Windows 8 includes new “Protogon” file system

According to the recent discovery by ITWorld’s Sando Villinger, the next generation of Windows would contain a new file system codenamed as “Protogon”

Here is the extract from IT World article-

“I’ve also dug up traces of some underlying file system changes that I couldn’t quite make sense of, such as an entirely new file system driver called “NT Protogon FS driver”, which looks like a kernel mode driver for some sort of (yet unknown) file system called Protogon. It’s unclear, whether this is a major new file system or just some minor subsystem.”

It would be eager to know whether Protogon would be replacing the NTFS file system in Windows 8 or not.

According to more information available the Disk Management is able to detect “Protogon” file system, while the Command Prompt chkdsk is unable to detect, so it clearly states that Protogon is in early stages of development.

Windows 8 build 7985 shown in demo

Microsoft has earlier previewed Windows 8 build 7867, today at the Computex 2011, build 7985 was demoed.The complete build string of this build is 7985.fbl_core1_kernel_cptx.110503-1501 which states that the build was compiled on May 3.From the screenshot below it can be clearly seen that this build has completely overhauled Ribbon interface with the ability to collapse automatically. The Immersive Browser in this build is also pretty mature as compared to the one in Windows 8 build 7955. No other significant changes has been found in this build as it also belongs to Milestone 3 branch.

The latest known Windows 8 build is Build 8011 and the latest build that has been leaked is build 7959

OEM Activation 3.0 confirmed in Windows 8

We have earlier reported that Windows 8 may use OEM Activation 3.0 in Windows 8, today Mike Angulo confirmed at Computex 2011 that Windows 8 would use OEM Activation 3.0 and shift from OEM Activation 2.1 which was used in Windows 7.This is surely going to be a major update in Windows activation process and would prevent hackers activating Windows using the BIOS slic activation hack .

Here is what Microsoft said regarding OEM Activation 2.1 in Windows 7-

Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) activation is a perpetual, one-time activation that associates Windows 7 with the firmware (BIOS) of a computer.

To view more demo please visit on http://www.engadget.com/photos/windows-8-d9-demo/#4182454.

Microsoft reportedly launching it’s own branded Windows 8 tablet

The tablet market is growing at a very fast pace with Apple’s iPad currently the leader of the market, now the rumors are coming via Digitimes that Microsoft may launch it’s own branded Windows 8 tablet by the end of 2012 and is currently working with Texas Instruments and Taiwan-based OEMs/ODMs.

Microsoft has already previewed the next generation operating system for tablet at D9 and Computex 2011 earlier and probably we would be seeing Windows 8 tablets from various partners by the starting of 2012.If Microsoft launches it’s own branded Windows 8 tablet then they even have to compete with it’s partners which seems to be an awkward situation.

This isn’t the first time Microsoft has released it’s own branded hardware, Microsoft has success with XBOX 360 and Kinect but the Zune lineup wasn’t too successful.

Windows 8 to have same system requirements as Windows 7

Microsoft has recently revealed next version of Windows at two different events last week.One of the interesting point made during the event was that Windows 8 would have same system requirements as that of Windows 7.

Steven Sinofsky, the President of Windows and Windows Live Division said at the D9 conference- “Windows 8 won’t require any more hardware oomph – memory, disk space graphics, etc. – than Windows 7,” further Lee Stott the Academic Evangelist at Microsoft UK mentioned on his blog

“Windows 8 will not require any specific enhancement to hardware in terms of memory, disk space, CPU than Windows 7 and exciting for the UK Academic space is Windows 8 will run on Intel, AMD and ARM based chips.”

The minimum system requirements of Windows 7 are – 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor, 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit) , 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit) , DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver