Ballmer: Next version of Windows due out next year

It's not exactly a shock but this time it is official. Current Microsoft head man Steven Ballmer told an audience in Japan today that the next version of its Windows operating system will be released sometime "next year". Furthermore, "Windows 8" was mentioned by name during Ballmer's speech, made at Microsoft's developers forum in Tokyo. Specifically Ballmer said, "As we progress through the year, you ought to expect to hear a lot about Windows 8. Windows 8 slates, tablets, PCs, a variety of different form factors."

The mention of Windows 8 came near the end of Ballmer's speech where he touched on a variety of different topics. Ballmer also talked in general terms about how Microsoft want to improve a PCs' user interface along with using voice and vision and even touch to help improve the PC experience. He also talked about form factors for PC products, saying, "The form factor of the devices that we all use will continue to change. I think there will be a day in the future where it will be hard to distinguish a phone from a slate, from a PC. You literally will have displays that become paper thin and very easy to fold out form your phone. And at the same time, you're going to get more and more PC-like capabilities in smaller form factor devices."

Ballmer also hyped up the upcoming Windows Phone 7 announcements that are scheduled to be revealed on Tuesday, saying, " ... that information will be forthcoming, including some of the particulars about who is going to be building Windows Phones, and which carriers will be offering them here in Japan."

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Actually...the timing of Windows 8 might co-incide with the release of the new PCs that have the 22nm technology. I think those PCs are going to start rolling out late this year.

Might be a good time next year to kill 2 birds with one stone...get a new PC with the new processor..and load with Windows 8.

How is it Microsoft's problem if people are upgrading too late? 3 years overall is too slow, not too fast. Windows versions every 2 years would have been really great. In the 90s, they almost came every year if you consider both business and consumer lines.

Hmm, seems Windows 8 is coming up on us faster than I thought. Still, 2012 marks three years since Windows 7's release and Microsoft brass did say they were abandoning lengthy development cycles in favor of shorter ones.

Mr Spoon said,
I probably won't be buying it.
Unless I can get it for £25 or I decide to rebuild my PC next year. I'll just wait for Windows 9 thanks.

Same here =) At this point Windows has become a 'want' rather than a 'need'.

I'm quite happy with 7 so i highly doubt i will jump on 8 right away. I was on XP even through Vista, mostly because Vista was a POS and then i went to 7. So unless 8 is a HUGE improvement over 7 illl stick with 7.

3dfxman said,
I'm quite happy with 7 so i highly doubt i will jump on 8 right away. I was on XP even through Vista, mostly because Vista was a POS and then i went to 7. So unless 8 is a HUGE improvement over 7 illl stick with 7.

Vista pre SP1 but more SP2 was not good, but after that itS fine - I manage over 100 machines running vista now and can honestly say they are all spot on machines - I absolutely hate using XP now, simply due to the lack of quick access features that came with vista onwards.

Vista is no windows 7, but patched up its a hell of a lot better than XP - group think may have got to you my friend

duddit2 said,

Vista pre SP1 but more SP2 was not good, but after that itS fine - I manage over 100 machines running vista now and can honestly say they are all spot on machines - I absolutely hate using XP now, simply due to the lack of quick access features that came with vista onwards.

Vista is no windows 7, but patched up its a hell of a lot better than XP - group think may have got to you my friend

people seem to forget that XP before SP1, was so much MORE **** then Vista before SP1. Vista had a much better workable OS at launch then XP did....
but people flame Vista, even tho Vista SP2 and later... ran as smooth as a babies bottom.

Then again, haters be hating.

3dfxman said,
I'm quite happy with 7 so i highly doubt i will jump on 8 right away. I was on XP even through Vista, mostly because Vista was a POS and then i went to 7. So unless 8 is a HUGE improvement over 7 illl stick with 7.

vista wasnt good because hardware wasn't made for it... what i mean is, even videocards frmo 2006 weren't compatible... it was "heavy" compared with xp. so people weren't prepared to that jump. of corse after sp2 everything became good. and its more secure than xp. windows 7 is better, in alot of features and speed, but also thats because hardware got better with years, and hardware use windows 7 better and windows 7 use hardware better.

I think there was a blog out there that said something about Windows 8 heading for an October 2012 release. But as fast as the builds are leaking out...who knows..it could be sooner.

lordcanti86 said,
We knew it was coming next year. Why is this news?

*sigh.* Did you even read the article?

It's not exactly a shock but this time it is official.

due out next year? BS, its not even beta yet probably another 2-4 months until that, and the beta phase takes about 6 to 9 months plus time to do the RTM process unless they go littearly from RTM straight to sales.... which MS never seems to do with windows.. give it another 3 months.... now we are into 2013 and since there will be more then one architecture for this to support, testing might even be longer yet unless they push the ARM version back past the x86/x64 release

neufuse said,
due out next year? BS, its not even beta yet probably another 2-4 months until that, and the beta phase takes about 6 to 9 months plus time to do the RTM process unless they go littearly from RTM straight to sales.... which MS never seems to do with windows.. give it another 3 months.... now we are into 2013 and since there will be more then one architecture for this to support, testing might even be longer yet unless they push the ARM version back past the x86/x64 release

Beta is supposedly coming at PDC11

lordcanti86 said,

Beta is supposedly coming at PDC11

Which is mid september 2011, which is 4 months off which is the high range of what I said for the beta phase to start...

neufuse said,

Which is mid september 2011, which is 4 months off which is the high range of what I said for the beta phase to start...

I'd imagine the build for the PDC in September would be a CTP build which precedes a Beta. Generally at Beta stage the coding is done and only integration/fixing/testing is going on. Huge, huge task - probably the biggest engineering task anyone will encounter.

they need to get something out there to compete with google os.

win 7 is so nice. wont make sense for companies to jump right onto win 8. not to mention UAC is a real pain in the ass. i have to disable it most of the time...

Isn't that too soon? People are just getting used to Windows 7, governments and institutions are only recently just considering Windows Vista... lol.

splur said,
Isn't that too soon? People are just getting used to Windows 7, governments and institutions are only recently just considering Windows Vista... lol.

Our Company just upgraded from office 2003 to office 2007 a few months ago and not office 2010. However, I couldn't see them upgrading us from XP to Vista, it will likely be 7.

sask said,

Our Company just upgraded from office 2003 to office 2007 a few months ago and not office 2010. However, I couldn't see them upgrading us from XP to Vista, it will likely be 7.

Ditto, my company jumped from XP to 7, skipped XP. We also skipped Communicator 2007, going from 2005 to Lync. I don't think many business will use Vista at all.

splur said,
Isn't that too soon? People are just getting used to Windows 7, governments and institutions are only recently just considering Windows Vista... lol.

Wait...people complain that MS moves too slow...and now people are gonna complain that they're going too fast?

lordcanti86 said,

Wait...people complain that MS moves too slow...and now people are gonna complain that they're going too fast?

Yep.

Now, guess what people would do if MS started moving more slowly again.

The place I work for is aiming to complete the move to Windows 7 / Office 2010 by the end of this year. The total number of PCs is well into 5 figures worth.

You can bet they will force it before November in time for holiday comp sales but IMO it's way WAY too early to release a new version!!!

sava700 said,
You can bet they will force it before November in time for holiday comp sales but IMO it's way WAY too early to release a new version!!!

Why? It's over a year from now and Windows 7 has been out for a while now.

sava700 said,
You can bet they will force it before November in time for holiday comp sales but IMO it's way WAY too early to release a new version!!!

My feeling it's going to earlier than that. I'm betting there trying to push for the back to school season.

Make It so that it can run on a BeagleBoard and People will buy it in droves just to have an arm version of Windows. I know I would, who dosent want a fanless windows system that can run your .net pregrams with little to know code changes or recompiling?

Einlander said,
Make It so that it can run on a BeagleBoard and People will buy it in droves just to have an arm version of Windows. I know I would, who dosent want a fanless windows system that can run your .net pregrams with little to know code changes or recompiling?

What?

Einlander said,
Make It so that it can run on a BeagleBoard and People will buy it in droves just to have an arm version of Windows. I know I would, who dosent want a fanless windows system that can run your .net pregrams with little to know code changes or recompiling?

CODE CHANGE: know TO no

ffMathy said,

What?

If you have ever written a .netcf program you will know that the same exe will run without recompiling on windows mobile/windows ce which is arm, and on windows which is x86/64. Also the beagleboard is a low cost board with everything you would need for a full system.

@blachole
Can't edit my post. I do need to slow down and read what I write. I tend to spell things out as i hear them and not as how they should be spelled.

Einlander said,
Also the beagleboard is a low cost board with everything you would need for a full system.

How about they bring out a Beagleboard 2 that can run Windows 8 instead of Microsoft removing the Windows from Windows 8 so it can fit on an archaic board.

Einlander said,

If you have ever written a .netcf program you will know that the same exe will run without recompiling on windows mobile/windows ce which is arm, and on windows which is x86/64. Also the beagleboard is a low cost board with everything you would need for a full system.

@blachole
Can't edit my post. I do need to slow down and read what I write. I tend to spell things out as i hear them and not as how they should be spelled.

This wont run on .NET Compact framework, this will be the full .NET spec, so even if its an ARM chip it WILL run without recompileing as long as you do not use non-managedDDL imports from a library... since libraries that are not managed are compiled for a specific arch linking to them would not work unless you have an ARM library on an arm device....

neufuse said,

This wont run on .NET Compact framework, this will be the full .NET spec, so even if its an ARM chip it WILL run without recompileing as long as you do not use non-managedDDL imports from a library... since libraries that are not managed are compiled for a specific arch linking to them would not work unless you have an ARM library on an arm device....

I know it runs full .net i was just giving a current example of potential ease of portability. Also the full .net framework runs .netcf targeted programs. I use to make them out of lazyness for personal use to share with my winmo 6.5 phone and desktop.

@Sacha Who knows what will happen within a year? I wanna believe!