Windows 8 is the codename of the next version of Microsoft Windows, a family of operating systems produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, netbooks, tablet PCs, servers, and media center PCs. It adds support for ARM microprocessors in addition to the traditional x86 microprocessors from Intel and AMD. Its user interface has been changed to make it better suitable for touchscreen input in addition to the traditional mouse and keyboard input.
Microsoft corporate vice president Dan’l Lewin suggested the OS would be released in Autumn 2012.
“We will be in market – if you look at the crystal ball and just say what happened in the past is a reasonable indicator of what our forward looking timelines will be and just speculate – we’ve made the point about having a developer conference later this year, and then typically we enter a beta phase, and then in 12 months we’re in the market, so let’s make that assumption,” he said at the LAUNCH event, which took place at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley resort, in June this year.
Windows 8 Features
You can customise both the image you see on the Windows 8 Lock screen and the details of unread emails and missed instant messages that it shows. And you can pin desktop apps such as Office or Task Manager, and even a link to the desktop, to the Lock screen.
Microsoft employee Robert Morgan appeared to detail the software giant’s plans to make a 128-bit version of Windows 8, and even Windows 9, on LinkedIn, where he listed his job as ‘senior research and development’. His profile, which has now been removed from the business networking site, said Morgan was “working in high security department for research and development involving strategic planning for medium and longterm projects”.