Dubbed Redmond’s “riskiest product bet” by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Windows 8 certainly does have a lot riding on it. No wonder a lot of people, especially those who occupy key positions within the computer industry, have an opinion on it. Peter Hortensius, president of the Lenovo Product Group, is one such guy. In a recent interview with AllThingsD, an excited Hortensius called Windows 8 “a big, bold move” on Microsoft’s part. Hit the jump because there is more.
After Microsoft's unveiling of Windows 8 at the D9 conference yesterday, we were a little perplexed. One OS for both PCs and mobile devices? Don't manufacturers make hundreds of different variations with gajillions of different configurations for tablets and PCs? How's it going to work? Microsoft's answer: we'll rule the hardware manufacturers with an iron fist. Okay, that was a bit of a paraphrase, but not much of one if industry reports are any indication.
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Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's CEO, has always been one to speak his mind – just check out his classic "Developers! Developers!" rant. Microsoft's PR department must have done a collective facepalm when Steve addressed a legion of developers! in Japan on Monday. "As we progress through the year, you ought to expect to hear a lot about Windows 8. Windows 8 slates, tablets, PCs, a variety of different form factors," Steve said enthusiastically, presumably with sweat stains underneath his armpits. Windows 8 in 2012? That's big news!
According to Business Insider, Windows chief Steven Sinofsky will be at next week's All Things D conference. All Things D is a huge platform for any technology exec, and all thoughts have immediately turned to Windows 8. Could we see the first official unveiling of Microsoft's next operating system so soon?
Still a year or more from final release, the next version of Windows has been making its fair share of appearances on leak sites in recent months. Codenamed Windows Next, the OS release we’ve come to know as Windows 8 will look much like its recent predecessors on the surface, but looks to be getting a serious revamp from the kernel up.
Intel senior VP Renee James may have rode into town a little high on her horse yesterday when she revealed details about Windows 8, details that were apparently "misleading." James spoke of there being multiple versions of Windows 8, four of which will be aimed at ARM. According to James, ARM, unlike Intel, will not be able to run legacy apps. Microsoft's response? Shut your face, Intel (we're paraphrasing).
Intel's Renee James offered up a few more details about Microsoft's multi-tiered approach to Windows 8. James reiterated that there will be separate versions of Windows 8 for both x86 and ARM, noting that there will be at least four different builds for the latter. Should that be cause for concern for Intel? Not according to James, who insists she isn't worried about ARM flexing its way into the next generation of Windows OSes.
Now that app stores have almost become de rigueur, it isn’t hugely surprising that even the next iteration of Windows is widely anticipated to have one. It also makes perfect sense considering the fact that Windows 8 is also being optimized to run on media tablets (even including those powered by ARM chips). While the alleged screenshots of Windows 8’s app store UI that were released a few weeks back eventually turned out to be fakes, some Russian enthusiasts now claim to have uncovered a couple of references to the store in a leaked Windows 8 build. Find out more after the jump.
Recently leaked builds show that Windows 8 will be a very different OS from its forebears, from the kernel to the cloud. ARM processor support, mobile-device optimization, and system-wide menu tweaks abound. There are still a lot of things we don't know about the next OS from Microsoft, but the number of things we can say for sure is growing. Read on for our list of 7 things we know about Windows 8!