Microsoft in the past has generally kept real tight lips on the release dates or even details on upcoming project releases. It was quite a surprise that they showed off a piece of there new OS code named Windows 8 earlier in the year.
Recent hints from Microsoft VP for Strategic and Emerging Business Development Dani Lewin shocked many in the IT world as he all but confirmed that we could expect a release as early as fall of 2012.
Mr Lewin as quoted here said “what happened in the past is a reasonable indicator of what our forward looking time lines will be and just speculate. We have made a point about having a developer conference later this year, and then typically we enter a beta phase, and then 12 months we’re in the market, so lets make that assumption”.
There have been speculation over what the UI will actually look like, but in a rare sneak peek Microsoft released a teaser video showing some of the features to be released. The main change will be the start up screen which will employ a tile interface that reminds us of a more phone like feel. The OS is being built to cater to the touch screen world as well as the traditional keyboard and mouse crowd.
Its yet to be seen exactly what versions will be released but if the past is an indicator of the future we can most likely expect a home and business version. We are awaiting the candidate releases now so we in the tech world can dig in and see what it is all about, but for now all we have is what Microsoft wants us to know.
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