Windows 8 will arrive in 2012: Ballmer

Windows 8 will arrive in 2012: BallmerBig day for Microsoft, then. Yesterday saw not only the Mango announcement for Windows Phone 7, but also saw Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer go on record that the next version of Windows itself, Windows 8, will arrive next year.

With Windows Phone 7 focused exclusively on smartphones, or for now anyway, Windows 8 is set to mark Microsoft's official entry into the tablet market. Let's hope Android hasn't gobbled up all the pies by then.

Speaking at a developer conference in Tokyo, Ballmer confirmed the 2012 ship date for Windows 8, and promised plenty of updates on what to expect as the year progresses.

“As we progress though the year, you ought to expect to hear a lot about Windows 8. Windows 8 slates, tablets, PCs, a variety of different form factors.”

We're not altogether sure if this was just Ballmer listing devices off the cuff, or whether Microsoft thinks slates and tablets are two separate things. But all the same the OS is set to be a pivotal release for the firm.

While Windows 7 has been well received following the largely unliked Vista, its one glaring flaw is its tablet-unfriendliness – even though a good few manufacturers have gone ahead and built tablets on the platform anyway.

For now, any kind of detail as to what Windows 8 will offer is thin on the ground, but as Mr Ballmer himself has said – watch this space.

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blizzard7  May. 25, 2011 at 09:48

Please don't make it a gimmicky update like Apple intends to make Mac OS X Lion.


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