Microsoft Exec Hints Windows 8 Will Drop in Fall 2012
June 15, 2011 11:49 AM
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A "beta" of Windows 8 is expected to launch in September or October; the retail version is expected to launch approximately a year later.
New operating system is company's "riskiest" yet
Metro-UI inspired makeover
support for ARM
architecture CPUs, and
putting Ribbons in places
that some people might not be ready for (e.g. Windows Explorer), Microsoft Corp.'s (
) upcoming Windows 8 is the
software giant's "riskiest product"
, according to Chief Executive Steve Ballmer.
At a promotional event for September's
, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President Dan'l Lewin let the company's purported launch schedule slip. He said that a beta would land soon after the conference and the OS would go through a year of tune-up testing before being officially launched in September/October 2012.
That launch date "makes sense" as it's in line with most past Windows launches, which typically came in the Fall.
Windows 8 will follow the
best-selling Windows 7 operating system
, which launched in Oct. 2009. Its development cycle will last approximately three years -- about the same as that of Windows 7, which replaced the Jan. 2007 launched Vista. (It is worth noting that Vista took approximately five years to develop.)
Mr. Lewin defended Microsoft's decision to
use Windows 8 for tablets
, rather than the Windows Phone operating system. He said the decision will enhance enterprise security. And he argues putting a smart phone operating system on a tablet amounts to "compromising" the user experience -- he says users want PC features in their tablets.
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RE: Title wrong
6/15/2011 1:37:00 PM
No doubt. Every tablet ever sold with a Windows OS has been a turd. Windows is a complete failure in the tablet market. The "ribbon" is a disaster, universally loathed by everyone in my office. What used to take 2 clicks of the mouse with traditional drop-down menus, now takes 3 or 4 or 5 clicks. It's cumbersome and unpleasant. Sorry Microsoft, but Apple absolutely kicks your butt when it comes to UI design.
RE: Title wrong
6/15/2011 1:53:24 PM
Then there's the Metro interface, which wipes the floor with Apple's iOS UI.
RE: Title wrong
6/15/2011 3:09:43 PM
Metro a code work for gay like in metrosexual?
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