More Windows 8 Leak Screenshots and Info

Windows 8

Take this with a grain of salt. Over the years I’ve seen lots of leaks from Microsoft which features never saw the light of day, but at least this gives you some insight as to some ideas they’re thinking about. No mention of anything really Media Center focused here, as if that’s a surprise to anyone at this point.

One new feature, reportedly first revealed by the Italian Web site (Google Translate version), is a cloud synchronization tool. The feature would let users sync files and folders from their local PCs with a cloud-based service. sees this as confirmation that Windows 8 will include integration with Windows Live accounts, though it’s as yet unknown whether this would directly tap into Windows Live SkyDrive to store data.

Another feature, also reportedly uncovered by (Google Translate version), is a hybrid boot option. This feature is designed to reduce your PCs bootup time after you shut it down by putting it in a form of hibernation. CNET sister site ZDNet reports on this as an evolution of the current hibernation function that puts the core operating system files to sleep. Windows 8 Center sees this as a setting for more advanced users and one that changes the shutdown process more than the start-up routine.


  • I don’t know if you’ve seen

    I don’t know if you’ve seen the screenshots but there are some of Windows 8 running on ARM CPUs.  I could see the use of jumping a session between a work desktop to a tablet then back to another computer with the new syncing stuff.  I still have a copy of NT for PowerPC laying around; so I shudder to think of Microsoft actually backing up their desire to run on non-x86 systems, but I think this time they’ll have support it if they want to stay relevant.