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: Win 8 vs. Meego vs. ....?
6/15/2011 5:14:47 PM
What he said. Microsoft will have their core apps recompiled for ARM, no doubt. The Metro UI demo shows Office running on ARM. What should, hopefully, make the ARM transition easier is that Windows 8 will have the same kernel and tech across all platforms. That means you write the code once and then compile for ARM, x86 and x64 without reprogramming anything.
At least, if it's done right that's the way it will work.
"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997
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