Microsoft to show off Windows 8 next week, what are you looking forward to?

Next week Microsoft will unveil the remaining details behind its upcoming Windows 8 platform. We have already seen a look at what the tablet interface will look like, but the desktop environment still has many secrets to be announced.

Neowin will be at the BUILD conference which runs from 9.13 to 9.16 and will be bringing the information to you as it happens. The event will showcase what Microsoft has been working on for the past couple of years and will present their vision of the next generation of the desktop.

Over the past year, we have learned a lot about Windows 8, from official sources as well as builds that have leaked out. Despite the leaks, Microsoft has effectively kept most of the features under cover for now. While new code names and peeks at the Metro look and feel have been spotted, this is all trivial to the bigger changes Microsoft may have in store for its consumers.

Now that we are less than a week away, what are you looking forward too? Are you hoping to see a revolutionary new desktop, cloud integration, or something else?

Microsoft is betting big on Windows 8, the tablet interface shows their bold new approach along with their Windows Phone platform provide a glimpse at a unified UI. With a tag line on the official BUILD website of “In 1995, Windows changed the PC. BUILD will show you that Windows 8 changes everything”, you know they have something big up their sleeve.

So Neowin, what are you looking forward too?

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I hope to hear about how SkyDrive Wave 5 will be integrated in Windows 8. The added ISO feature is also a big plus. I know the ribbon will take some getting used to like it did in Office, but it gets easier once you get to know it.

Did you notice that from 0:38 to about 0:51 on the upper right side of the video, all of that is blurred out?

Could someone give reasons why?

Is that a middle finger doing all the touch-screen pointing at the new interface? Where does the mouse and keyboard entries fit in all of this? The absence of any mention of those mechanisms doesn't leave one with any kind of "warm and fuzzy" feeling.

b_roca said,
Wow it's going to be a rush fitting all this in in 3 minutes!!! o_O

They will show a video at x40 normal playback speed, and allow people to just play it back slower later to properly ingest all the info.

drazgoosh said,
Looking forward to the .iso mounting function and UI CAN'T WAIT!!!

.iso mounting intergrated into win8? wow, cool.

Hyper-V 3.0 in both the desktop and server lines. Hoping they really did v3 "right" so it works well in a desktop environment that will lack SCVMM. This alone may make me drop Windows 7 the moment the first real beta/rc becomes available.

I am personally crossing my fingers and hoping for real DirectX 11 functionality within a VM on desktops.

mikeleo said,
Just make it stable and no need for new drivers and hardware.

New hardware will require new drivers; however, unless a IHV or developer took liberties/shortcuts, 7 drivers will work with 8 in darn near every case. Reason - the driver model, even for graphics, is still pretty much unchanged from 7 to 8 (or in reality, even from Vista to 8); the bigger change was from XP to Vista.

App Store. Let me write once (with some minor changes) and sell on Windows App Store, Windows Phone Marketplace, and Xbox Live Indie Games...that's all I want and I'm sure I will have. XNA FOREVER (been in xna since beta, crazy seeing how much it's been used since then)

INTEGRATION, CONSOLIDATION, XBOX NO-REMOTE, TABLETS, USABLE SKYDRIVE, BILL GATES IN GOOD HEALTH. Thats all. Too much to ask for? Time for MS to start DELIVERING MORE than what we ask for. Their future depends on it.

I'm interested in how they plan to differentiate the SoC and x86 versions of Windows. Because the new ARM version will not automatically be compatible with the software we are using now. The introduction of 64-bit versions did cause some confusion on customers despite the back-compatibility with 32-bit. With Windows 8 things could be more confusing because there will be more platforms, and two possible scenarios how u can use them (with mouse or touch):

- SoC/ARM version, 32bit, mouse and/or touch
- x86, 32bit, mouse and/or touch
- x86, 64bit, mouse and/or touch

Because it may be possible for OEMs to create ARM desktops/notebooks without touch, this would make 6 different "versions" of Windows with only HTML5 apps and some .Net compatibility. How will they tell costumers which software will work on what machine? Will we see a "family" of a new OS: Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Touch 8, Windows Server 8?

Can't wait!

tiadimundo said,
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I suspect it will be covered under the 'designed for windows' logo program whereby a software vendor needs to ship both ARM and x86 on the same media and let the installer figure it out.

No logo means no ARM support.

Just my guess.

tiadimundo said,
I'm interested in how they plan to differentiate the SoC and x86 versions of Windows. Because the new ARM version will not automatically be compatible with the software we are using now. The introduction of 64-bit versions did cause some confusion on customers despite the back-compatibility with 32-bit. With Windows 8 things could be more confusing because there will be more platforms, and two possible scenarios how u can use them (with mouse or touch):

- SoC/ARM version, 32bit, mouse and/or touch
- x86, 32bit, mouse and/or touch
- x86, 64bit, mouse and/or touch

Because it may be possible for OEMs to create ARM desktops/notebooks without touch, this would make 6 different "versions" of Windows with only HTML5 apps and some .Net compatibility. How will they tell costumers which software will work on what machine? Will we see a "family" of a new OS: Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Touch 8, Windows Server 8?

Can't wait!


Not only that but because its 'windows' people will think their software packages will install on it, just like they did for windows 7. The consumer didnt need to know their computer was 64bit because if it was, it would run ANYTHING for windows. now if you have ARM in your tablet or ultraportable laptop it wont run ANYTHING, but stuff made ONLY for ARM. its going to be frustrating, apple remedied that with Rosetta, but microsoft wont be able to do that since ARM isnt as powerful as your dual core 2.0ghz x64 amd or intel processor.

Nexus- said,
now if you have ARM in your tablet or ultraportable laptop it wont run ANYTHING, but stuff made ONLY for ARM.

That only applies to unmanaged code. Managed assemblies will run on any hardware and OS that the platform is available for, no special builds required. Build once, run everywhere.

I am anxious to see a Win8 beta/RC, I'll run it in a VM first and then decide if reimaging my tablet is a good idea or not.

Oh man can wait to see. I wont be doing much of the touch stuff but i like some of the Explorer stuff I saw on the B8 blog.

Can't wait

All is silent at the Sinofsky's blog. This is creating a lot of anticipation. Lot of posts after posts, and now nothing for a few days.

I'm most looking forward to the fact that if Microsoft plays its cards right, then the 1 ft touch UI and 10ft couch UI will be the same, meaning more people for developers to target and higher quality apps.

Plus, I want to breathe new life into my HTPC!

From reading the building Windows 8 blog, they've already added a couple of minor additions that make a world of difference to me. Things like copy-path being there by default, or the open command prompt here option without having to install or click anything extra. Simple, yet bloody useful.
It's almost as if Microsoft are pushing the desktop end more towards advanced users (and by advanced, I mean just about anyone on this site, as opposed to your grandmother who can barely use the mouse) while pitching Metro for more basic users. This suits me just fiiiiine and I can't wait to see what else they have in store.

give me gpu usage and gpu ram usage in task manager-performance. Give me tabs in windows explorer. Give me built-in VP8/WebM support and built-in Silverlight too.

torrentthief said,
give me gpu usage and gpu ram usage in task manager-performance. Give me tabs in windows explorer. Give me built-in VP8/WebM support and built-in Silverlight too.

+1 - Tabs in Explorer are WAY overdue

wotsit said,
+1 - Tabs in Explorer are WAY overdue

Kind of a "meh" personally, not terribly useful, and why wait, you can get it now. Now a toggle for a second pane on the other hand..

I'm looking forward to the general UI styling, hoping for a metro-ish look for the whole OS. I'm getting a bit sick of the gaudy Aero theme.

floopydoodle said,
I'm looking forward to the general UI styling, hoping for a metro-ish look for the whole OS. I'm getting a bit sick of the gaudy Aero theme.
Wouldn't have too much hopes for that. They may just show a boring looking Windows Developer Preview with designs we already know. A more final new look may show up when they release a public beta. Maybe early next year?

I hope they give some serious attention to the whole Live-Skydrive-Mesh conglomeration. They have some really nice features there (25Gb free storage!), but the integration is horrible.

gark said,
I hope they give some serious attention to the whole Live-Skydrive-Mesh conglomeration. They have some really nice features there (25Gb free storage!), but the integration is horrible.

Argumentation?

gark said,
I hope they give some serious attention to the whole Live-Skydrive-Mesh conglomeration. They have some really nice features there (25Gb free storage!), but the integration is horrible.
Now that would be really nice! Win8 news, demos, and downloads are expected. Seeing them polish SkyDrive would be a very nice surprise.

SkyDrive Explorer is handy, I tried it awhile back but a true MS offering that is supported would be preferred.

I want to know more about the new windows explorer and aero interface refinement. I dont care one bit about the metro interface.

Looking forward to seeing if they are going to work out a roaming profile type setup, with it syncing to the cloud and then be available to any Windows box i use.

Interested in some of the metro stuff as well as the new explorer stuff, the new file copy etc.. looks good.

I just hope they continue with refining now and not try anything too ambitious. Ive used Win7 since beta and it's been rock solid, powerful (aero peek etc..) and very productive, def the the best since win2000, so more of the same

ACTIONpack said,
I'm waiting to see Bill Gates to show up.

Oh yes! Would love to see that happen.
And I would also like to see some funny Microsoft video, taking a jab at the rest of the competition.

Im definitely looking forwards to seeing the Regular Desktop interface. I'm not going to be using the tiles, so I am interested to see if it is worth making the jump up from 7.

You do know you will have to disable it because unless your a corporate customer it will be on by default. It replaces the start menu. I also wish sites like neowin would quit calling it the tablet interface, because its touch first, not touch optimized. It will work just as well with a keyboard and mouse and to call it the tablet interface is misleading.

bdsams said,
I cant wait to see the cross platform unification between phone, tablet, desktop and xbox

Big +1 for that, along with the new Visual Studio.. can use one IDE and language for everything? Yes please.

bdsams said,
I cant wait to see the cross platform unification between phone, tablet, desktop and xbox

Ditto. If Microsoft really pulls off something like that, they are going to have one heck of a platform. Instead of Microsoft making specialty apps for the 360 like Netflix and Facebook, 3rd parties should be doing it themselves. And a lot of those apps would look work ridiculously well on a "tablet" interface too.

bdsams said,
I cant wait to see the cross platform unification between phone, tablet, desktop and xbox

I'm a little bit concerned how this will work on every platform. It seems they want Live Tiles everywhere no matter if it is meaningful or the best solution. That's not what Metro was about. For instance: navigating a grid of Live Tiles via controller or keyboard is less efficient than what we have now in the Start Menu (one dimensional list) or Xbox dashboard + Media Center (two dimensional lists).