The first Windows operating system that has been designed for application in tablet like devices will be demoed as early as next week, sources privy of the company’s future plans revealed. The commercial release of the Windows 8 OS is still some way off, as it is not expected to be released before the end of this year or early next.
Microsoft has been desperately trying to make a mark in the fast evolving tablet PC segment, though consumer response to its currently available Windows 7 has been lukewarm at best. It’s not without reason, though, as Windows 7 has been designed for operation in conventional computing platforms such as desktop PCs and not in a tablet environment where everything is accomplished via touch gestures. A longer battery life is also a prime requisite for a true blue mobile device and Windows 7 powered tablets have been woefully short in that aspect so far.
The Windows 8 version aims to take care of all those short-comings and special emphasis has been accorded to make it more touch friendly. For example, the web browser will show those pages that are open as tiles and not tabs. Windows 8 will also include a settings panel that seems to have been drawn from Windows 7 feature list. Windows 8 has also been designed to run on low power ARM based CPS such as the Tegra chipset to enhance battery life. In fact, it is extremely important for Windows 8 to score on the battery front if it wishes to be competitive against the more established players in the market such as the iPad or other Android based devices.
Windows 8 will be seen running on a tablet having a NVIDIA Tegra processor at the All Things D conference scheduled to be held next week.