We’re not overly concerned with scribbling about non-mobile operating systems here on Mobot, but we’ve a particular interest in Windows 8 given the convergence with tablets and that.
Microsoft has confirmed that its next operating system will indeed be called Windows 8 (big surprise), and there’ll be just three variants. That’s not too bad, eh?
Intel-based x86/x64 machines will rock Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro. Needless to say the bog standard Windows 8 will be aimed at consumers while Windows 8 Pro will be tailored for super-nerds and business types.
ARM-based chaps, on the other hand, will have their own version called Windows 8 RT or ‘Runtime’. It’ll primarily be found on tablets (‘citing), with special touchified versions of Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
Big daddy Microsoft has yet to announce an official release date for Windows 8, however we’re hoping to see the first devices – tablets in particular, natch – before the end of the year.
A number of manufacturers are quite excited about the prospect of Windows 8 tablets, including Samsung (no surprises there since it has a finger in, like, every pie every baked) and Nokia.