Take a closer look at Microsoft's radically revamped Windows 8 OS, out now in a consumer preview version. Here's the lowdown on features, apps, hardware, and more.
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Michael Angiulo, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Windows Planning and Ecosystem, shows the NVidia Tegra3 reference design. Angiulo, along with Sinofsky, kept making the point, Apple style, that it all "just works." For example, users won't have to go hunt for print drivers and external storage drivers. Windows 8 will have connected standby, so that when the PC is in standby mode, all communications are still happening so all of your messages, for instance, are waiting for you when you fully power up. Windows 8 has been designed so that background tasks are well managed, and there are fewer running processes to interfere with the user experience. Angiulo also showed some of the hardware starting up within eight seconds.