replication. This will be a feature used in Windows 8 Server. It is a folder system engine that will allow for folder synchronization across multiple servers.
Many computers users are very excited about the release of Windows Operating System 8 because Windows 7 was basically an upgrade to Vista. Windows 8 is supposed to open up a whole, new world in terms of Microsoft Windows Operating Systems.