Here’s a list of 300+ Windows 8 features that Microsoft didn’t show

By Tom Warren, on 15th Sep 11 11:35 pm with 159 Comments

What Microsoft didn't show in Windows 8

Microsoft showed off a number of its new Windows 8 features this week at BUILD.

The software giant also has a huge story to tell and has only just begun that process. Steven Sinofsky, chief of the Windows and Windows Live division at Microsoft, teased a long list of the remaining features that Microsoft has included in Windows 8. Thanks to WinRumors reader Thor Olav Sørensen, we have a good list of all the features. Some features in the list sound interesting whilst others have been covered subsequently at BUILD. Regardless, it’s a great list of what Microsoft is working on in Windows 8.

  • Battery Life
  • Time/Battery/Date/Network status
  • Browser
  • Protection against app (…)/ malware scan
  • Apps are certified
  •  Pre-boot reset
  •  OEM Activation
  •  Windows Adapts To Your Location
  •  Hardening For Genuine
  •  Powershell Support
  •  Spotlight
  •  Integrated Load Balancing
  •  Pre-Install
  •  Identity Management Service – Live Integration
  •  SendTo
  •  Windows Performance Analyzer
  •  Desktop Apps
  •  Key Management Services
  •  Start
  •  Multi Hand (…)
  •  BitLocker Self-encrypting Drive
  •  Credential Management interface
  •  Tile groupings
  •  Files Folders Search
  •  Tiles
  •  Optional Public Key Infrastructure
  •  Faster resume from hibernation
  •  Application package
  •  Always On Always Connected
  •  Windows update maintenance scheduler integration
  •  Windows logo kit
  •  Reliable rollback
  •  PCI for efficiency / PCI 3.0 for performance
  •  Richedit
  •  Certification status
  •  My Apps
  •  Developer portal
  •  Task manager – users view
  •  native code (…)
  •  Reader
  •  Animation in HTML
  •  BitLocker data-only encryption
  •  Factory reset
  •  Remote lab exchange
  •  Ratings reviews reputation & report a problem
  •  JavaScript control model
  •  Task manager small app view
  •  Templates and (…)
  •  Application bar developer services
  •  Maintenance scheduler API
  •  Wi-Fi hotspot authentication
  •  Consumer refund
  •  Windows hardware development center
  •  New developer (…)
  •  International updates
  •  Application bar
  •  Unified (…) DirectAccess Server (…)
  •  PrintTo
  •  Windows runtime components
  •  Figures in CSS
  •  Automatic updates
  •  System settings
  •  Offline setup
  •  (…) taskbar
  •  Localized experience
  •  Out of box experience
  •  Client hyper-V
  •  Handwriting input panel
  •  Items management
  •  Recommendation engine
  •  (…) boot
  •  HTML5 video control
  •  System notifications
  •  (…) fragmentation (…) enhancements
  •  Windows (…) user (…)
  •  (…) 3d party (…)
  •  Windows engineering services
  •  TRM as Smartcard
  •  Text prediction and auto correction
  •  (…) usage assessments
  •  Instant on
  •  Task manager
  •  Device state (…)
  •  Maintenance time configuration
  •  Device uninstall
  •  Exclusive
  •  Device makers integrate with windows device (…)
  •  Off (…) domain join
  •  Task manager app history tab
  •  Spotlight on quality benchmarked
  •  (…)-centric reliability reporting
  •  SendTo contract
  •  Modern experience assessment
  •  Content tiles
  •  Stereo 3D video and gaming
  •  GoldenImage reset
  •  Easily discover apps that supporting a language
  •  Search
  •  Device setup
  •  (…) background
  •  New OEM and Cop help customization
  •  Hardware button (…) overlay
  •  (…) keyboard
  •  (…) unified extensible firmware interface
  •  Get my printer working basic functionality
  •  My media plays to digital media receivers
  •  Users are confident using devices & networking in modern apps
  •  (…) geolocation
  •  Windows deployment services
  •  Modern boot
  •  Device companion apps
  •  Windows sense orientation and lighting
  •  Application update
  •  DirectX 11
  •  Footprint reliability and performance
  •  Improvements in registry
  •  Support for ipv4-only servers
  •  Transistors in animation
  •  Windows inbox component repair
  •  Windows logon
  •  OEM activation 3.0
  •  Manufacturing driver assessment
  •  Optimized for web delivery
  •  Enhance copy experience
  •  Switching
  •  Devs get to set the geo and price
  •  Improved proxy configuration and authentication
  •  Enhanced file explorer
  •  Input switching
  •  Notification contract
  •  (…) firmware interface
  •  Graphics output protocol
  •  Music player
  •  Foreground application responsiveness
  •  Secure low-fragmentation help
  •  Windows performance recorder
  •  Windows driver kit
  •  Browse categories of the store
  •  All applications
  •  Connect (..)
  •  System hardening
  •  PlayTo
  •  Pre-install
  •  Licensing (…) framework for application developers
  •  windows update – automatic update and interactive are network aware
  •  streaming media assessment
  •  windows connected account
  •  printTo contract
  •  NAP
  •  windows assessment console
  •  lock screen & notifications
  •  windows update – enhanced driver targeting
  •  trusted platform module authentication
  •  new (..) help hub
  •  print server (…)
  •  task manager (..) dashboard
  •  always connected
  •  enterprice application deployment
  •  control styling
  •  BitLocker – network key protector
  •  bitLocker – extended suspend experience
  •  (…) management
  •  windows is sensor aware
  •  mobile broadband purchase experience
  •  (…) network aware
  •  application (…)
  •  connected frames
  •  auto-suggest search, history
  •  create windows live ID in Windows (…)
  •  advanced on/off options
  •  active directory activation
  •  modern SDK
  •  Phone as Smartcard
  •  language profile developer service
  •  application container
  •  language profile
  •  great webcam experience
  •  windows standard controls (…)
  •  windows update (…)
  •  optimized keyboard layouts
  •  native support of WiMAX and LTE
  •  fundamental assessments
  •  FAST (…) search
  •  windows connects My devices at super speed
  •  video player
  •  task manager – startup applications
  •  ribbon
  •  gestures manipulation (…)
  •  modern application license enforcement
  •  (…) reporting platform for new types of telemetry sharing
  •  spellchecking
  •  deployment image servicing & management tool
  •  animations
  •  multi-column layout
  •  charms bar
  •  re-acuire device app
  •  windows adapts to your location
  •  tile contract
  •  product description page
  •  troubleshooting diagnostics monitoring and (…)
  •  all day battery
  •  basic reset
  •  restore from usb-key
  •  trial
  •  radio management
  •  windows developments kits release (…) matches major OS release milestones
  •  app-to-app picker
  •  application install
  •  memory footprint assessment
  •  communicating over SMS on my PC
  •  task manager – large application view
  •  linking windows connected (…) to domain (…)
  •  online search / offline search
  •  windows update improved reboot experience
  •  content tile
  •  streamlined TPM (..)
  •  sources converter tool migration to modern experience
  •  tile updates
  •  fluid grid
  •  access to run tile
  •  getting notified about pending maintenance
  •  adaptive grid control
  •  share
  •  user switching improvements
  •  pause resume maintenance
  •  modern resource management
  •  access to settings & control panel
  •  splash screen contract
  •  access to other programs
  •  application compatibility tool kit
  •  extension ports
  •  settings charm
  •  visual studio professional
  •  (…) driver (…)
  •  windows hardware development center
  •  single portal
  •  improved on/off experience
  •  DA server single adapter support
  •  (…)-aware networking
  •  shared “data-playground” for Microsoft-partner collaboration
  •  input methop editor
  •  settings search
  •  windows preinstallation environment
  •  simpler print driver management and printer sharing in (…)
  •  windows development kits (…)
  •  maintenance on demand
  •  improved responsiveness with AV
  •  application context menu contract
  •  directaccess server scalability
  •  windows proximity experiences
  •  commerce engine – in application purchases
  •  application context menus
  •  web/local compartments
  •  client (…) search (…) integration and type ahead (…)
  •  (…) box control)
  •  parental controls
  •  video playback assessment
  •  system-wide dialogs
  •  flexible SIM-based connectivity
  •  bitlocker-recovery mode exclusions
  •  applications can tailor to the form factor and sensor
  •  photo and video import for phones and cameras
  •  dialogs
  •  faster boot
  •  (…) selection
  •  defender
  •  picture password
  •  submit to categories
  •  storage is fast and easy to use
  •  desktop activity moderator
  •  topics
  •  commerce engine – user payment
  •  common devices supported for modern apps
  •  early AV
  •  windows credential vault
  •  snapped apps
  •  remote (…)
  •  automatically (…) based on application UI/language
  •  filter apps that are accessible
  •  core OS suspend – resume (…)
  •  history vault
  •  on demand scrollbar
  •  windows boot experience
  •  retail upgrade media for windows 8
  •  dev portal – developer sign up and payment
  •  deep links
  •  automatic maintenance
  •  one-time password authentication
  •  bitlocker pre-provisoning
  •  file (…)
  •  earl Load anti-malware
  •  NAT support
  •  settings charm contract
  •  improved text prediction
  •  express setup
  •  genuine (…)
  •  system navigation
  •  single (…) tunnel
  •  app-to-app picker contract
  •  fast startup experience assessment
  •  wake alarm
  •  application signing
  •  finance reporting portal
  •  search contract
  •  stored value
  •  assessment execution engine
  •  connection manager
  •  windows hardware development center. easy/for partners
  •  windows update. modern updating experience
  •  webcam access
  •  assessment and deployment kit
  •  windows system assessment tool
  •  prompted for purchases – kids abuse
  •  enterprice client evaluation edition
  •  licensing – anti-piracy
  •  receipts
  •  projection
  •  ISO/VHD
  •  secure boot and (…)
  •  account management (…)
  •  (…) notification history
  •  windows server core support
  •  visual styles always on
  •  network connectivity assistant
  •  windows 8 full OS upgrade
  •  payTo contract
  •  file picker
  •  class driver
  •  bitlocker new properties and events
  •  snap contract
  •  DLL (…)

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  • Anonymous

    My favorite feature is #331

    • Anonymous

      It’s DLL planning attack migration

  • Anonymous

    D::::::::
    too many stuff. which is good!

    this makes me want more Windows 8.  even this preview is been amazing, that i dont think i will go back to win7!

  • Anonymous

    D::::::::
    too many stuff. which is good!

    this makes me want more Windows 8.  even this preview is been amazing, that i dont think i will go back to win7!

    • http://twitter.com/slayr007 Nicholas Coulter

      before posting here agian, do one of two things:
      -Learn proper English
      or
      -Speak your Native Language.
      “Too many THINGS**,** which is good” or “Too MUCH stuff. THIS is good”
      “This makes me want Windows 8 EVEN MORE. This preview HAS been SO amazing that I don’t think I will go back to Windows 7.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/thechrisferreira Chris Ferreira

      There are users here from all over the world who want to interact with the community. The poster got their message across…don’t be a jerk.

    • Anonymous

      Muphry’s Law strikes again (it’s spelled correctly, look it up). You spelled “again” wrong. Native is not capitalized. It would be “which are good.”

      So, I think what I’m trying to say is: stop being a jerk. You have no idea if they speak another language, if English is their native tongue, whether they were on a phone, etc.

    • Anonymous

      I’m salivating in anticipation for the beta.  I couldn’t get Windows 8 Dev kit to install as a Hyper-V VM but I’m going to place it on some “real” hardware as soon as possible.

    • Ak4ray

      I was able to get it to run in Workstation 8, I think it runs in ESX5 as well.

  • Anonymous

    tldr

  • Anonymous

    tldr

  • http://www.searingarrow.com AlienSix

    This is massive, it would be nice to get this organized into some categories

    • Anonymous

      And remove some of the duplicate features. I saw many features that could have been combined as improved security.

    • Guest

      Page out of Apple’s marketing book. No feature is too minor to include separately.

  • http://www.searingarrow.com AlienSix

    This is massive, it would be nice to get this organized into some categories

  • Anonymous

    Liked W8 DP on my laptop very much. But I want the full touch experience so I just ordered an Acer W500 W7 tablet ($500) to play around with. Can’t wait!

    • http://twitter.com/LachlanCMcLeod Lachlan C McLeod

      i wonder if it increases the battery life at all?

    • Anonymous

      The final release probably will, but I’m not banking on any battery life improvement with betas.

    • Anonymous

      It uses less ram and puts apps to suspend mode when inactive. So, battery life should be better. How much will have to be seen.

    • Aaron

      Suspending processes will save battery life, but less RAM usage has no effect on battery life.

    • Anonymous

      It uses less ram and puts apps to suspend mode when inactive. So, battery life should be better. How much will have to be seen.

  • http://twitter.com/apseymour Andrew Seymour

    But yet, in the developer preview – I still can’t add network locations as library locations, that’s quite disappointing, hope that changes!

  • http://openid.tomservo.eu/ Tom Servo

    Did you actually read the list before posting it?!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VGQMRQOQYPZHFOGRIZ53F646KU Not ice_fusion.

    This list of features proves that Microsoft knows exactly how to make a list of features. So why, again, is there no official list for the 500+ features in Windows Phone Mango?

    As for Win8… anyone know what pre-install is?

  • http://twitter.com/oolong2 oolong2

    “Always On Always Connected” is the feature that REALLY needs to be talked more about. 

    Was there anymore information on this during any of the BUILD sessions?

    PS.  “Integrated Load Balancing”?  seriously?

    • Anonymous

      Intgrated Load Balancing is for network controllers, so if you have two of them connected Windows now has build in tools that helps balance the transfer load between then.

  • http://twitter.com/oolong2 oolong2

    “Always On Always Connected” is the feature that REALLY needs to be talked more about. 

    Was there anymore information on this during any of the BUILD sessions?

    PS.  “Integrated Load Balancing”?  seriously?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1618268197 Timothy Neinheart

    Hey guys, my eyes are blurred, but is there any option that kills off the start screen and return me my favourite start menu?

    • Guest
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    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mitch-Foster/100000527225418 Mitch Foster

      Hahaha!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mitch-Foster/100000527225418 Mitch Foster

      Hahaha!

    • Guest

      10/10 for creativity on that reply! I’ll go another 10 if you explain how you did it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1618268197 Timothy Neinheart

      Fail to answer the quesion, mine is “Is the option exist within the list?” not “How to axe the Start Screen”.

      By the way, creative come-back! Let me bing “How to bing it for me”

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    • Anonymous

      oh, I have the solution for your problem if you want the old start menu… what about keep using windows 7!

      wow… you knew what it looked like, every computer Microsoft showed in the Keynote…. wait, Build conference! had the same tile menu, and you still downloaded it and install it and now ask for something they wont even read here?… and of course they wont even listen to you.

      of course my point again… you knew how it looked like, how it worked like… so if you don’t like it, simply, go back to windows 7, or xp, or osx, or whatever. it wont change the fact the new UI will be like that. yeah, and i like it… and its not like i go there every 3 seconds, but when i go there i like the new experience it gives me. win key now its useful… before it was an option, now its fun to use.
      anyway both UIs aren’t finished at all… so what about wait for a Beta, or RC or RTM… then SEE how it looks like and work, and then if you like it buy it, install it and use it.

      you sound like you will die because of the new UI. and no, you wont die. if you want so bad your favorite start menu, there is Win7 for a long time.

    • Dotlex

      Reall liked your comment. So logical =D

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1618268197 Timothy Neinheart

      Yes I love the metro, but it is sluggish on desktops.

      Well, there is options that need to dig in the registry, it would be very foolish of Microsoft if they don’t make it easy to be accessed by non-professional end users.

      Because this is a development build that changing back would be a missing feature that Microsoft did not get to show. So that is the function I expected to have in beta, or RC, or RTM. That’s the expected feature. My point is, I’m not asking this for now, but for the future. I won’t die, I promise. I’m no skeptics either, I applaud the ribbons. What I’m looking toward to is something more non-touch friendly. Because I don’t want to touch my widescreen sitting on the desk, that would make my hand numbs. 

      Let’s see how long does it take to axe Windows 7 like it once did with Windows XP.

      By the way, why holding too much grudge? It’s winrumors, and if there’s someone you need to harsh at, it’s ArrowSmith. Wow, there is just soo many big fan of metro arround. I am too, but not that big.

    • http://twitter.com/J88NYr Jonny Rose

      Using it on my desktop right now (22″ touchscreen) slick as anything, not sluggish at all.

    • Penta2100

      Thats a touchscreen. on regular laptops and desktops theres a bulky bar. its ugly. i wish they would at least include touch pad gestures too….

    • Guest

      Sluggish? You’re fucked in the head.

    • türkgü_cccü

      You sound like:
      1. Metro is the be-all-end-all interface,
      2. that Microsoft is no longer taking suggestions for the final UI (just wait for the beta/rc/rtm
      passively??),
      3. that everyone should use Windows like you,
      4. and that anyone who raises their criticism for it should just bugger off to win7, xp, osx, etc. 

      Well, last time I checked, Microsoft is still accepting suggestions, recommendations and even constructive criticism, not just blind praises. Thank god the people at Microsoft are not like you. Otherwise, we’ll end up with a company that’s no different from Apple.

    • Anonymous

      haha, so… is Windows 8 tomorrow released?… NO, will it get better? yes, do you think they aren’t listening? i think they are, but its stupid to ask for something that you know wont happen. like i say, you want old start menu, keep using Windows 7.
      its not like they didn’t show all the NEW start menu can do, he complains about it, then why did he or anyone download it? just to complain about something that they already knew about?…

      obviously it will get better, not eveyone wants to win + q to get apps and then right click and then pin them into start menu. do i like that? no, but its not even Beta.

      I myself, like the new UI. and I know it needs to improve its not like i will not install beta or rc or buy it when times come. but its not like i will freak out for it not working like i want in some stuff.

      seriously, its like someone asking for 16 bit support, so its ok now everyone asking for old features?? they are working hard for a new UI for tablets and PC. so i will go to Microsoft blogs and ask for it because i think it should be in Windows just because i want it to be? if i wanted 16 bit support then why i upgraded to win7 or now win8??
      but now its ok people ask for 16 bit support, for fat32 as file system, for old Windows defender… just because people cant accept change, and then forget they can choose NOT TO upgrade.

      and what? people should use Windows the way they want i dont care… but you need to use win key alot in Windows 8. if you dont know that… then dont talk about that. how do you get to apps then? the only way its win + Q. how do you switch between UIs… WIN KEY, how do you find something, WIN + F. how do you switch bewteen the Snap window thing? ctrl, win tab… how do you switch bewteen languages? win + space. thats not what i tell people to do, its what you have to do if you want a nice experience, for now. hope they fix alot of stuff.

      so asking for a new start screen ITS NOT feedback, its just people ranting because they want a new versión with old stuff that wont be there… and honestly ACCEPT it, too much noise about the new UI to be able to change it back to old start menu? that sounds stupid no?. so thats not feedback. like i said, its like asking for 16 bit support!
      but hey… i guess its aceptable since you said that ;)

    • Schnur
    • Anonymous

      I know. but because its a developer preview :P. its not like they will let you do that in final release. because like i said… you saw all computers with new start screen, they talked like 90% about it. ballmer said it was a risk, they keep mention it works well with mouse and keyboard which i agree. (but it needs to obviously improve).

      i don’t know if they will let this hack later or they will remove all that. but the new UI will be metro, want it or not. but its silly to ask for something that will be changed, so i can go now and ask for 16 bit support? or my point is not as valid as old start menu? we have to embrace change or stay behind the change. of course giving a good feedback and suggestions to what is new and what can be improved. but not keep saying “i don’t like it so i want old start menu back” because there is windows 7 for a long time. sinc they wont stop supporting it tomorrow

    • Guest

      Nice rant

    • Penta2100

      I like the boot. thats why i wanna switch

    • Guest

      Yeah, it’s called Luddite mode.

    • Guest

      Hey relax, don’t be so harsh.

    • Schnur
    • http://twitter.com/J45PER Jamie

      I don’t understand the need for the start menu on Windows 8, the only thing I used on it was search and on the start screen of Windows 8 if you start to type it does an auto search still.

    • http://twitter.com/J45PER Jamie

      I don’t understand the need for the start menu on Windows 8, the only thing I used on it was search and on the start screen of Windows 8 if you start to type it does an auto search still.

  • Anonymous

    I have a few huh???s to ask about…

    great webcam experience – What does that mean?
    webcam access – Isn’t that the same as above?
    visual studio professional – Is this now a feature of Windows? Included? Free?

    What do these mean?
    Consumer refund? Can we now get a refund on the price Windows when buying a PC?
    Exclusive? Huh? How is this a feature?
    windows 8 full OS upgrade? Huh? Were partial OS upgrades ever possible?

    And aren’t the following all part of Windows already?
    Browser
    OEM Activation
    Desktop Apps
    Files Folders Search
    Factory reset
    HTML5 video control
    Windows logon
    music player
    video player…

    • Anonymous

      they are? they obviously update features, so they didn’t get to the new way the will be implemented. music/video player is WMP, and possibly zune, but they will obviously make a metro version to match the rest of the UI. duh?

    • Anonymous

      Usually when there’s an update, companies announce them as such, with a readily understandable differentiator.. When iTunes update are announced, a new version number is announced with it. Was it so hard to add 3.0 to OEM Activation 3.0?

      video player???? Why not say Windows Media Player with Zune? Do they have no pride in their product brands?

      And please explain Exclusive.

    • SleepyTimeIsHere

      Understandably, it can be confusing reading such vague items on the list.  You should take into account the fact that composing the list to fit on that screen in which they displayed it meant they couldn’t expand as much on the details of everything they listed.

      The preview was for Windows 8, not necessarily for the specifics listed above.  That can be why they just wanted to mention everything else that they either recreated from scratch or heavily updated with just one or two words, such as “OEM Activation” as opposed to ___ ___ version __.

    • Anonymous

      How can you excuse them for being so lazy as to put in thinks like “video player”? Not even Windows Media Player… Just video player. Not even capitalized properly.

      How long does it take to edit a list of features for a developer’s conference? Don’t they know that people will scrutinize their every move? This IS 2011, and we’ve been increasingly scrutinizing tech related events over the least 20 years, especially with the explosive proliferation of blogs like this.

      The size of the screen cannot be used as an excuse. They could have published a full list of new features (sorry… updated features) elsewhere, and simply put a “300+ features” screen up with a good partial list, and then “… plus over 100 more”. It would have sufficed. This method, to me, is just laziness. video player….

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1618268197 Timothy Neinheart

      You forgot the “genuine” and the “refund”.

      Well, just round it up to 300+, everone wants big number. LOL

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1618268197 Timothy Neinheart

      You forgot the “genuine” and the “refund”.

      Well, just round it up to 300+, everone wants big number. LOL

    • Guest

      In the time it took you to write that comment you could have searched for the answers yourself, you lazy prick.

    • Guest

      In the time it took you to write that comment you could have searched for the answers yourself, you lazy prick.

    • Anonymous

      Oh wise one… do tell us where to find these wonderful descriptions, since you’re so all knowing, Mr. Anonymous.

    • http://www.andicrook.com Andrew Crook

      “Support for ipv4-only servers”

      Can you please explain?

    • Anonymous

      I guess factory restore discs are different. It just seems like a really old and already executed idea.

    • Guest

      Really. What OS currently allows me to reset to factory fresh while keeping my data?

    • Anonymous

      Excellent reply. That is one thing I hadn’t considered. It’s nice to see there are people who can respond with actual answers rather than emotional outbursts.

      If it restores the OS to factory install, while retaining user data, that’s a great feature. Not to nitpick though, what about user customizations and settings? Would those be reset too?

    • Guest
    • Anonymous

      I wouldn’t call it an “amazing” feature. No Unix system requires regular reinstalls. I’ve had my Macs for 5 years now and have never done one. With my Windows systems over the last 20 years, it has been a regular problem. Creating a kludgy answer to a problem that should not exist is not “amazing”, It’s stupid and lazy.

    • Guest

      Who cares what you’d call it? You said “It just seems like a really old and already executed idea.” I challenged you provide another OS that has a similar feature. You couldn’t. You were wrong. Deal with it.     

    • Anonymous

      Some challenge… To show another OS that has a feature no other OS needs. What a challenge!

      Install Mac, FreeBSD, SunOS, Solaris, Chrome, or Linux over an old install, and low and behold, all user data remains… It’s like magic. Or, is it that the OS filesystem was designed properly in 1970?

      Enjoy your wonderful feature. Want a rabbit’s foot?

    • Guest

      Awwwe, you showed up here as a troll and blew your credibility and no you’re whining that nobody has time to respond to you in a friendly fashion? Too effing funny.

    • Anonymous

      You comment on places like this to gain credibility? Wow. Talk about high standards.

    • Anonymous

      As I replied to another comment, I was reminded…

      What other OS requires one to even think of restoring to a factory fresh state in the first place?

    • Guest

      Every OS, unless you’re dumb enough to suggest that OS X or Linux users never need to do this.

    • Anonymous

      Show proof, or shut up.

    • SleepyTimeIsHere

      Now you’re just starting an entirely different debate.  Your original point was that it’s not new.  After that was clearly explained, you decide to criticise it for being unnecessary?

      Here’s an answer: what if other OS’s could really use such a feature but just didn’t come across such a brilliant idea?  I’ve come across many issues on every OS out there and needed to completely restore everything to factory settings, which would delete everything including personal files.  Windows offers an amazing alternative, one that I’ve already used and am ecstatic about.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, different debate, but as I thought about it in another post, I felt it deserved mentioning.

      I’ve never had to think about refreshing an OS other than Windows, unless I or another admin messed it up completely by modifying things we shouldn’t have (Slackware Linux), locking myself out or causing it to not boot properly. Never on a production system though.

      “… many issues in every OS out there”? Do you know how many OSes there are “out there”? I have the funny feeling you haven’t even used 15 of them, let alone needed to reinstall them. And the ones you did, I bet it was due to lack of understanding. SELinux comes to mind.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_operating_systems

      Windows is the only OS for which it is well-known that it needs “refreshing” after a period of general use. That requirement should have been tackled, rather than simply making reinstallation easier.

      Incidentally, about an our ago, I was reminded… This “brilliant idea” is a feature of Mac OS Lion, which was released in July.

  • Penta2100

    No Chatter? :(

    • Aaron

      Hopefully they just cant mention it until the Skype deal is done.

    • Penta2100

      Ya. I was really hoping for this one…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Olisaebuka-Maduka/1332058518 Olisaebuka Maduka

    Overwhelmed!

  • bob-zealot

    underwhelmed, looks like it will just be win7 with a metro gui on top

  • bob-zealot

    underwhelmed, looks like it will just be win7 with a metro gui on top

    • Anonymous

      I can’t tell you how stup.., ah, dumb this comment is!

    • Guest

      FO troll.

    • Ff

      fck u mofo

    • Guest

      FO troll.

    • Anonymous

      To actually read the article posted on this site (or any other). If you did you would know that the metro start screen is part of the kernal and not a gui sitting on top of w7.

    • Anonymous

      To actually read the article posted on this site (or any other). If you did you would know that the metro start screen is part of the kernal and not a gui sitting on top of w7.

    • Johnwr29938

      A Picard’s double face-palm would be appropriate for this comment.

    • Anonymous

      Actually it’s the other way around according to MS.  They said the desktop UI (“win7″ to you) is just another app in the Metro start page. Its code doesn’t even get loaded until you elect to enter the desktop mode.

    • Aaron

      That’s better than Chrome OS, which is just a browser on top of …. a browser.

    • Test1ngi23

      It’s actually a browser in top of the Linux kernel.

    • Test1ngi23

      It’s actually a browser in top of the Linux kernel.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve never heard of being “in” top of something.

    • Guest

      Test1ngi23 went to school in Alabama.

    • http://www.andicrook.com Andrew Crook

      “looks like it will just be win7 with a metro gui on top”

      How can it be it has Hyper-V and a updated kernel.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Talbot/608045711 John Talbot

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  • fishkid13

    Windows 8 is awesome can’t wait to get my hands on a tablet. 

  • fishkid13

    Windows 8 is awesome can’t wait to get my hands on a tablet. 

  • John M Cary

    I can’t find anything about the protogon file system.

  • Anonymous

    How humanly possible to read the lines!

  • Anonymous

    How humanly possible to read the lines!

  • Anonymous

    How humanly possible to read the lines!

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully they get rid of wnp and replace it with zune.

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully they get rid of wnp and replace it with zune.

    • Anonymous

      If they do they’ll have to do som major improvements on Zune, like being able to add videos to a playlist.

    • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

      And general performance, its slow, takes ages to start.. 

    • Anonymous

      To be fair, it’s like light speed compared to iTunes/

    • Clarence Ho

      personally i just hate Zune, i’m staying with Win Mo 6.5 just to avoid Zune after downloading it for windows 7.
      things i hate:
      -no speed (it takes ages to start up, even iTunes is sometimes more fast)
      -overall layout (it’s ,just like windows 8, made for mobile platforms)
      -moving the tiles when moving over them (distracting/ hard to aim before moving the cursor)
      -always active (it’s constantly using your processor even when you close it)
      -it’s basically a downgrade because it lost features like controlling speed.
      -while playing a video displaying options on the video instead of a sidebar or a bar below.
      and more

      things i like:
      -it’s good for nearly blind people
      -it’s better to use for people who use 1% of their brain instead of 10%
      -podcast available for Zune

      ps it’s wmp (windows media player), not wnp

    • Anonymous

      Absolutely not. You home users may be okay with it, but WMP is used in many business deployment as a simple default media player without all the bells and whistles. It would look really stupid to launch a big purple Zune program just to show a short video clip in a business app/presentation. If they create a simple WMP-like mode for Zune, that may work though.

    • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

      I see where you are coming from, but Windows 8 is more for home use 

    • Anonymous

      That’s wrong, it’s just as much designed for business use as any version of Windows.

    • Grs_dev

      @Sebianoti:disqus please do not make statements that are incorrect without precluding them with words such as “I thought…” or “Correct me if I am wrong, but…”

      Windows 8 is not more for home use. It’s an embrace of home and work converging. More and more people are working from home these days does that mean that your house is more of a business place now? No! Similarly, Windows 8 is growing with the social changes and demand.

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully they get rid of wnp and replace it with zune.

  • http://www.about.me/AngeloGopaul Eingoluq

    phew…I found the comments section, my index finger need a rest.

  • http://www.about.me/AngeloGopaul Eingoluq

    phew…I found the comments section, my index finger need a rest.

  • http://www.about.me/AngeloGopaul Eingoluq

    phew…I found the comments section, my index finger need a rest.

  • http://www.about.me/AngeloGopaul Eingoluq

    phew…I found the comments section, my index finger need a rest.

  • Deepak Bhakoo

    this is going to be just great. waiting waiting waiting :)

  • fjpoblam

    Hmmm… Nice list, but some of this stuff sounds like a politician’s blather. “Trial”? “Exclusive”? “Search”? “Start”? Eh?

    Understand, I’m not about to dis W8 in advance. It actually sounds promising. But I’ll dis this list, for now: it sounds as if it were written in a room full of PR monkeys wearing suits and patent-leather shoes and surrounded by IT thesauruses. 

    • Guest

      Unlike say OS X Lion’s:

      “Resize from any edge”?

    • fjpoblam

      Nope, not unlike it at all. Same kind of stuff. They ALL do it. (So do the politicians. In my state, they all promised to end all corruption. Hah!) Features, schmeatures.

    • fjpoblam

      Nope, not unlike it at all. Same kind of stuff. They ALL do it. (So do the politicians. In my state, they all promised to end all corruption. Hah!) Features, schmeatures.

    • fjpoblam

      Nope, not unlike it at all. Same kind of stuff. They ALL do it. (So do the politicians. In my state, they all promised to end all corruption. Hah!) Features, schmeatures.

    • Aaron

      I think lists like this in general are kind of dumb.  Sadly, PR departments feel they need to impress customers with large numbers  Looking forward to Windows 8 and I don’t need their PR to tell me it has 300, 400, 500, or one billion “new features”.

  • Anonymous

    What a useless list, composed by some monkey.

    • Guest

      Just like your Disqus activity profile, shill.

    • Ff

      yeah fck u mofo fuck off fck wit

    • http://meercat9.com/ Billy Moffat

      I also just read your disqus activity, it seems you’re not quite as able to keep my attention for more than 30 seconds – unlike this article of interesting improvements in Windows 8.

      Yeah, Bush being unable to talk properly is totally the same thing as Obama using an unattractive clip for his Jobs bill…

  • Win8Fanboy

    I think my favorites are “(…) driver (…)”, “(…) selection”, and of course “DLL (…)”.  Not trolling…just wondering where they got this list from.  I am already trying to figure-out which Win7 tablet I am going to buy to upgrade to Win8 dev build.

  • http://w1ngnut.myopenid.com/ w1ngnut

    Great work Tom!!! 

    Man this list is infinite. We could be speculating this till 2020!!!!Windows 8 FTW!

  • http://twitter.com/mattweihl Matthew Weihl

    I’m guessing Microsoft hired the guy who numbers the features for Apple. Most of that list seems like filler.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kmkonline Ko Man Kit

    Too many useless … OEM Activation, OEM Activation 3.0 is a feature? What do normal user use it for? Date/Time is a function? A computer can work without date and time?

    I don’t see this is a feature… 

  • Kjklj

    Cool story bro.

    • SleepyTimeIsHere

      Thanks Olaf.

  • Guest

    people get it wrong. these features may be refreshed old features.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds dumb but I love the customizable help. I am an IT guy in a library and that feature will help greatly. Being able to customize the windows help to my users will make my life SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much easier.

  • Kulbari

    tinyurl.com/Windows8Appearance

  • http://www.andicrook.com Andrew Crook

    I wont Hardware profiles to return

  • Aaron

    I’m starting to wonder if MS should include the ability to set the computer to start up to the desktop.  I personally love the look of the metro interface, but I know some die-hards don’t.  It wouldn’t be hard for MS to enable this, but I guess they see it as a long term strategic goal to convert people to the new paradigm.  Some people may refuse to buy Windows 8 without this ability, so I think they should enable it.  It will sell them more copies in the short term, and I think many of these users, after buying Win8, will give Metro a chance and many will be converted.

  • Peaceful Resignation

    Yeah, huge lists of things that overwhelm, leaving one with no real sense for what it’s worth – Vista all over again.

    Note the number of analysts already indicating that Windows 8 thus far has nothing to offer the enterprise, no reason to consider upgrading from Windows 7.

    And oh, yeah, wait until millions of kids and parents across America find that whatever first attracted them to the idea of a Windows 8 tablet, assuming that’s even possible, they can no longer access those things – that younger consumer crowd Microsoft so wants to woo (gag) – that have attracted them in droves: Club Pengiun, Wizards 101 and others from within the same Metro environment, only from that which looks no different from Windows 7.  Why?  Because all of these things are done in Flash and in his infinite wisdom, Sinofsky has decided there’s no place in Metro IE10 for plugins.

    And I kept telling my children they didn’t need an iPad, didn’t need an Android tablet, because a Windows 8 tablet would be so much better.  Wrong, wrong, wrong and don’t I look like an idiot…

    The consumer market will continue to be dominated by Apple and Google – there’s just no denying that Microsoft’s shown nothing capable of changing that, while at the same time eliminating any corporate interest in their new false messiah.

    So glad Build’s now over – didn’t want this to be the case, but knowing, as I do now, that Windows 8 is DBA (dead before arrival), there’s a certain peacefulness to knowing it’s doomed and that like Allchin before him, Sinofsky’s on the fast track to being fired.

    Wake me when Scott Guthrie’s been called upon to get Redmond back on track…

    • Guest

      Lame.

  • Ray_k75

    Use MAC is you don’t like windows 8 and stop crying like little girls 

  • Aa

    After few days with preview build:Lake of reasonable metro apps in the Dev preview seems to bring disappointment; i know this is dev preview to motiviate developers to start developing apps, but as a non-developer early tester bit disappointed.
    They even held back email clients and so………there are no reasonable app(other than IE) that is in dev preview that i think will stay for final version. The other remaining tiles are just a bunch of games, which you may use once to check it out. Eg: they could have made a metro calculator app instead of useless piano app, seriously.
    And who the hell in microsoft choose green background for first release; the bgcolor color in D9 preview build was so cool. Same applies to tiles organization too.
    Anyway, i am not sure whether Win8 is going to fligh high with desktop users, i personally find it hard. But this is the best in market for tablets atleast; this is a huge bet microsoft is making that PC/laptop are soon on its way out, and so the UI focused on touch is the future.

  • http://twitter.com/vj_k Vijay Krishnamoorthy

    Windows 8 metro browser redifines browsing experience. Whether you use on tablet or PC, it gives utmost importance to real estate.

  • Bla

    What do all the “(…)” mean?

  • Redmond Imploding

    Jim Allchin for Steve Sinofsky on line 1…

    “Dude… Wow, I didn’t think anyone could hose the next version of Windows worse than I did with Vista, but you’re making me look like an expert in quantum mechanics and I want you to know how greatly I appreciate two things – first, that you’ve worked hard to redeem me despite the debacle that got me fired and I know that’s taken a lot of effort and second, given we both know that Windows 8 hasn’t a chance in the consumer market (banning plugins from Metro IE10 was a brilliantly hideous mistake even I couldn’t have imagined, something right up there with Nixon approving the Watergate break-in) and given you’ve offered nothing to corporate America except nonsensical uncertainty, Windows 8 is DBA (dead before arrival) – so, all of this meaning, you’re a certain target for elimination, with Scott Guthrie getting ready to move into your office, I want you to know that I there for you, dude.  Whataya say?  Resume party, my house on Sunday?”

    • Guest

      Your brain is imploding.

  • Gnimelf

    My. What a wonderful list of words. And precisely what does this mean? In terms of actual functionality in Windows? Will it allow me to join a local network without driving myself insane? Or will it just add a tabletly screen on the home screen to try to fool me into thinking it’s finished booting?
    I can understand the need to get a scoop….but this article should have been titled: “300 words that may mean something when Windows 8 comes out”.

    • http://meercat9.com/ Billy Moffat

      My, what a wonderfully useless comment. It’s a shame you didn’t get anything out of it, but many of us found it insightful. Furthermore, unlike most news about Windows 8 this week, you’re unlikely to find the exact same details plastered over 20 different sites. 

  • Matthewmsft

    Eh. I’ve gotten bored with Windows 7. HP shipped my laptop with four partitions (system recovery, etc) so i can’t do anything there :( just gonna overwrite my Win 7 partition :/

  • http://xavierho.com @Xavier_Ho

    I’m sorry, but this list is rubbish. Task manager? Parental controls? If someone actually reads the list, you’ll see that there are many features that are already in Windows 7 and before.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1797073453 Adam Sack

    whoever made this list should suck my fucking dick

  • Steven Sinofsky (MS)

    Good job detectives!

  • Anonymous

    Honestly, what’s the problem here? If you don’t want Windows 8 then buy Windows 7! Windows 7 will still be sold for another 2-3 years.

  • Cheeseshit

    You better not fucking dis ALABAMA-Gump ride or die