But what’s Windows 8 going to be like? One Microsoft employee, purportedly working on Windows 8, let his exuberance get the better of him and posted this on an MSDN blog (which has since been deleted but, because you can’t hide your sins once posted, has been cached): “The minimum that folks can take for granted is that the next version will be something completely different from what folks usually expect of Windows...The themes that have been floated truly reflect what people have been looking for [for] years and it will change the way people think about PCs and the way they use them. It is the future of PCs…”
So, Windows 8 will be “different from what folks usually expect of Windows,” “what people have been looking for”, and “will change the way people think about PCs”. There are some obvious responses to these proclamations: good, competent, useful, but, one suspects, Microsoft will be aiming a bit higher than this for Windows 8.
In another Windows 8 comment, John Magelarrs, Regional Vice President of Consumer and Online at Microsoft EMA said: “For me, Windows 8 will be mind-blowing.” There you have it--a whole lot more of nothing.
All this leaves Steven Chapman, at Microsoft Kitchen, wondering “just what in the heck Steven Sinofsky and crew are cooking up for Windows 8.” The best guess he can venture is that Windows 8 will be 64-bit only. Well, if it’s going to be mind-blowing, that’s the least we should expect.