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Rumor: New Windows 8 64-bit UI Called ''Wind''

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Windows 8 will supposedly have separate 32-bit and 64-bit interfaces, the latter dubbed as "Wind."

Italian-based website window8italia reports that Windows 8 will arrive with two separate interfaces, one for 32-bit and one for 64-bit. The latter version will be fully 3D and codenamed "Wind," requiring around 170 MB of dedicated video memory. Although "Wind" will reportedly exist in all copies of Windows 8, it will not be activated within the 32-bit version.

The news follows a recent discovery in Nvidia's Quadro 265 driver which specifically references a new kernel with the number 6.2-- Windows 7 is 6.1. The driver actually points to the 64-bit version of Windows 8 specifically as listed in the following:

; Nvidia Windows Vista / 7 / 8 (64 bit) Display INF file DiskID1 = "Nvidia Windows Vista / 7 / 8 (64 bit) Driver Library Installation Disk 1" Nvidia_Win8 = "Nvidia"

In addition to the 3D aspect, the 64-bit interface will reportedly be "fully dynamic" in that it will adapt to the user's habits. This includes the ability to speed up daily tasks by adapting shortcuts and icons to fit within different usage scenarios.

Previously we reported that Windows 8 will be heavily cloud-dependent, requiring the user to sign into an account stored on Microsoft's cloud servers. Security will also supposedly be cloud-based, storing key kernels with the user's account. This will seemingly help reduce the amount of piracy, requiring Windows 8 to virtually "check in" online each time the desktop or laptop boots into the OS. It's also believed that Windows 8 will backup core components on the cloud servers for recovery purposes.

Window8italia also mentioned that Windows 8 may include a fast hibernation system. This would put the desktop or laptop into hibernation mode between three to six seconds while also saving the state of running tasks and open documents.

As always, the features listed above aren't official, so take them as mere rumors for now. Even if some of these are based on leaked facts, Windows 8 isn't slated to go retail for another two years, so anything could change before then.

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    shihabyooo , 10 December 2010 03:05
    "Windows 8 will be heavily cloud-dependent"
    "requiring Windows 8 to virtually "check in" online each time the desktop or laptop boots into the OS"
    That would be a very bad move. We are yet to see internet connection to be free and available everywhere. I don't think MS will make this mistake.
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    anthonyla65 , 10 December 2010 03:43
    shihabyooo"Windows 8 will be heavily cloud-dependent""requiring Windows 8 to virtually "check in" online each time the desktop or laptop boots into the OS"That would be a very bad move. We are yet to see internet connection to be free and available everywhere. I don't think MS will make this mistake.

    I agree too, what if your internet is down? Then you can't use the computer? That is a stupid thought.
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    Vampyrbyte , 10 December 2010 05:31
    shihabyooo"Windows 8 will be heavily cloud-dependent""requiring Windows 8 to virtually "check in" online each time the desktop or laptop boots into the OS"That would be a very bad move. We are yet to see internet connection to be free and available everywhere. I don't think MS will make this mistake.

    More to the point, what happens when someone manages to emulate the server that hosts the windows kernel? Then the anti-piracy argument has gone out the window since all you would need is a simple modification to the hosts file to redirect it. But what about when malicious code is added to the kernel?
    Combine this with say... a security flaw in a popular model of router that would allow an attacker to redirect DNS requests and windows will happily walk in and download the latest virus for you. Sounds Brilliant.
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    jrtolson , 10 December 2010 07:04
    i really don't like the idea, i think microsoft is making a big mistake with windows 8... i for one do not like the "cloud dependancy" thing.
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    silver565 , 10 December 2010 08:06
    If you live in a country like mine (New Zealand). We're only just getting adsl2+ now. Fibre won't be live for ages. Plus have the country have rubbish connections anyway, they couldn't support windows like that
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    iinweed , 10 December 2010 13:04
    I'm sure all businesses and the government are going to LOVE an OS that stores stuff "in the cloud" ... NOT!!!

    Add anyone with any sense to that list and Windows 8 is a non starter, regardless of how much M$ may want it to sell.
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    mi1ez , 10 December 2010 14:34
    Windows8=Vista2?

    I sure as hell will be staying with 7 if all these features happen.
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    mactronix , 10 December 2010 15:08
    I feel pretty sure this "Cloud" stuff is one of 2 things.
    1 BS being spread around
    2 And much more probable is its MS leaking it out to see what user reaction will be.
    So M$ the user reaction to that as far as im concerned is if you put anything on the cloud as stated above,Any DRM type checking in etc then you can forget ever selling me a copy of your OS ever again.
    That clear enough for you ?
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    Silmarunya , 10 December 2010 17:46
    No matter how much you and me dislike cloud based OS'es, it's going to happen. Comapnies like Google launch cloud based services and even a full blown cloud OS and good old Microsoft (aka 'Me too!') wants to do it as well.

    M$, we've critised you for being too conservative, but right now, you'd better stay conservative. We won't mock you for making a classic OS, honest!
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    mactronix , 10 December 2010 20:07
    SilmarunyaNo matter how much you and me dislike cloud based OS'es, it's going to happen. Comapnies like Google launch cloud based services and even a full blown cloud OS and good old Microsoft (aka 'Me too!') wants to do it as well.M$, we've critised you for being too conservative, but right now, you'd better stay conservative. We won't mock you for making a classic OS, honest!


    Oh yes its progress but it must always be optional, the same as teh rumours about Consoles being 100% downloaded content only. People want and need to have physical discs in thier hands and as i said on that article you cant go out and buy downloadable content, so its a non starter.
    A cloud OS is the same,people wont wear it. We need the ability to re-format at will and what happens when you cant connect? Recently My PC detected a USB attached drive as having a MBR error and shut down my web connection while it fixed it. Where would that have left me ?
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    Rab1d-BDGR , 11 December 2010 01:52
    Too much talk about windows 8 too soon, 7 has been out less than 18 months.

    Anyone else think that all this talk about 8 going "to the cloud" is part of ta longer term strategy. Nesxt Windows 9 - The cloud-only OS, just install our *FREE* client on your PC and then subscribe to our cloud-OS servers for the low-low price of just $10 per user per month! (€10 in europe, or "just" £9.99 in the UK). And then when they know they have everyone by the balls, watch that subscription fee crank its way up...
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    Rab1d-BDGR , 11 December 2010 05:30
    Also, isn't "wind" just going to lead to fart jokes?