The demo of Widows 8 appears to be on the horizon, with Microsoft recently passing an internal schedule point called “Milestone 2”. As we have seen previously with Microsoft releases of products this would place the release for the end of July. There would have to be a demo first, which there has been talks of June 2011. It important to note that Windows 8 is a working name that the public has dubbed it. There has been no official release of the name for the OS following Windows 7.
With Windows 7 still doing so well both in sales and customer satisfaction it does not make sense for Microsoft to release another operating system for PC’s just yet. All speculation point’s towards this first release being for tablet’s.
It has long been known that Microsoft has been struggling to break into the tablet market. Their new marketing plan appears to release the Windows 8 so that it looks a lot similar to the iPad, even though it stemmed from their own setup with Windows XP. It was initially designed for use of a remote, but is being re-purposed to work on touch. Also in the lineup of similarities are the specs. Hopefully Microsoft can make a break into the tablet world without coming too close to copying Apple.
Although there has been a prediction that the Windows 8 for tablets will be more business oriented, it has also been shared that it will feature its own apps, and app store. Is there that big of a demand for business oriented apps? It remains to be seen, though it would appear to be a missed speculation on someones part. Regardless, this is another feature that makes the OS look more like a copy of the iPad.
Getting back to the release it was rumored that there would be a demonstration at CES back in January. It was stated that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer would unveil some part’s of Windows 8 during the keynote, alongside other Microsoft product’s Windows Phone 7 and Xbox. At the end of the day, all that was announced is that Windows 8 will be running on SoC chips such as ARM. Leak’s from Dell has shown that the company is working on a tablet that runs Windows 8.
Hopefully this will be the break that Microsoft is looking for to become a presence in the tablet world, and that it will be free of major delays, which is what has cost Microsoft that chance in the past. Here is to looking forward to the demonstration!