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Windows 8 “Hybrid Boot and Cloud” Realted Features Discovered

Windows 8 releated new are floating on the web — in the latest round of Windows 8 bits — Windows 8 Italia reports a new feature that looks like replacement for the current Windows shutdown behavior. The feature uses advanced hibernation functionality when the computer is shut down (instead of actually shutting it down) and allows the machine to start up faster.

Windows 8 Hybrid Boot

The feature is found by typing “power button” into the start menu, and then clicking “Change settings that are currently unavailable.” It appears that Microsoft is changing the behavior quietly as it strives to decrease loading times when compared to Windows 7.

Windows 8 Italia has also uncovered the cloud features by comparing the registry to previous versions. References to “Mobile broadband experience account, File Server Resource Manager, Setting Synchronization and Streaming Manager” were uncovered.

  • Mobile broadband experience account appears to be a reference to allowing the user to log in via the cloud, but not too much more detail was available.
  • File Server Resource Manager will “synchronize files and folders between the local computer and a cloud service,” which’s likely to be integrated Windows Live Mesh, which was previously rumored to be included.
  • Setting synchronization is simply the synchronization of the users’ settings across the computer (and devices) using the cloud with Windows Live ID (it even appears there’s a new group policy object to deal with this already).
  • Finally, streaming manager appears to be technology similar to the type that we saw in the Office 2010 “Click-to-run” beta, which allows the user to install software and use it as parts are being downloaded.

The article also points out a number of new linguistic capabilities that are available in Windows 8, including “text prediction.”

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