You voted for your favorite Windows 8 features on our site. Now, let’s take a look at what Microsoft is planning right now for the next Windows installment.
All of the discussions about Windows 8 features are HIGHLY speculative, because Windows 8 is supposedly still in a planning/concept phase.
Windows 8 will include a Windows store app that allows you to buy software for your PC or mobile devices online (much like Apple’s store). So, it looks like Microsoft hasn’t given up on entering the tablet PC market!
(Image: Monopoly app for Windows 8?)
Recover Windows 8 & Keep Settings
An interesting feature for people who often crash their system might be this: You might be able to re-install Windows 8 and keep your user settings and downloads untouched.
Built-in Facial Recognition
Something that is already possible in Windows 7 with external software will be a built-in Windows 8 feature: Facial recognition. Should they include this in Windows 8 and you activate the feature, you’ll only be able to log into your account if your webcam can identify the user in front of the PC.
If you are interested in trying this on Windows 7, you can try this facial recognition software.
3D Technology, USB 3.0, Bluetoooth 3.0
Other planned features include support for Bluetooth 3 and USB 3.0 (obviously) and support for 3D technology, including a 3D-display-ready version of DirectX.
Windows 8 Release Date
Many people speculate about a release in 2011, but personally I wouldn’t expect it too early. They’ll need to work on a lot of things to actually justify a new Windows version. Discuss the release date for Windows 8 here
For more Windows 8 news, bookmark this category: Windows 8 News