Windows 8 Portable Workspace, push notifications & other apps discovered

It was not long ago that Windows 8 build 7850 leaked to the web. While this build is an early compilation of the platform, there is a lot under the hood that remains to be discovered. On that front, users over at MDL have been digging through the latest leak and have come across several new features that have yet to be documented.

The latest information suggests that Microsoft will be incorporating push notifications on to the Windows 8 platform. While this feature has become commonplace on smartphones, its adaption to the desktop environment expands the options for developers and could lead to new uses for the technology.

Other new items discovered are a webcam capture application that is denoted by the images above. This pictures also show off a bit of the Metro design language that Microsoft will be incorporating across Windows 8.

Another key feature to be implemented is the 'Portable Workspace'. This feature will allow you to run Windows 8 from a USB storage device. To use this feature though, you must have Windows 8 Enterprise edition. It would appear that this feature will not be available to most end users but this has not been confirmed to be exclusive to the enterprise platform.

While the build leaked was an early compilation of Windows 8, it does show the direction that Microsoft is heading. Currently, there is a newer build 7950 out in the wild, but it has not leaked in full as of yet.

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Portable workspace....hmm..nothing new, linux distros already doing this well !?!? They should concentrate on speed and small footprint, that would be a revolution.... for windows os at least.

I personally think MS should be concentrating on the core OS and not on applications when it comes to what comes with Windows 8. Expand control over the file system, add spell checking, make tagging universal to any file type. Add the things that other apps just cant do because they cant delve that deep into Windows core. Apps come along every day and they are updated every few months usually. Concentrate on the core system and let us worry about the apps.

16GB minimum for a portable edition? Yikes. I can run Ubuntu or another GNU/Linux as a portable usb OS with only 1GB of storage space.

I can make some distros fit onto a floppy. Still doesn't do me a bit of good if I'm needing to run a Windows application though.

Jen Smith said,
I can make some distros fit onto a floppy. Still doesn't do me a bit of good if I'm needing to run a Windows application though.

Did you seriously say Floppy?
I haven't heard anyone use that form of removable media for ages.

JTaylor69 said,

Did you seriously say Floppy?
I haven't heard anyone use that form of removable media for ages.

FloppyFW, a whole firewall on a 1.44MB floppy disk.

JTaylor69 said,
Did you seriously say Floppy?
I haven't heard anyone use that form of removable media for ages.

I certainly did.. ok so the only drive I have left in the house is in the junk pile somewhere under the 286 boards and IOMega tape drives, but the point is still valid

Jen Smith said,

I certainly did.. ok so the only drive I have left in the house is in the junk pile somewhere under the 286 boards and IOMega tape drives, but the point is still valid

Fair play!
Then again, my SanDisk USB Stick 'died' after 2 uses - a floppy would have lasted more than 2 uses.

Love this, this is a great idea. I hope it will utilize Bitlocker to encrypt, so if you lose your thumb drive, no one can just take it and willy nilly plug into a Windows 8 Ultimate system and copy your data. You probably will need to have a large external hard disk if you plan on carrying a copy of your User Profile around, my own right now weighs in at 14 GBs plus 90 GBs of data, so I don't think this will be suitable for thumb drives.

This will probably be restricted to both Enterprise and Ultimate, although it would be really beneficial all mobile users.

Is portable workspace going to be like a Live USB key ??

The IT support in me would say "Nice", the geek would say "How nice that MS discovered what every Linux distribution provided since 2008"...

Would this not be easier to accomplish by virtualization and, or use of storing a roaming profile on a USB device... like a really large thumb drive (i.e. 256gig or something)? This is actually kind of what this sounds like. I don't see where this creates a separate bootable copy of Windows 8 on bootable media. It looks like a roaming profile and a virtualized application layer.

neufuse said,
is it just me or does all the "metro" stuff look like someone just opened up wingdings and made some icons?

It's not final.

Their Metro stuff reminds me of the style used in Active Desktop on Windows 95/IE 4.0.

I suspect I'll be well sick of it by the time Windows 8 launches.

virtorio said,
Their Metro stuff reminds me of the style used in Active Desktop on Windows 95/IE 4.0.

I suspect I'll be well sick of it by the time Windows 8 launches.

Apples iOS 4 icon views harkens all the way back to the Palm OS which really had it first, I myself have tired of it somewhat and want something a little more flexible for Apple in iOS 5.

I doubt people will make some sort of connection to Windows 95.

Joe05 said,

Apples iOS 4 icon views harkens all the way back to the Palm OS which really had it first, I myself have tired of it somewhat and want something a little more flexible for Apple in iOS 5.

I doubt people will make some sort of connection to Windows 95.


I didn't say people would, all I said was that certain elements remind me of Active Desktop, like in this screenshot: https://lh6.googleusercontent....fQ/VdGPnUkeMSw/s640/ie4.jpg

Not quite sure why you brought up iOS.

This is very promising indeed. Can't wait for next few months leading up to the release of internal builds...Microsoft will continue to spoil us for choice with Windows 7, 8

I think it's a great idea but it's going to require the user to have the same version of Windows 8 as the thumb drive due to the plethora of multiple drivers available for any machine (so just a portable user profile/program files in reality, not an entire OS).

As far as the Mac OS being portable, I wouldn't think the drivers issue would be as bad as Windows being it's all the same MFG.

Tech Greek said,
I think it's a great idea but it's going to require the user to have the same version of Windows 8 as the thumb drive due to the plethora of multiple drivers available for any machine (so just a portable user profile/program files in reality, not an entire OS)..

Since it requires 16 GB, it looks like it's a complete Windows 8 install and not just a portable user profile ;-)

This is great, I think Windows 7 was polishing the OS to what it could be and now their adding all the new features in. Very nice, I'm looking forward to getting to play with it.

You can install Mac OS X on practically everything as long as you have enough free space available. Doesn't matter if it's a USB stick, SDHC card, FireWire HDD, iPod or whatever. Not entirely sure why you can't do the same with Windows. I'm even less sure why this has to be limited to the Enterprise edition alone.

.Neo said,
You can install Mac OS X on practically everything as long as you have enough free space available. Doesn't matter if it's a USB stick, SDHC card, FireWire HDD, iPod or whatever. Not entirely sure why you can't do the same with Windows. I'm even less sure why this has to be limited to the Enterprise edition alone.

This is not an "install on any device you want" feature, but a portable desktop feature, where you can move your files and settings around from machine to machine as easily as plugging in a thumbdrive.

Want your home desktop to be like your work desktop? Export your workspace to a thumbdrive and plug that into the other computer and BOOM, your settings n stuff are there
//At least that's what it seems to be trying to do

.Neo said,
You can install Mac OS X on practically everything as long as you have enough free space available. Doesn't matter if it's a USB stick, SDHC card, FireWire HDD, iPod or whatever. Not entirely sure why you can't do the same with Windows. I'm even less sure why this has to be limited to the Enterprise edition alone.

You can install Windows on any hard drive to, to my knowledge. I've done it on a variety. But this feature does seem very cool. Get a nice 120GB high perf USB Stick and have basically a laptop on-the-go.

Can you take that storage device from where your OS X is installed to and plug it into another Mac and have it boot off of it there? That's what Microsoft is attempting here.

It seems a bit strange that Apple would allow that, seeing as they put a lot of restrictions on their OS.

.Neo said,
You can install Mac OS X on practically everything as long as you have enough free space available. Doesn't matter if it's a USB stick, SDHC card, FireWire HDD, iPod or whatever. Not entirely sure why you can't do the same with Windows. I'm even less sure why this has to be limited to the Enterprise edition alone.

Yeah but then how much hardware would it boot upon? This would boot on much anything. You try getting OS X to run on Non-Apple Hardware without tons of modification.

.Neo said,
You can install Mac OS X on practically everything as long as you have enough free space available. Doesn't matter if it's a USB stick, SDHC card, FireWire HDD, iPod or whatever. Not entirely sure why you can't do the same with Windows. I'm even less sure why this has to be limited to the Enterprise edition alone.

You can install Windows ore Linux everywhere. Installing Mac OSX on non apple-manufactured PCs is illegal, even if you buy the original installation disc.

.Neo said,
You can install Mac OS X on practically everything as long as you have enough free space available. Doesn't matter if it's a USB stick, SDHC card, FireWire HDD, iPod or whatever. Not entirely sure why you can't do the same with Windows. I'm even less sure why this has to be limited to the Enterprise edition alone.

It already is possible with Windows - just not built-in.

.Neo said,
You can install Mac OS X on practically everything as long as you have enough free space available. Doesn't matter if it's a USB stick, SDHC card, FireWire HDD, iPod or whatever. Not entirely sure why you can't do the same with Windows. I'm even less sure why this has to be limited to the Enterprise edition alone.

You mean Linux?

.Neo said,
You can install Mac OS X on practically everything as long as you have enough free space available. Doesn't matter if it's a USB stick, SDHC card, FireWire HDD, iPod or whatever. Not entirely sure why you can't do the same with Windows. I'm even less sure why this has to be limited to the Enterprise edition alone.

What's the point in that? All mac runs on by default are macs, and last time I checked nearly all macs run mac osx so there's actaully no point at all in making a portable mac osx install unless it supported other hardware. But then again you've got older intel core duo 1 chips that don't support mac osx snow leopard by default, and wouldn't even with a portable install, so yeah, it's worthless ;s

Sraf said,

This is not an "install on any device you want" feature, but a portable desktop feature, where you can move your files and settings around from machine to machine as easily as plugging in a thumbdrive.

Want your home desktop to be like your work desktop? Export your workspace to a thumbdrive and plug that into the other computer and BOOM, your settings n stuff are there
//At least that's what it seems to be trying to do

That's what I thought it was as well. But then it makes absolutely no sense to be supported only in the enterprise editions as is being rumored...

M_Lyons10 said,

That's what I thought it was as well. But then it makes absolutely no sense to be supported only in the enterprise as is being rumored...

Win8 is still really young, and without MS commenting on the feature it is really hard to say what the intent of the feature. This is why they don't want leaks, people start "inventing" features and then get disappointed when the features don't materialize