With Microsoft giddy about the launch of Windows 7 Mobile in the fall, it looks like one of their employee’s was a little too excited and seems to have (accidentally?) posted early demos of Windows 8 upon a blog powered by Live Spaces.
Fortunately another blogger was able to retrieve a few screen shots for MS lovers everywhere before the Redmond giant shut down the blog.
One of the features is that the PC will automatically resume from sleep and log-in when it sees you. Microsoft calls this â€œMy PC Knows Meâ€ The idea is quite simple, most computers now come with a webcam built-in or have one connected to them. Microsoft will be using this camera for facial detection and along with a proximity sensor the algorithm behind it will do the rest. (via I’m Just Being Manan)
The new features gives a hint of Minority Report (minus theÂ psychicÂ police of course), although having a computer recognize your face and login accordingly would help Microsoft leap ahead of its competition (i.e. Apple and Google).
Unfortunately a feature like that may inspire hackers to simply create look-a-like masks in order to access all of your digital goods, so hopefully Microsoft includes a retina scan (not to mention voice recognition as well).
Here are a few more screen shots below for those who are curious about Microsoft’s plans for Windows 8.
Originally posted on June 28, 2010 @ 5:08 pm