There are a lot of rumors around the net about what will be offered in the new up coming Windows 8, many of which look cool and inspiring. Here are 10 of them, not in particular order, that I really like, addition to the Tile-based Windows 7 Phone type of user interface, which most of us already saw in their first hand demo.
1. User Account Roaming
Well, this is not new but what is new in Windows 8 is that you can roam your user profile to the cloud along with your own Windows Live account. Not sure how this is going to address the corporate network, but it does sound like the Windows Live cloud might be able to play as a domain controller in a way to move corporate to the cloud based computing.
2. The New Windows Explorer
The Ribbon finally arrives in Windows Explorer, after years ago when it’s firstly introduced in Office 2007. Whether you like it or not, Ribbon seems to be the way to go as a Windows user interface. I like it.
The new Windows Explorer also finally allow you to drag a file and drop it to a folder listed in the address bar. A missing piece has finally been found.
3. Restore to Factory Settings
Restoring Windows system back to factory settings is nothing new. Almost all manufactories have included the recovery disc in every new computer sold that can already to do that. But an option restoring back to factory settings on only systems not user data is what I am really looking forward to.
4. ISO mounting
Finally, another long missing piece has been found. Why took so long? Now, one more 3rd party tool will be eliminated on my computer.
5. SmartScreen on Windows
SmartScreen built in Internet Explorer 8 & 9 look like will be emerged not only in IE but in OS itself as well. This will be interesting to see whether or not this will be the anti-virus piece out of the box. It also can be used as a File Download Verifier.
6. History Vault
This Microsoft version of Time Machine is a better version of Shadow Copy? Sound like it is.
7. Better Reading Experience
Not only does Microsoft finally developed its own version of PDF reader, but is the modern reader also an eReader that utilizes the new AppX application package type.
8. Portable Workspace
Basically, it’s a feature that allows user to run Windows system right from a USB storage device. A portable office indeed. Really, if you can have all your application and data stored on an encrypted flash drive and are able to run on any computers why would you still need a cloud service?
Windows 8 supports running windows from USB storage device
9. Xbox Media Service in Windows
No surprise at all, considering the huge success Microsoft made on Gaming area with their extremely demanded Xbox.
10. App store
Well, even though I am not a huge fan of this, an Windows app store seems inevitable, all because of the huge success on Apple’s App Store.
That’s all for the day. Huge thanks to Michael Pietroforte who maintained a very up-to-date list of The Complete Windows 8 Rumor List. We sure will exam them all once the beta comes out.