Although it's only been a few days since
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told the audience at the 2011 Japanese
Microsoft Developers Conference that his company would
not be releasing Windows 8 until 2012 (a statement that Microsoft
later retracted), Bloomberg Businessweek reports that the company will preview an early version of its new,
tablet-centric OS as soon as next week.
Bloomberg cites three anonymous
sources familiar with Microsoft's plans that say the company will display a
touchscreen tablet running on NVIDIA's ARM-based Tegra chip. Windows President
Steven Sinofsky will present at the All Things D conference, and VP Steve
Guggenheimer will appear at Computex in Taipei, according to Bloomberg.
representatives declined comment, but Ballmer hinted at the newfound
urgency in a speech in New Delhi: "We are in a race," he
reportedly said. "We are not doing that badly, frankly. We are doing
pretty well in that race. But the race is on to continue to push Windows to a
variety of new form factors."
new OS will not be available until next year, "the company is eager to
show it is moving forward, seeking to generate demand among computer makers and
chip suppliers," Bloomberg's Ian King and Dina Bass write.