We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,258 News Articles

New Windows 8 features leaked this week

Microsoft wants your PC to really know you

This week documents thought to show Microsoft's plans for the next Windows operating system were leaked online.

If the documents are correct, Microsoft has some big plans for Windows 8. Nearly 18 documents - supposedly confidential internal Microsoft plans - surfaced, including one called 'Modern Form Factors' that shows that Microsoft may be looking at three broad PC categories for the future: Lap PC, Workhorse PC, and Family Hub PC.

See also: Microsoft Windows 8 review

Here's a quick look at each category from the document, and some of the interesting things Microsoft may be thinking about. But keep in mind while you're reading that these are just broad goals (if they are even the real thing), and the document is more about Microsoft's general vision than an actual product roadmap. Nevertheless, take a look and see what you think.

Workhorse PC

The workhorse PC is essentially the PC you have today, but Microsoft wants to add a facial recognition and proximity sensor feature called 'My PC Knows Me', according to the leaked documents.

The basic idea is that you walk into the room where your PC is, and the proximity sensor detects your movements and wakes the PC. As you sit down at the desk, your PC is already on so it can scan your face to log you in. The computer can also switch between different user accounts with the facial recognition feature.

Once you've finished using the computer and leave the room, the proximity sensor detects that no one is around, logs you off, and puts the computer to sleep.

NEXT PAGE: Lap PC

  1. Microsoft wants your PC to really know you
  2. Lap PC


IDG UK Sites

Best Black Friday 2014 tech deals: Get bargains on smartphones, tablets, laptops and more

IDG UK Sites

What the Internet of Things will look like in 2015: homes will get smarter, people might get fitter

IDG UK Sites

See how Trunk's animated ad helped Ade Edmondson plug The Car Buying Service

IDG UK Sites

Yosemite tips: Complete Guide to OS X Yosemite