Leaked Windows 8 build shows Microsoft going FTW

  • A leaked version of Windows 8 (build 7989) seems to indicate that Remdond is finally getting serious about coding a halfway decent operating system.

    As you may recall, the next version of Microsoft's flagship OS will be ARM-friendly, which likely means the corporation was forced to jettison decades of bloat for a more streamlined, mobile-centric approach.

    Although Windows 8 is far from complete, a slew of new features in build 7989 shows Microsoft is going FTW.

    First up, an advanced virtual keyboard that offers a new look and feel, touch friendly buttons, split keyboard option, built in support for emoticons and feedback audio.

    Next: a dozen new options for Hyper-V 3.0, such as support for more than 4 cores, hardware acceleration and virtual switch extensions.

    "This is a huge step forward for Windows 8," explained Robert McLaws of Windows Now.

    "I believe it will have a huge impact on a wide array of usage scenarios, the least of which is the potential for self-contained App-V / Windows XP Mode support... Not to mention better Windows Phone 7/7.5/8 Emulator support."

    And in a nod to the app-heavy nature of modern computing, Redmond appears to have written lines of code pointing to an app store - along with the ability to unlock certain individual features within the system.

    "While it's still no indication on what Microsoft plans to do with this, per-feature licensing could do away with Windows editions," speculated Redmond Pie's Goncalo Ribeiro.

    "Instead, all users would start with a single, 'bare bones' edition of Windows and purchase individual features as they saw fit."

    Additional features discovered by Redmond Pie include support for Short Message Service (SMS) and geo-location.  

    "This is another piece of evidence that Microsoft is aiming the new system for more than just PCs... There's [really] no reason why 3G capable tablets or netbooks shouldn't be able to send SMS, or even make calls. This could be the beginning of that," Ribeiro added.