While Apple's iPad 3 and iPhone 5 are likely to dominate the headlines throughout 2012, perhaps the most interesting development of the year is the planned launch of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system.
Having been left trailing in the tablet and smartphone market, and its traditional Windows platform at risk from slowing PC sales, the Redmond firm is taking bold steps to revamp its flagship product, aiming to bring it bang up-to-date.
With the firm steadily drip-feeding information on the platform week-by-week, and planning the first public display at Mobile World Congress later this month, V3 has rounded up some of the most eye-catching and innovative capabilities we expect to see in the operating system.
10. Eight-second boot-up times
Has anyone ever calculated the hours businesses lose in staff productivity due to the interminable long, whirring, cranking start-up times that older Windows operating systems need to get going? It would no doubt come to several millions.
However, Microsoft appears intent on addressing this with the promise of dramatically improved boot-up times, potentially lowering it to a meagre eight seconds. Speedy.
The firm said this will be achieved by placing the kernel session into hibernate mode instead of being closed down.
While this is no doubt a benefit, it does mean you lose the age-old excuse of why you aren't busy working at 9am on the dot. Alas, no more "waiting for my computer to load up".
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