There’s a rumor going around, thanks to a post at a Chinese forum, that Microsoft may be seeding early builds of Windows 8 to manufacturers for testing purposes. Windows 8 isn’t expected to officially launch until next year, but a public beta could be available later this year.
Microsoft plans to make Windows 8 compatible with low power ARM-based processors, making it the first full-fledged version of Windows to support ARM architecture. That’s important because a growing number of tablets and other mobile devices use ARM chips instead of the Intel and AMD chips that power most Windows computers. Microsoft is also refining the operating system to make it more touchscreen-friendly than Windows 7.
That’s about all we know for certain at the moment, but WinRumors reports that Windows 8 could feature a 3D accelerated user interface which adjusts depending on how you’re using the OS. It may also feature quicker hibernation and resume features.