Windows 8 being distributed to OEMs via Microsoft Connect
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Posted 29 March 2011 - 02:53 PM
Microsoft is is distributing Windows 8 build 7971.0.110324-1900 via Microsoft Connect. Key OEMs, including HP, are now able to access the Milestone 3 build from Connect. The program is advertised as Windows 8 and Server vNext Pre-Release Program, on Microsoft's connect site and requires a special invite code, according to Ruanmei.
Microsoft is expected to be readying a Windows 8 beta for September. Microsoft's primary Windows 8 interface is believed to be fully 3D. The interface will be "fully dynamic" and able to adapt to user habits. Icons and shortcuts will adapt to different usage scenarios to speed up daily tasks. Windows 8 is also rumored to include a new fast hibernation system. The system will hibernate in around three to six seconds and save all open documents and running tasks.
News source: Ruanmei & Winrumors