There have been some claims that Windows 8, the successor to the highly successful Windows 7, will be available in the market sometime at around Autumn next year. It is far from an official statement, but the one who hinted Windows 8's release date is Microsoft's Corporate VP Dan'l Lewin.
According to MS Vice President for Strategic and Emerging Business Development, Dan’l Lewin during the start-up launch event at the Microsoft Silicon Valley campus:
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.
BUILD, the developer conference in question, will take place in September. So based on the hint give by Lewin, Windows 8 will hit the stores in September 2012. Take note that the Windows 7 was RTM’d in 2009, which is exactly three years before the alleged release date for Windows 8.
Here's a taste of what you can expect from Windows 8:
With Windows 8, users can expect new features like the following:
- New Welcome Screen - has integrated Metro UI (same UI used in Windows Phone 7).
- Modern Task Manager - Basically a cosmetically revamped Task Manager that features a new "Advanced Task Manager."
- Portable Workspaces - this lets you put Windows 8 on a USB stick.
- Ribbons in Window Explorer - same UI used in Office 2007 and 2010.
- Windows App Store - similar to Apple's app store for the iOS and Mac.
These are just some of the features of Windows 8. And Microsoft is looking for a major overhaul of Windows which is for me is very important. Windows 7 is a good operating system and is definitely leagues better than Vista, but I just can't help but feel that it isn't much of a departure from Vista. But with Windows 8, it seems that Microsoft is adding both major and minor improvements to it.
Expect more news to come with regards to the release date of Windows 8, so stay tune with us.