Windows 8 could be shown at CES next month

We might just get a sneak preview of Microsoft’s next operating system at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. So suggests the New York Times, which has word from a "person with knowledge of Microsoft’s plans" that Steve Ballmer could demonstrate a tablet and "other companion devices" running Windows 8 at the show.

The Times says Windows 7 tablets will be the main attraction, however. Ballmer is reportedly expected to show Windows 7 slates from Dell and Samsung, with the latter delivering a form factor similar to the iPad’s and a slide-out keyboard for "easy typing." The Samsung device should display the regular Windows 7 interface with the keyboard out in landscape mode, but in portrait mode, users will be treated to a "layered interface"—presumably something better-suited to plain touch input.

Oh, and here’s another interesting tidbit. According to the Times, Microsoft is encouraging developers to create HTML5-based web applications for Windows 7 slates and host the apps on their own websites. No iTunes App Store copycat there. Using HTML5 should in theory mean compatibility with non-Windows devices… including other tablets running other platforms. Pushing developers to embrace open standards instead of using proprietary Windows APIs doesn’t sound very much like Microsoft, though, so I’m not holding my breath.

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    • moog
    • 9 years ago

    Just FYI. Bing released a bunch of new features like social search, maps/synths of malls/restaurants, OpenTable integration in the Bing Android App etc.


    • moog
    • 9 years ago

    Well, since some are leaking the info…

    If you’re a dev you know that we made an amazing xaml layout designer in VS2010. Silverlight, WPF awesome awesome right? Now get ready to do form layout using html5.

    Do you like power efficiency?
    Do you like non-keyboard/mouse interfaces?
    Do you like office web (and only web)?
    Do you like cloud apps?

    • albundy
    • 9 years ago

    so does this mean that ms is locking down their OS just like all the other tablet OS’s? just wondering how they are gonna go around non-x86 cpu’s like tegra and arm. it would be hysterical if you have to buy apps to use photoshop, nero, office, etc.

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 9 years ago

    You’d be a fool to upgrade.

    Win 7 = Winner !
    Win 8 = Win Me
    Win 9 = Vista
    Win 10 = Winner !

    • no51
    • 9 years ago

    Man, Windows 7 must be a giant pile if they’re replacing it 2-3 years later.

    • colinstu
    • 9 years ago

    Everyone is alright when Apple releases a new version of OS X every year or two (which is simply a Service Pack update in MS terms) but the second MS tries to do the same thing all hell breaks loose.

    • anotherengineer
    • 9 years ago

    Hey Micro$oft fix up win7 some more before spamming us with more crap.

      • Sargent Duck
      • 9 years ago

      uhhh…fix what? Win 7 has been by far the most complete and stable OS Microsoft has ever released.

      On topic, I’m a little confused. They talk about Windows 8 which I assumed was for desktops, but all I’m seeing is netbooks/tablet talk. Nothing about desktops. Is Windows 8 going to be a tablet OS and Windows 9 the next desktop version?

      a little clarification from those in the know would be great.

    • Krogoth
    • 9 years ago

    Windows 8 PR = MS counter to Android and Chrome OS

    • FuturePastNow
    • 9 years ago

    All right, Microsoft, there’s no need to rush this. Windows 7 is good. Add a couple more years to the development cycle and make its replacement something even better.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 9 years ago

    Android for the win!

    but seriously what the heck?

    I’m excited to see win8 after how much I liked win7

      • Corrado
      • 9 years ago

      Why would you use android on a tablet? Even Google says its not for tablets. They want you to use Chrome OS on a tablet.

    • ApockofFork
    • 9 years ago

    I’m doubtful about the windows 8 demo. On ars they had an interview with the Ballmer and he said they had a touch/tablet interface in the works for windows 7 so I bet this is what they’re going to demo.

    Separate note: if microsoft could even begin to get their api mess in order people might be more confident that their api/platform of choice will be supported in the future. Maybe someone in the company sees the mess and is just saying screw it developers go with something everyone can agree on .

      • TREE
      • 9 years ago

      I’m inclined to agree with you here, programming in win32 is a nightmare. With its overuse of callback functions and its hard to abstract from message loop, win32 API is horrible. Heck I could even talk about Winsock (windows networking library) programming… but that’s another nightmare for another time.

        • indeego
        • 9 years ago

        At least it’s not iOS programming, where developers are fearful to publicly blast apple for that shitstorm, given fear of removal from app storeg{<.<}g

        • BlackStar
        • 9 years ago

        Callbacks? You mean the window procedure?

        Just move your abstraction one layer above that and it suddenly becomes trivial.

    • blastdoor
    • 9 years ago

    This sounds like a minor tweak of the same basic approach that MS has been taking with tablets for 10 years. It’s hard to see how this approach will become more successful now than in the past.

      • jdaven
      • 9 years ago

      I don’t see MS being successful in the tablet or smartphone markets. MS is a great company with many skillful software/hardware engineers but they were just way, way, way too late to these markets.

        • OneArmedScissor
        • 9 years ago

        Lots of people said they didn’t see them being successful in the video game market, and they were like 30 years late to that lol.

        At least in recent times, every market they seemingly “competed” in and “lost” because they were “too late” was one that’s not going to survive, like MP3 players.

        Follow the money coming into the software world and you will find MS finding ways to get their hands on it. Right now, this is more or less a hardware game and they’ll throw all their weight in when that’s sorted out.

          • blastdoor
          • 9 years ago

          Seems to me that success is a function of four things — product characteristics, financial resources, marketing, and timing.

          With respect to smartphones, MS appears to have a decent product and plenty of money, but their timing and marketing are weak.

          With respect to tablets, MS appears to lack all but the money.

          My guess is that MS will have some success with smartphones but that tablets will continue to flop until they accept that they need to do more than just put Windows on a tablet with a pull-out keyboard. There seems to be some kind of ideological commitment to that approach from the current CEO, though, so it might require a new CEO to change direction.

          • axeman
          • 9 years ago


          • MadManOriginal
          • 9 years ago

          People these days also have the attention span of a gnat and think that 5 years makes a market ‘mature’ and there won’t be any shakeups.

        • Ricardo Dawkins
        • 9 years ago

        Looks like Windows Mobile in 2002 was way too late to the smartphone market. indeed.

          • BlackStar
          • 9 years ago

          It sucked balls, so it doesn’t matter anyway.

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