Linked by David Adams on Tue 29th Jun 2010 17:39 UTC, submitted by waid0004
Windows An Italian Windows site called "Windowsette" has published some purported secret Microsoft documents outlining some design and strategy plans for Windows 8. The Microsoft Kitchen blog has provided some analysis of the documents. The documents appear genuine, and there's lots of interesting information there.
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by kaiwai on Tue 29th Jun 2010 23:07 UTC
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From what I see it appears that the appstore will be run by the OEM rather than Microsoft; a central repository isn't needed but rather infrastructure in the OS itself which allows one to add repositories so that multiple ones can exist - when you install Flash that you not only get it installed but the Adobe repository is added to the Windows update control panel.

As for Windows 8 it appears that Microsoft is trying to walk a very fine line between a consistent experience and giving the tools for OEM to customise and provide a unique experience for customers. On one hand you want to ensure that you don't have this massive difference in quality of computers loaded with Windows but at the same time you don't want there to be no difference that differentiation is down to price which squeezes profits for Microsoft and OEM's.

There is also an interesting move that the more Microsoft is componentising Windows under the winmin project. It will be interesting to see in the future as the cost of Windows can be reduced to only the components the OEM's want - that we'll see storage devices and so on using Windows at its core.

I think the interesting slides are those regarding power management because right now Windows as so far as battery life is far behind Mac OS X. Hopefully by the time Windows 8 is released that Microsoft has done something about the power management so that Windows is more on par with Mac OS X.

For those thinking that the satisfaction of Mac OS X has to do with legions of brain dead users, I suggest you look at this slide:

It clearly lays out exactly what Apple has going for it and why Apple commands brand loyalty that Microsoft could only ever dream of. If Microsoft can recognise the 'vicious cycle' - so can you.

Edited 2010-06-29 23:13 UTC

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