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Ballmer says to expect Windows 8 'next year'

Ballmer says to expect Windows 8 'next year'

This is almost certainly not what the Windows 8 logo will look like.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has confirmed that the company plans to release a ‘new generation’ of Windows next year.

The announcement came during a speech at a developer’s conference in Japan, during which the bombastic Ballmer also used the name Windows 8 publicly for the first time.

He explained that despite the success of Windows 7, Microsoft wasn’t resting on its laurels. ‘We’re obviously hard at work on the next version of Windows’ he said. ‘As we progress through the year, you ought to hear a lot about Windows 8.

Initially it seemed as though this announcement represented a change in tack from Microsoft, which had previously avoided using the name Windows 8.

However, a Microsoft spokesperson later told ZSNet that Ballmer mis-spoke, saying that ‘to date, we have yet to formally announce any timing or naming for the next version of Windows.

Ballmer also took a little time in his speech to attempt to explain Microsoft’s $8.5 billion purchase of Skype, saying that ‘the most fundamental thing we do is help people communicate, which is why we continue to drive forward with products like Outlook and Lync, and also, frankly, why we made the decision to acquire Skype.

Whether or not Microsoft can make any money out of Skype remains to be seen, although Ballmer pointed out that ‘Skype is the most popular software on the planet for people who want to do real-time video connection.

Are you looking forward to Windows 8, or are you likely to be sticking with Windows 7? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Fizzban 24th May 2011, 12:29 Quote
I shall be sticking with 7 for some time yet. Be interesting to see how 8 turns out.
Phil Rhodes 24th May 2011, 12:32 Quote
Windows has offered practically no new features that users can actually see for the last eleven years.

Must try harder. Or stop trying.
proxess 24th May 2011, 12:37 Quote
7.1?
l3v1ck 24th May 2011, 12:39 Quote
The Chinese are going to love it.
l3v1ck 24th May 2011, 12:47 Quote
Quote:
Are you looking forward to Windows 8, or are you likely to be sticking with Windows 7?
No, I'll be sticking to Windows 7. I've only just upgraded everything from XP in the last year. It'll be a long time before I feel the need to replace my OS again, no matter how good Windows 8 will be.
Kakeshoma 24th May 2011, 12:57 Quote
3 years between desktop OS is a little quick imo...
Probably wont get Win 8 unless it prints money...
r3loaded 24th May 2011, 12:59 Quote
I'll probably be getting it through MSDN AA, so :p
CrapBag 24th May 2011, 13:04 Quote
I'll probably buy it if they do the pre-order deals that they did with win 7, I have upgraded 3 of our pc's to win 7, mine got a pre-order full copy and two got student upgrades. If I get win 8 then my win 7copy goes to my son 8. Might even do my laptop if the price is right.

I wouldn't bother otherwise though.
Mentai 24th May 2011, 13:12 Quote
It's a bit soon considering how good Win 7 is. I won't be upgrading without MS forcing my hand with some DX12 only bs. I would like to see a feature list of Win 8 actually, I can't think of anything they could do except more UI changes.
BentAnat 24th May 2011, 13:13 Quote
I'll probably get Win8. No issues with a 3 year cycle from my side...
Nikumba 24th May 2011, 13:20 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kakeshoma
3 years between desktop OS is a little quick imo...
Probably wont get Win 8 unless it prints money...

So what would you think is a good time frame?
liratheal 24th May 2011, 13:26 Quote
I'll see what it's like before deciding.

I'll probably get at least one copy through works channels to test, though.
Autti 24th May 2011, 13:39 Quote
I don't mind them releasing the products more regularly, as long as they are cheaper as they will include less content.
tristanperry 24th May 2011, 13:54 Quote
Will almost definitely be avoiding Windows 8. I don't see any new features which I couldn't live without (Windows 7 and - if I ever switch back to it - Ubuntu, do all that I need), and I dislike the ribbon interface.
WarFace 24th May 2011, 14:03 Quote
I think I said this about XP
but... I will never upgrade to Win8, Win7 is the best ever! :)
bnicholls195 24th May 2011, 14:09 Quote
I may pre-order it, its a good chance to pick a cheap version of Windows!
MrJay 24th May 2011, 14:15 Quote
Windows 7 does everything i need very well...and more, why would i want to upgrade?
Saying that if 8 is the dogs nuts and provides some interesting features then ill probably hop on it (if i can get it on the cheap, i got my copy of 7 Ultimate for pretty much free through my last work)
But for what i use my PC for XP would suffice, i'm just running 7 as a luxury.

I can understand the ever increasing need for an OS that works on portable and more tactile devices such as tablets and indeed the low power and battery saving features that accompany portable devices. But why not just branch off the OS and leave Win7 for the desktops and make 8 for the up and coming devices.

No point in forcing innovation on a product that is very competent and still very young...SP2 anyone?
mi1ez 24th May 2011, 14:23 Quote
I'll give the public beta a go if they do it again and then decide given pricing.
C-Sniper 24th May 2011, 14:31 Quote
Unless the memory and disk footprint is cut and it has some awesome (NOT Aesthetic) features then I will upgrade. Otherwise, I will continue to use Win7 that I get through my school's MSDNAA
fingerbob69 24th May 2011, 14:51 Quote
Do you really need a completely new OS to go from DX 11 to DX12?

Right now, given the paltry numbers of DX11 games, would you want to?
jrs77 24th May 2011, 14:53 Quote
Microsoft should do what most Linux-distributions and MacOSX is doing for the last ten years: not trying to reinvent the wheel, but improve it more frequently through free updates.

Win7 would basically be WinXP SP7 then, if we go by the MacOS-pattern.
Unknownsock 24th May 2011, 15:11 Quote
Given the rumours that Windows 8 will be completely universal between phones, tablets and PC's.

I'll be upgrading and getting a tablet at the same time. maybe.
SMIFFYDUDE 24th May 2011, 15:23 Quote
Shouldn't it be ZDNet?
DragunovHUN 24th May 2011, 15:36 Quote
If there's another public testing opportunity and preorder discount, i'm in.
Hakuren 24th May 2011, 15:48 Quote
If I could I would switch to W2000 in a blink of the eye. It was my personal favorite WinOS. XP wasn't bad, but there were issues with SP2/3 for many people. Vista was good, never had a single BSOD or problem with anything, but GUI was bloody heavy and cumbersome. W7 is stable, but it is so cheesy and pointless. Ergonomics of the interface is pretty much non-existent. Everything is - on purpose - more complicated. Need to use many 3rd party software to streamline the workload (including of course fabulous freeware - Classic Shell). And if anything from - supposedly - leaked screen shots about W8 is true, I won't touch "Eight", Ever. You'll need to pay me a lot of money to -just- think about buying it...
<A88> 24th May 2011, 15:56 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phil Rhodes
Windows has offered practically no new features that users can actually see for the last eleven years.

Must try harder. Or stop trying.

If I were a mod I've have banned you just for the sheer stupidity of that statement. I've sure if Ballmer gets the shove though you'll be the first one Microsoft contact's when they want ideas on how to 'stop trying' with a product that dominates 90% of the market and even in its most recent iteration has become the fastest selling OS of all time.
<A88> 24th May 2011, 16:04 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by jrs77
Microsoft should do what most Linux-distributions and MacOSX is doing for the last ten years: not trying to reinvent the wheel, but improve it more frequently through free updates.

Win7 would basically be WinXP SP7 then, if we go by the MacOS-pattern.

What features has Apple added to OSX for free in the last 10 years? Both they and Microsoft merely send out security patches and service packs between releases, nothing more.

I can see the point that you're trying to make though, that Microsoft should introduce more frequent and cheaper OS updates, but I'd imagine the nature of Windows means that a) it would be a right ol' PITA to support dozens of different Windows versions and b) Microsoft has to do a considerably larger amount of testing than Apple because of its wider hardware base.
borandi 24th May 2011, 16:09 Quote
A mix of easy to navigate XP with the increased productivity of Win7 please. At work we still have XP, so I installed a Win7 'Snap' feature called AeroSnap to let me use that feature in XP. Increases productivity so much it's awesome.
mighty_pirate 24th May 2011, 17:13 Quote
2.0, 3.1, 98, XP, 7.
Microsoft are yet to make two consecutive versions of Windows that are really good. So I have an irrational, medieval suspicion of Windows 8.
rogerrabbits 24th May 2011, 17:31 Quote
Little quick for me too. I only got 7 late last year and I really love it. I didn't NEED it, but it works as well as XP only much prettier and some nice little helpful features. I cant see me going to 8 though, 7 is already as high tech as i need for now.
Cadair 24th May 2011, 17:35 Quote
I have mostly given up with windows all together now, though I still have it installed for gaming and other things.
Its not that I dislike windows 7, actually I think its very good just Fedora is more useful to me for the work I do on my PC.

Will probably give Windows 8 Beta a go if they release it as a public beta again.
thehippoz 24th May 2011, 18:06 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by mighty_pirate
2.0, 3.1, 98, XP, 7.
Microsoft are yet to make two consecutive versions of Windows that are really good. So I have an irrational, medieval suspicion of Windows 8.

you forgot the different versions of dos, windows 95, 95 osr2, 2000, most important NT oh and who can forget that garbage millennium xD

I liked 95osr2

probably get windows 8 in beta but end make making it look as much like vista as possible.. windows 7 is vista with all the tweaks applied and a sucky version of aero
Cleggmeister 24th May 2011, 18:30 Quote
If its a genuine step up, like from 98 to XP, then from XP to 7 I'll do it. If not I won't. Common sense really...
Jaybles 24th May 2011, 18:30 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by r3loaded
I'll probably be getting it through MSDN AA, so :p

Same :)
OCJunkie 24th May 2011, 20:26 Quote
Pffffff, M$ constantly releases new versions with practically no improvements other than being more "purty" and eating up more resources as hardware evolves--but they don't really. It's just a big money grab because they know everyone will upgrade, since people have the "well it MUST be better since its newer" attitude. Personally the next version is going to have to completely obliterate 7 both in terms of performance and features for me to even think about it, which I sincerely doubt it will...
Jehla 24th May 2011, 20:58 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by OCJunkie
Pffffff, M$ constantly releases new versions with practically no improvements other than being more "purty" and eating up more resources as hardware evolves--but they don't really. It's just a big money grab because they know everyone will upgrade, since people have the "well it MUST be better since its newer" attitude. Personally the next version is going to have to completely obliterate 7 both in terms of performance and features for me to even think about it, which I sincerely doubt it will...

Exhibit A: My parents still use XP

Exhibit B: Many company's still use XP

Exhibit C: Apple release a new version every couple of years.

I went from XP to win7, to say there have been no improvements makes me wonder if you have even used it.
The_Beast 24th May 2011, 21:03 Quote
If it's REALLY good then I'll consider buying it but only if I get my student discount like I did for Win7
Paradigm Shifter 24th May 2011, 21:21 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by thehippoz
you forgot the different versions of dos, windows 95, 95 osr2, 2000, most important NT oh and who can forget that garbage millennium xD

I liked 95osr2

probably get windows 8 in beta but end make making it look as much like vista as possible.. windows 7 is vista with all the tweaks applied and a sucky version of aero

I think the point he was trying to make was that he listed those releases of Windows that he considered to be good.

...

I'll be sticking with 7 for the forseeable future.
faceplant 25th May 2011, 02:09 Quote
from last septembers leaked build it looks like they are licensing alot more 3rd party software, but that was 9 months ago.

theirs rumour of a 128bit version which leads us to believe that Intel, AMD or some other chip manufacturers maybe working on 128bit tech.

I think the real idea for 8 is to have it run on as many different chipsets, cpus, and media as possible hence the ARM coding.

Will be grabbing a copy of an RC off technet as soon as its shows up or even on connect but I doubt it will go to MS connect....and then the whole process of upgrading starts again at work, hopefully they bring back the old sysprep imaging way for smaller roll outs, as WAIK and SCCM are crap and long winded.
Volund 25th May 2011, 02:55 Quote
I'll grab it via MSDNAA when it comes up, for testing at minimum, it might even become my main OS if it's up to snuff.... I'm not really holding my breath, but it might have enough new features without being a bloated pos....
Pookeyhead 25th May 2011, 09:08 Quote
I'll upgrade. What annoys me about this however is the interim period where there's no 3rd part support... no skins and themes, and theme patches. Little things like that, so you have to run vanilla for a while. I'll wait a couple of months after release, then order... unless there's a good pre-order deal like last time.
Tattysnuc 25th May 2011, 10:49 Quote
Hmmm. £100 for a piece of software that gives me no tangible benefits over the software that I have, and introduces new driver.software issues. No thanks. I've 4 machines to maintain at home, so I really cannot justify the expense.

Especially when you include antivirus, office and Video editing software... It gets very expensive....
bogie170 25th May 2011, 18:02 Quote
Windows 8, Direct X v12.0, Windows Skype v7.0, Windows Live v27.365.2.1.45.76 etc.....
chrisb2e9 25th May 2011, 18:49 Quote
I'm running vista....
I tried 7 on my girlfriends new laptop and didn't like it. But then I would *almost* rather use win95 because it let you do what you want...
DragunovHUN 25th May 2011, 19:01 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tattysnuc

Especially when you include antivirus, office and Video editing software... It gets very expensive....

With the other software i guess it depends, but you can keep your old Office if you change to another Windows version.

And who pays for antivirus when there's MSE (or free third party products if that's what strikes your fancy)...
bobwya 26th May 2011, 01:12 Quote
I'm not following the link to that drive-by Warez site ZSNet - no way man! You guys should know better!
ssj12 26th May 2011, 04:08 Quote
hopefully W7 SP2 adds and improves the OS
Bruners 26th May 2011, 19:13 Quote
I will continue to use GNU/Linux as my OS of choice, but obviously i will give any new releases from Microsoft a test drive
Kasius 27th May 2011, 01:02 Quote
Developers, Developers, Developers, Developers. Developers, Developers, Developers, Developers. :)
cowtc 27th May 2011, 15:26 Quote
seems to soon, people are still using win xp for work! Win 7 is only just about to catch on. Although everyone seems to be skipping Vista lol
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