Windows 8 – What features would you suggest?

A fellow Microsoft MVP, Michael Pietroforte is running a poll on Windows 8’s desired features on his website, 4sysops ( His idea is to run the poll on multiple Windows blogs using an online poll service. This means the poll results from all participating blogs will be gathered automatically, stored centrally and displayed on all blogs.

I think, it is now a good time to run such a poll because Windows 8 is still on its early planning stage. I am currently putting together the feature list for the poll. If you have ideas for the list, please let me know.

I would recommend, you take the Windows 8 poll here:

This Poll is being run on all these below blogs. Hence, Kindly give your votes and comments ‘only once’. The survey results will be integrated and shared in the future.

Demonic Talking Skullmarkwilson.itmsigeekStandalone SysadminTeching It Easy: with WindowsThe Experience BlogThe things that are better left unspokenThe Windows ClubWindowsProWithin Windows7tutorials4sysops

Some of the Features listed there:

New user interface

Android and iOS are good examples of operating systems with innovative user interface models. Even more revolutionary will be Windows 7 Phone. These examples show that OS interfaces beyond the Windows Start Menu and the Windows Taskbar are possible.

Support for different form factors

Support for different form factors, such as tablets and netbooks, includes the ability to run Windows with minimal hardware requirements and on devices with small screen sizes (as small as 5”). Optimization for touch, the ability to run Windows without mouse and keyboard, and orientation detection are other essential features.

More modularity

Linux is a good example of a modular operating system. It allows you to install only those OS components you really need. This would require a package manager that resolves software dependencies. The advantages of more modularity are lower hardware requirements, a reduced attack surface, and simplified patch management.

Bare metal hypervisor

A bare metal hypervisor would enable you to run multiple Windows installations simultaneously on a PC. You could move your virtualized Windows installation with all applications to another PC or to a VDI environment by simply copying the virtual system drive.

Application virtualization

Virtualized applications run in an isolated environment that ensures no modifications to the OS are made during installation and at runtime. Application virtualization can solve compatibility issues and improves security.

Windows Restore Button

If you messed up your Windows installation, this feature would enable you to restore Windows to its original state without losing your data and without the need to reinstall all your applications.

Cloud APIs

Third-party software vendors could allow you to use cloud APIs to add cloud features to their applications. For instance, a web browser vendor could store your bookmarks, plugins, and browser settings in Microsoft’s cloud or in the cloud of a third-party provider. That way, all your settings and data would automatically be available on every Windows machine you log on to.

New authentication methods

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could log on to Windows or an online service with a smile at your web cam (facial recognition), with a friendly “Hi, it’s me” (voice recognition), or by just touching your beloved PC (fingerprint recognition)? Biometrics applications have already been available for a while, but they will only have a fair chance of being adopted in the Windows ecosystem if Microsoft fully integrates these functions into Windows.


Instant-On means that Windows wouldn’t have to boot up when you turn on your PC. Considering that computers are becoming more and more an integral part of our daily life, this could be an interesting feature for home users in particular. It is probably a must-have feature for tablets.

Malware protection

If Windows were delivered with integrated malware protection, every PC would be protected right after the installation, which would make the whole Internet a safer place. Third-party vendors could offer services such as antivirus signatures and antivirus applications that run on top of the Windows malware scanning engine. This would also reduce notorious compatibility problems with antivirus scanning engines and would even allow you to run multiple antivirus applications at the same time.

Better UAC

Compared to Sudo in the Linux world, UAC (User Account Control) is a fairly simple security privilege solution. A UAC with more configuration options could improve security, especially in business environments.

Migration from Windows XP

Windows XP is a very popular operating system and it will still probably run on many computers even when Windows 8 is released. These Windows customers would appreciate a seamless migration from Windows XP to Windows 8.

Better compatibility

Better compatibility includes better hardware and software compatibility with legacy hardware and software.


  1. This is really for all of the versions. I have problems with the following!!!
    – When I open a file in notepad, it won’t let me save unless I have administrative privileges. I do have administrative privileges and have to right click on notepad and click “Run as Administrator” for all to work! I am so ticked off by this!!
    – Whenever a pop-up window, by me, the user, or by the website pop ups, it goes to the back of the browser and that pisses me off, because I don’t know where it is!

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