Microsoft is hard at work on its next major operating system. With Windows 8 due out in 2012, the closer we get to the product launch, the more information will surface about the included features.
A Chinese site, Win7china, (via windows8beta.com) has landed new information about what Microsoft will be including in the next major Windows release. The site states that Windows 8 will have a factory restore feature that will return the computer to its factory state in under 2 minutes and that the installation time of Windows 8 M3 took 8 minutes to install. This install time is approximately 2.5 times faster than Windows 7.
The factory restore feature will not require a disk to be inserted to accomplish this task and the required hard disk space to do this is said to be minimal.
The Chinese site also confirmed several other items that we knew would be incorporated into Windows 8 including an app store and the ability to log in using Windows Live ID. The picture below was also leaked that shows the Windows Live ID login in the task bar that confirms the Windows Live ID login.
The mouse taskbar tile is highlighted because Windows 8 now shows driver installation progress.