http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/ WINDOWS LIVE WAVE 5 The only real details are it will ship with Windows 8. The Windows Live Wave 4 beta is available now, SYNC is a big improvement. Try it here: http://explore.live.com/windows-live-essentials-beta WINDOWS 8 RELEASE DATE Currently Microsoft is aiming for a mid-2012 release, which leads to estimates of a first beta mid-2011, and a public beta late 2011. PC FORM FACTORS Microsoft sees the market in three categories, “Lap PC”, “Workhorse PC”, and ”Family Hub PC”. Pretty similar to the market now. TAILORED WEB APPLICATIONS Web based apps are one of if not the fastest growing software provider formats. Microsoft hopes to easily integrate this into Windows 8 and the Windows APP Store. HUMAN PRESENCE SENSORS (Kinect) This is really exciting… well at least potentially. The GUI in Minority Report has had geeks dying for the wave my hands like a Jedi option for years. Kinect might just give us that. The Kinect experience on the 360 will go a long way to prove the concept, but having your PC log you in by scanning your face and locking when you leave the room sounds nice. All in all it is still too early to make any judgment on these new features, but I’m glad to see some attempts at renovating the Windows flagship OS. There are many more features than the ones I have listed here, if you would like a full tear down of the leaked documents check out Paul Thurrott’s site here: http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/win8_leak.aspzp8497586rq
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