The Windows 8 release date has been already shrouded in a cloud of rumors. Most experts expect a late 2011 early 2012 release of the operating system. Leaked documents detailing Microsoft’s initial thoughts on the development of Windows 8 have surfaced on the internet. The PowerPoint presentation, apparently aimed at an HP executive and dated April 2010, suggested that facial recognition for log in and compatibility with a range of new computers and tablets could be a key part of the forthcoming product.
The slides looks like a strategic overview, or a wish-list, of forthcoming Windows 7 features but there are some shockers as well which comprises of the support for wireless displays, 3D display facility and a high end mobile computing devices.
Other key features included a focus on improving start-up times, which have previously been cited by consumer groups as a cause of frustration, as well as an easy way to reset PCs to their default settings without deleting users’ information.
Other features include re-jigged user credentials, increased use of webcams and faster boot times. There’s also support for Kinect, the gesture recognition system initially demonstrated for the Xbox 360, that will bring Minority Report style user interaction a step closer.