Windows 8 leak suggests Kinect-style functionality

Plus: instant on and USB 3.0 for the new Microsoft OS

New Microsoft OS will also have instant on capability, USB 3.0 and more...

Microsoft may well be selling seven copies of Windows 7 a second, but that hasn't stopped the software behemoth from cracking on with its successor. A Microsoft leak has revealed the latest plans for Windows 8, hinting at next-gen high speed connectivity, Kinect-style webcam facial recognition and ‘instant on’ functionality.

The next generation connectivity comes in the form of USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 3.0, while the video recognition element adds a futuristic Kinect-style feel to the OS. On top of this, the latest version of Windows looks set to feature hard drive encryption and ambient light sensitivity, while Microsoft’s main focus seems to be on speedy performance, with instant-booting taking prominence in their plans.

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The leaked info states: "Windows 8 PC's turn on fast, nearly instantly in some cases, and are ready to work without any long or unexpected delays.”

“When customers want to check e-mail, sports scores, or play media they love to reach for their PCs because they can get to what they want quickly."

In terms of the facial recognition capability, "Windows 8 could detect my presence and log me in automatically", the documents say. It's hoped that this element will fully capitalise on the Kinect next-gen motion sensor technology that’s on its way to the Xbox 360.

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Via: Neowin