New Windows 8 user interface codenamed ‘Wind’?

By Tom Warren, on 8th Dec 10 11:29 pm with 41 Comments

Windows 8 will have two separate interfaces according to recent rumors.

Italian based windows8italia reports that Microsoft’s next-generation Windows operating system will be 32-bit and 64-bit with two separate interfaces. Windows8italia says that the main interface will be codenamed “Wind” and will initially only be supported by high-end notebook and desktop PCs with dedicated video cards. The site claims the interface will require around 170MB of video memory. “Wind” will only activate on 64-bit copies of Windows 8 and will be fully 3D.

The site goes on to explain that Wind will be “fully dynamic” and able to adapt to user habits. Icons and shortcuts will adapt to different usage scenarios to speed up daily tasks. Windows 8 is also rumored to include a new fast hibernation system. The system will hibernate in around three to six seconds and save all open documents and running tasks.

Take the rumors with a pinch of salt but remind yourself that the very same folks leaked a number of Windows 8 slides earlier this year. The speculation follows a recent release of NVIDIA’s Quadro 265 driver. The driver specifically references a new kernel with the number 6.2 (Windows 7 is 6.1) and includes references to Windows 8:

; NVIDIA Windows Vista / 7 / 8 (64 bit) Display INF file
DiskID1 = “NVIDIA Windows Vista / 7 / 8 (64 bit) Driver Library Installation Disk 1″

Microsoft is currently in the planning and preparation stage for Windows 8. The software giant is expected to share more information and beta bits next year. Steve Ballmer has described the next release of Windows as the company’s “riskiest product bet”. It is understood that Microsoft will feature deep cloud integration into the future OS to realise its vision of “three screens and a cloud”. Microsoft’s Dutch PR team posted in October that Microsoft was “on course for the next version of Windows” and that it would take around “two years before Windows 8 is on the market“.

Thanks for the news tip – @xStephenChapman

  • Anonymous

    Whats the codename for Windows 7 user interface?

    • Grannyville7989

      I don’t believe there was one considering the fact it’s still based around the old Windows 95 interface.

    • ajax

      it is based on vista aero dammit!!!

    • Grannyville7989

      Which is based on XP, which is based on 95.

    • antiufo

      No. XP is based on Windows NT, which has a completely different kernel from Windows 9x.

    • Guest

      Actually XP was based on 2K, which was based on NT. As a side note, people really don’t understand how truly awesome NT turned out to be. Reboots to fix misbehaving apps was next to never, and it was actually really good at running many games. Everything from 2K forward has the soul of NT.

    • Padwick

      I agree, its called continuity. Right back to windows 3.1 but the plebs harking on wouldn’t even remember that. If MS did give them something really revolutionary they’d be moaning its not like windows, that’s the reason they aren’t listened to in the first place. Nothing constructive or relevant to say!

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  • Michael Stanclift

    It doesn’t sound any different than a machine running with AG enabled, vs a machine without it, except that 32-bit will be fully excluded.

    Honestly, I think what they’re going to do in the next version is to be fully 64-bit for general users and the 32-bit version will be left over for netbooks.

    • Anonymous

      I can’t see much difference between 32 and 64, i been using 32 for 1 year, and i got a new laptop and switched to 64 (Windows 7 Ultimate on both)

    • Kevin Siering

      To a normal user, you don’t notice any difference at all till you try to get more than 4 gigs of ram

  • clindhartsen

    With the big push around the ‘Metro’ stuff across Windows Phone, obviously Zune in the past, to an extent XBOX, I wonder if it’ll translate up to 8 in some form. Also, anyone want to take a guess on the name of the next version? I imagine we’ll change again, consistency never really sticks with MSFT (9x > 2k > XP > 2k3 > Vista > 2k8 > 7 > ?)

    • Guest

      You forgot ME and NT, though most consumers didn’t really go for NT. (Believe it or not, NT4 did a really good job at running games. MS probably could have skipped 98/ME and sent everyone to NT long before 2K hit the scene.) 2k3 and 2k8 don’t really count for the consumer line, as those are server products. But yeah, they do seem to change naming schemes often enough.

  • Stephen Chapman

    So, the Windows 8 3D UI is supposedly code named “Wind.” Does that make the non-3D UI code named “ows?”

    “Wind” + “ows”

    HAR HAR!

    • Tom W

      Or is it called Wind because it blows? ;)

    • Stephen Chapman

      LOL. Touche!

    • Denis Wong

      Clever observations. :P

    • Aethec

      No, it’s called Wind because it changes ;)

    • Adolfo Jayme

      What a change!! Aero means wind in English!!

    • xaml

      Aero means air, not wind. And hot air’s a fart. Win to the d.

  • Anonymous

    Why does only 64 bit get Wind? Seems like it’s just a push to get more people on 64bit. (Which would be nice)

  • John Chrisoulakis

    When it fails it will be known as “Breaking Wind”

    • Dhaoracle

      Yea just how Windows 7 has failed huh.. Believe me they know what they are doing if they still hold 90% + of the Market…

    • mih9

      that i was exactly thought, wind’s breaking will be sound good

  • Nithin Ramesh

    Uh not again! someone remember vista???

  • David T Jr

    I am excited about windows 8

  • Sorenkay

    Microsoft would be royally screwing with developers if they didn’t kill off 32-bit support in their next OS…

    • that_id

      Yeah, just like when they finally got rid of the dos command line interfa… oh wait, it’s still there. Nevermind.

    • Padwick

      Just as well, but I suppose you have to know when and how to use it to see the benefit mate.

    • antiufo

      I wish they supported more platforms (both 32 and 64 bit), such as ARM.
      For developers, targeting a 32 or 64 bits system is not much different.

  • GP007

    Oh, it’s named Wind because the full 64bit version will have direct links to the Cloud as well! Remember some of those rumors about Windows getting more integrated with all the Live services etc? I’m probably just reaching hear but the codenames could just be hinting at that.

  • DaMarico Fowler

    Microsoft needs to start pulling together it ecosystem, hopefully if the rumor is true Wind will borrow from Metro. Or better yet Win8 marks a return to a separate consumer version of Windows that competes better with Apple, Linux, and Google

    • Dharoacle

      I am sorry but none of them are any competition to Windows in the Desktop OS they own 90% + of the market and Windows 7′s hold is getting even bigger..

  • TryllZ

    microsofts reign is gettin over….if it needs to get hold of the market, topple apple, then it needs to innovtae products beyond imagination…or m$ is goin down the drain…digg it

    • Dhaoracle

      To who please tell me who they have 90 % of the market and 25% of that is going to Windows 7… Windows Owns the Desktop OS…

    • Padwick

      Sorry mate, you seem to have missed the point. Windows isn’t in the business of directly competing with Apple in endless innovation for the sake of selling yet another re-badged gadget. It’s primarily in the business of providing the world with an operating system on which to conduct financial transactions.

      Apple can release gadgets from here to eternity and it wouldn’t make the slightest difference, the world runs on Windows, sorry mate its just that simple and nothing Apple have done in recent years has changed that.

      So you can run off and buy your latest must have gadget from Apple, safe in the knowledge that you are doing your bit to assist in the demise of the Redmond giant, only don’t be holding you breath mate.

      Just remember, everything that shines isn’t necessarily a diamond.

  • Atmaikelw

    Well, this is good news!

    As both pc and Mac user i’m happy to read Microsoft will finally do something about the horrible current user interface.

    Keep this in your mind Microsoft: K.I.S.S ^^

  • WinDOZE

    This clearly indicates that there is some critical flaw with the existing win7. Lets see what WinDOZE 8 brings along apart from crappy bugs.

  • Anonymous

    Non mi convince, sembra una notizia inventata. Il 2012 sta arrivando.
    L’interfaccia 3D non ha alcun valore di business in questo momento.

    I consumatori di Microsoft non sono mai stati costretti a fare qualsiasi tipo di modifiche hardware. Monitor 3D obbligatori? Forse è la visione di qualche spiritoso in qualche blog. Attenti ai passaparola.

  • Purecrap

    Wait for Windows 9

  • Daniel Hartshorn

    UIm not gonna change to Windows 8 when released because the 3D technology is still going to cost a fortune ill stick with Windows 7

    and KILL OF 32-BIT most new ones are now 64-BIT