It’s no secret that Microsoft have been working hard on the next Windows installment for some time, but it’s the first time we’ve heard something official about it.
According to Steve Ballmer, Windows 8 will be optimized for “slates, tablets, PCs, a variety of different form factors”.
Ballmer also noted Windows 7 sold over 350 million licenses worldwide and it brought lots of improvements – touch, ink and speech.
Ok, what we know so far is that Windows 8 for PCs will look much like its predecessor with a few UI changes, while the game changer should happen into the touch-based gadgets – slates, tablets, etc.
There is still no info on how and if Windows 8 will help the game development. I guess everyone is just too busy waiting for Duke Nukem Forever (which has just gone gold by the way), so we will know after the impossible happens in June.
Here is another interesting extract from the Ballmer interview:
“And yet, as we look forward to the next generation of Windows systems, which will come out next year, there’s a whole lot more coming. As we progress through the year, you ought to expect to hear a lot about Windows 8.”
So, here you are – Windows 8 is in the works and will come out in 2012. I knew it, you knew it, but it’s official now.