Microsoft Giving OEMs a Look at Windows 8

Ryan Whitwam

According to Win Rumors, Microsoft has begun distributing an early version of Windows 8 to key OEM partners. The company is using the Connect external testing system to avoid any unwanted leaks. The program is being called the Windows 8 and Server vNext Pre-Release Program, leaving little doubt of its identity.

Windows 8 is expected to use a fully 3D interface that will adapt dynamically to usage patterns. There is also rumored to be a fast hibernation system that can put the computer to sleep in a few seconds while automatically saving all open application states. The most recent leaks also point to a new system reset function to help users undo serious damage to the system.

Microsoft has not offered up any official details on Windows 8, but we expect the ARM compatibility announced at CES will make an appearance. The rumor mill is suggesting Redmond is shooting for a Fall beta program for Windows 8. Until then, we'll just have to keep an eye out for leaks.

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