What would you like to see in Windows 8?

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What do you want to see in windows 8? :) I would like to see a new kinda 3D desktop (You know the one where they have 4 desktops and you can switch between them ;)) and ofcourse a new layout. What would you like to see? :p
 

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As a couple posters already mentioned, cloud is the thing! More dimensions for heavy business users. Integrated virtual machine would be a great plus with XP, 7 and Ubuntu vhd's already on the installation media, which I'd like to buy as a USB flash drive.

And, of course cheaper volume licensing also for smaller companies. Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack is a good idea, why not for example "Win8 Business 3" - one install medium, three licences.

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the ability to mount iso files is a must. i really thought (well, at least hoped) that they would have introduced it in win 7. Maybe in sp1 or sp2? we can only hope

They might introduce it in Windows 8. Probably, they want to take it a step at a time; from burning ISO to mounting ISO to maybe creating ISO.
 

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Give RDP back to home users

I have said it before and I can't say it enouph....Microsoft screwed the Windows Home Server users when they removed RDP from the Home Premium product. Why sell a product to centralize system administration of multiple PC's, game consoles, and media extenders geared to the average home user (or so microsoft says) and then require the Professional version to implement part of the web interface to your server. Microsoft put the Media Center into the Professional version of 7 to try to lure users to buy a more expensive version but doesn't offer a family pack of Professional, so, to handle 3 machines with a Home Server you would need to spend at least $600. Whats wrong with this picture...If Microsoft really wants this market why do they keep shooting themselves in the HEAD? Time to slap some sales people around or fire someone and tell the rest of them to get a clue!

What a bunch of morons...doesn't anyone in the company talk to anyone else or use the brain they've been given. More copies at lower prices = just as much (or maybe even more) profit as fewer copies at higher prices. This is basic business sense and should not be too much to ask of a multi-national corporation to figure out.

What Microsoft is actually doing is lowering demand for a good product which really doesn't make much sense from a business standpoint. Competition between divisions inside Microsoft may or may not lead to better products but trying to kill off a product line just seems stupid after spending the money to develop it in the first place.

Maybe whats needed in a future Power Pack is to add RDP to home premium installations if there is a Windows Home Server in the home network.

Maybe Microsoft should promote some actual programmers to management instead of the failed idea of hiring people to manage who don't know product/code from their asses.
 

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I would like to see less "Fisher-Price" like glow and glitter; my computer is for work, not decoration.

One specific item I would wish to be included would be to have the ability to COMPLETELY disable multi-user functions for the millions of us who are the sole users of our computers.

A complete organization of the Windows Explorer file system is SERIOUSLY needed.
 

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What do you want to see in windows 8? :) I would like to see a new kinda 3D desktop (You know the one where they have 4 desktops and you can switch between them ;)) and ofcourse a new layout. What would you like to see? :p
"Real-time" qualification...

Where I can program a "Heart/Lung Monitor" with 'guaranteed' response times from the Operating System, to my software...
 

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My idea expands on some of the progress that was made to explorer in Windows 7 via aero snap and aero peak.

First, I would add several new views - dual vertical, dual horizontal, and I would create the option in explorer to have buttons along tool bar depicting these, as well as other favorite views.. Not necessarily all, just the views people use the most. This way, they can shift between views using a single click as necessary. Dual view allows you to see two separate folder trees, side by side in a single window.. now here is where it would get fun..

In addition to aero snap and aero peak, Windows 8 introduces aero pop, which allows for a sort of bubble like effect.. How many times have you had a single window open, and desired to copy the contents of that folder to another folder, and had to copy the desired object, go dig for the destination folder location, and then right click (in 7 the space alotted for this is pitifully small) and paste..

With Aero Pop, you can combine 2 open explorer windows together into one dual view window, by hovering your open window over top of another open window, and either pressing a button on the keyboard, mouse, or completing a mouse gesture. Then the 2 windows "pop" into one window, sort of like a bubble does when it meets another bubble..

The other thing I would add, is the ability to add favorite buttons to the explorer bar, or simply a favorite tool bar. This way, as you add favorite locations to your favorites, it does not fill up the left side folder tree, obscuring the other options, but instead spreads nicely horizontally across the top of the toolbar..

Lets see.. I would love to see built in drive virtualization in Windows 7, with the ability to create, mount, and burn ISO files to disk.

I like the idea of built in internet games.. I would expand that idea adding a few more games to the mix, and allow folks to actually type chat while they are playing.. allow for user accnt creation, and win loss record keeping, etc.. Not too much different than a lot of sites like yahoo games currently function, but allow it to be outside the browser, better graphics, and I think the draw would be huge..

Built in PDF support is long over due.. Not sure if this is possible based on Microsoft and Adobe's dealings, but it seems sensible that one should be able to view pdf's right away after installing windows..

Copy - paste - move - file transfers!!! One of my biggest frustrations, even with Windows 7, is the vague-ness that surrounds file transfers in the OS.. For instance, lets say I start moving a big file from one location to another, say 100gb. First off, Windows needs to improve on the speed of these transfers. I am familiar with some tools that increase the thread cnt on transfers that seem to perform better, however, they also seem to choke when you send large groups of files. Increased file transfer speed. Second, Windows needs to be more forthcoming about what it is doing during large transfers, state which file it is currently working on etc.. also, a pause, resume button would be very cool. Sometimes, you might be right in the middle of a big transfer, and need to do something that would require stopping the transfer.. pause would be a better option.

Nuf said for now..This is already getting too lengthy..
 

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I would like to see no Administration Rights box that pops up every time you open a program by default :p I know I can turn it off but if you have only one profile, what is the point of it in the first place; Windows should know you are the Admin.

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vm as part of the os.
 

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I just would like something different. I think some people who are not into all this techie stuff just buy it for the new look.

I like this whole feel of smoothness (maybe its areo) of Vista (not so much) and 7 (improved). This, I think should carry on.

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I don't think they're gonna put a torrent integration in it ;) microsoft are strongly against using torrents. :(

Only if it is used illegally. Think about this. You need to load 60,000 desktop machines with Windows 8. How do you do it over a weekend.....hummm. Not possible. It is if you use torrent you could update them all over a weekend. Cool don't you think.
 

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I would like to see all the different windows settings, tweaks and customization, now spread out all over the place, centralized in one system wide control center.


Overhaul of much too complicated security settings.
The easier it is, the less mistakes are made.

It is here in Windows 7. Create a folder and re-name it:
AdminMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
 

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1. Better RDP support (i.e. multiple session, someone already mentioned that)
2. Better Remote Support of the machine. (More access to the machine while the user is using the machine. Forcing them to log off so you can fix something is ridiculous, *NIX has had this for years!).
3. Do away with driver letters. I hate that you can only map A-Z. Give use something else. (Yes I know you and use UNC but some software just can’t work with that)
4. No support for Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows XP software (let’s just move forward)
5. No XP Mode or Windows 7 Mode, this is just a huge security risk. So Windows 7 has XP Mode, which is a load of Windows XP, however Microsoft is dropping updates and security patches for that OS. So now your Windows 7 machine has a HUGE security hole. UGH!!! Someone dropped the ball on this one. If you are going to have XP Mode then you need to support Windows XP until the END of life of Windows 7. DUH!
6. No more NTFS….WinFS (Please!)
7. Plug and Play strings: Keep the cryptic stuff for developers etc. But put a better human readable description so you don’t have to search the web for: PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_95C5&SUBSYS_03421028&REV_00. The description “ATI Radeon” is NO help, which card, chip etc. UGH!
8. Network off loading. Require CPU based Network Cards to off load the networking to the network card where it belongs. This will give a HUGE computer speed boost if the OS never has to see if a packet is for the machine or not. As we have done with Video Cards for years!
9. Single Edition: While installing it asks you questions to know which version works for you?
a. Are you going to use this machine solely on a public network?
i. Is this machine going to be used as a kiosk?
b. Are you a home user?
i. Do you have a server?
1. Do you have a domain?
c. Are you a small to medium business user?
i. Do you have a domain?
d. Are you an Enterprise User?
e. Etc. etc. etc. (you get the idea)

In reality it would basically load 1 of 3 versions: A Public Version, A Professional Version, or an Enterprise version. With the correct firewall, security and account settings. You only have 2 types of keys 1 for Enterprise and 1 for the Public and Professional. Keep it simple!
 

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I would like to see a "Trust List" for UAC so older programs can run without the UAC prompt. But the user has to put in the programs manually.. I will think of more..:)
 

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Only if it is used illegally. Think about this. You need to load 60,000 desktop machines with Windows 8. How do you do it over a weekend.....hummm. Not possible. It is if you use torrent you could update them all over a weekend. Cool don't you think.

What exactly do you mean "load 60,000"? Do you mean PC manufacturers or PC users like me? If you mean PC manufacturers then why change something that works well anyways? They dont have a problem pumping out PC's with a new os.
As for users, let them install it just like the RC of 7.

Torrents arent the only way. For instance, i got my RC version of Windows 7 in a ISO and burned it to a dvd. And infact, if Microsoft was doing the "loading", they would probably do a clean install, not a install over another os to prevent possible problems.

Also, since Microsoft is a software giant, i doubt they would want to encourage something that has allowed millions of people to get pirated version of software.

I might have sounded snotty but that was not my intent; just sharing share my two cents.:)
 

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1. Better RDP support (i.e. multiple session, someone already mentioned that)
2. Better Remote Support of the machine. (More access to the machine while the user is using the machine. Forcing them to log off so you can fix something is ridiculous, *NIX has had this for years!).
3. Do away with driver letters. I hate that you can only map A-Z. Give use something else. (Yes I know you and use UNC but some software just canâ??t work with that)
4. No support for Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows XP software (letâ??s just move forward)
5. No XP Mode or Windows 7 Mode, this is just a huge security risk. So Windows 7 has XP Mode, which is a load of Windows XP, however Microsoft is dropping updates and security patches for that OS. So now your Windows 7 machine has a HUGE security hole. UGH!!! Someone dropped the ball on this one. If you are going to have XP Mode then you need to support Windows XP until the END of life of Windows 7. DUH!
6. No more NTFSâ?¦.WinFS (Please!)
7. Plug and Play strings: Keep the cryptic stuff for developers etc. But put a better human readable description so you donâ??t have to search the web for: PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_95C5&SUBSYS_03421028&REV_00. The description â??ATI Radeonâ? is NO help, which card, chip etc. UGH!
8. Network off loading. Require CPU based Network Cards to off load the networking to the network card where it belongs. This will give a HUGE computer speed boost if the OS never has to see if a packet is for the machine or not. As we have done with Video Cards for years!
9. Single Edition: While installing it asks you questions to know which version works for you?
a. Are you going to use this machine solely on a public network?
i. Is this machine going to be used as a kiosk?
b. Are you a home user?
i. Do you have a server?
1. Do you have a domain?
c. Are you a small to medium business user?
i. Do you have a domain?
d. Are you an Enterprise User?
e. Etc. etc. etc. (you get the idea)

In reality it would basically load 1 of 3 versions: A Public Version, A Professional Version, or an Enterprise version. With the correct firewall, security and account settings. You only have 2 types of keys 1 for Enterprise and 1 for the Public and Professional. Keep it simple!

I love those ideas! Except the ones about ditching older operating system support. I believe forcing someone to make a complete renovation of their current software just to upgrade is not the right thing to do, and in fact, might just be the last straw for some people who have been fed up with MS (vista really annoys the hell out of some people) and decide to try a Mac.
 

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What exactly do you mean "load 60,000"? Do you mean PC manufacturers or PC users like me? If you mean PC manufacturers then why change something that works well anyways? They dont have a problem pumping out PC's with a new os.
As for users, let them install it just like the RC of 7.

Torrents arent the only way. For instance, i got my RC version of Windows 7 in a ISO and burned it to a dvd. And infact, if Microsoft was doing the "loading", they would probably do a clean install, not a install over another os to prevent possible problems.

Also, since Microsoft is a software giant, i doubt they would want to encourage something that has allowed millions of people to get pirated version of software.

I might have sounded snotty but that was not my intent; just sharing share my two cents.:)

Scenario: Say you are FedEx and you have 60,000 Windows Vista Machines. Your boss tells you we are doing to shutdown over the weekend. The first time in 10 years. While we are shutdown I want all 60,000 machines loaded with Windows 7. You cannot go to each machine and load Windows 7 from a DVD that would take forever. You cannot push an install because that would take forever. What you could do is setup torrent so that you could load all the machines at the same time. By the nature of torrent all the machines would get a part of the OS and then share it with others so the load time could be done over a long weekend. BTW Microsoft has been looking into this for a while now. So again if you use the technology legally it is a good thing. - All is good and sharing ideas is good too....thanks for your input.
 
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Scenario: Say you are FedEx and you have 60,000 Windows Vista Machines. Your boss tells you we are doing to shutdown over the weekend. The first time in 10 years. While we are shutdown I want all 60,000 machines loaded with Windows 7. You cannot go to each machine and load Windows 7 from a DVD that would take forever. You cannot push an install because that would take forever. What you could do is setup torrent so that you could load all the machines at the same time. By the nature of torrent all the machines would get a part of the OS and then share it with others so the load time could be done over a long weekend. BTW Microsoft has been looking into this for a while now. So again if you use the technology legally it is a good thing. - All is good and sharing ideas is good too....thanks for your input.

Your right, in the right situations, having a built in torrent system would be great for large businesses. I can see where your coming from, but i still cant get over the idea of presenting millions of windows users with the direct access to large amounts of pirated content. In your post you said "if you use the technology legally it is a good thing" and in my mind, that is a very, very big "if" when almost everyone computer savy enough to, has, in fact, downloaded illegal content from torrents or other sources. BUT lets say that MS's built in torrent system connects ONLY to their own server, and that server is not publicly available for uploads, then it would be great! All of what you mentioned; quick and convenient, would be there without the illegal aspects. The perfect solution. :)

I appreciate you taking the time to clear up my concern.
 

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I would like to see curtains and blinds :p maybe even a rug and a wood burner :D
Nah but seriously id like to see the little things that we all... well most of us like but have to go 3rd party to get... i.e windows blinds and object dock... just those little things we have to hack and add..... just allow us to customise how we have our desktop without the risk if some hack that might corrupt our system or some 3rd party dock you have to pay millions to use ect ect.... well i think you get the idea and im sure there are many more other things that can be implemented like the snip-it tool in 7 so on and so forth :cool:

Edit aha!!! hold on what about next time just the OS without all the added extras.... just add a second disc with the optional extras to pre load????
 
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FuturDreamz

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A keyboard viewer, and easy access to comon symbols like ˙≈ø é , eta as seen below
btw the pressed keys on the first screenshot = PrntScreen with more features
 

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My Computer

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    Windows 8.1
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    Asus Tansformer Book Flip TP500LN
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    Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000
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