Boy, it surely is a good time to be a Microsoft fan! The company already has a few sweet handsets powered by Windows Phone 8 out in the wild, and they are set to be joined by the impressive second generation Surface slates. And in order to make sure that the tablets hit the ground running once they are launched next...

Back in June, leaked slides (dating from April 2010) reference “Windows 8,” not “Windows v.Next” (the Windows client team’s preferred codename these days). They indicate that the next version of Windows, which is expected by many to ship in 2012, will possibly offer some of these features: Fast startup (Huzzah!): A...