Windows 8

 

Over the course of the past week and a half, a couple of individuals from Microsoft have commented about Windows 8 in a rather excited manner. First, there was a blog entry on January 31, 2010 (which has since then been deleted) on an MSDN blog titled, “Whats in store for the next Windows?” It’s a great read from an obviously excited employee bursting at the seams to say SOMETHING about Windows 8 — or, as he referred to it as, “Windows.next.” Below is the article in its entirety prior to its deletion (which you can still find cached in Google here):

 

One of the great (or maybe not so great) things of being at Microsoft is that every other person wants to ask you why Windows works the way it does. Since I’m part of the Windows update team I get asked even more why does my machnie reboot everytime there is an update and why are there so many updates. So naturally once Windows 7 shipped, my friends, neighbours, relatives, and whoever else you can imagine started asking me So whats next?

 

Folks started asking me whats in Windows 8 – and the first thing I have to say is that I resonate Steven Sinofsky’s interview on who said we’re calling it Windows 8? I agree with Steven that till things are baked there is no point floating ideas since it leaves people frustrated when things don’t turn out the way they expected. The Windows team promised to deliver a smarter, faster and more user friendly OS with Windows 7 and they delivered just that – the latest quaterly results of Microsoft are a clear indication that Windows 7 has been a success and customers got what Microsoft had promised them! The plan is to use a similar approach for the next version of Windows and till things are finalized you’re not going to get a “marketing” name from us:)

 

So how am I referring to the next version of Windows without saying that many words – well simple – Windows.next:) This is definitely not the official version but a version that is becoming common along my circle. So what are our plans for this next version…

 

The minimum that folks can take for granted is that the next version will be something completly different from what folks usually expect of Windows – I am simply impressed with the process that Steven has setup to listen to our customers needs and wants and get a team together than can make it happen. To actually bring together dozens and dozens of teams across Microsoft to come up with a vision for Windows.next is a process that is surreal! The themes that have been floated truly reflect what people have been looking for years and it will change the way people think about PCs and the way they use them. It is the future of PCs…

 

Thats about it for this post for the time being – I know I’m not sharing much at this point but right now I can’t as we work towards finalizing that vision. Feel free to post your comments on what you think Windows.net should be like!

 

As if that wasn’t exciting enough, John Mangelaars, Regional VP of Consumer and Online at Microsoft EMEA, is quoted today on the website CIO as saying the following:

 

[Apple is] doing well on the PC side but Windows 7 is a blockbuster. We got it really right. For me, Windows 8 will be mind-blowing.

 

Hmm. It really makes you wonder just what in the heck Steven Sinofsky and crew are cooking up for Windows 8. With everything I’ve covered in regards to Windows 8 thus far, I would say it’s definitely shaping up to be an ambitious release. Past rumored plans were for Windows 8 to be a 64-bit-only release and I’m inclined to believe that’s exactly where they’re going to go with it — especially with the latest post-Windows 7 build 7700 screen shots being 64-bit.

 

So, what do you think? Just a bunch of hype from excited employees or something potentially “mind-blowing” and “completely different?” With Sinofsky at the helm again and the success Windows 7 has seen, I’m inclined to think the latter.

 

*Hat tip to Softpedia for their article yesterday.

 

-Stephen
http://www.msftkitchen.com

105 Comments

  1. sounds awesome just hope it doesn’t turn out to be another longhorn

  2. The success of Windows 7 makes me believe Windows 8 will be exactly that; “mind-blowing”. Plus I do believe that Microsoft will call it Windows 8. I recall in one of their press releases they did mention that they will start using version numbers starting with Windows 7.

  3. I think Windows 7 was mostly mined from aborted Longhorn code. There is probably enough abandoned code left over for Windows 8 too.

  4. That guy has no conception of punctuation or grammar.

  5. @Ahmed Eltawil: Except that 7 is v6.1 and 8 will be v6.2 or v7.0 (The supposed plans are major every other release, but it is going to need enough kernel changes to warrant a major rls bump)

  6. blah blah blah .. we have a saying where i come from..

    you’ll poop if you eat enough

    the fact that someone who thinks Windows 7 is an advancement
    over Vista thinks Windows 8 is ‘mind blowing’ is about as
    credible as a prison inmate saying he’s not guilty

  7. Basically, 5 paragraphs of nothing.

    But it looks like MS is finally taking notes from Steve Jobs.

    I’m expecting to see the word “magical” pretty soon…

  8. Stephen, if you’ve ever worked for a large corporation you know that you have to drink the kool-aid, or at least act like you have. I remember one blog from Microsoft where the author was talking about the new taskbar and he kept referring to it as “delighting the user”. Do you consider yourself “delighted” when you use it? And anybody who’s ever been at a large company can tell you of meeting after meeting where the execs say they are “excited” by this or that. Naked girls walking into the room are exciting; I always thought that if these guys find the mundane stuff done at work “exciting” they really needed to get out more…

    And if you read carefully you’ll see one Msoft exec is already waffling; note how he says “FOR ME, blah blah blah”. Sure, for HIM it may be wonderful or at least he’ll claim it is; but he’s actually already admitting most other people aren’t going to see it that way.

    Bottom line — the typical bunch of marketing hot air.

  9. I really hope it doesn’t turn out to be mind-blowing-ly bad. There is a pattern:
    Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7. Get my drift?

  10. Gosh I love planned obsolescence. I wonder when Micro$oft will switch to monthly usage fees.

  11. well at least windows 7 has been a good OS so far, so I think we can expect better OS for windows 8

  12. I have a good idea, lets call windows the year it is released like they do with ubuntu.
    If they do that and it released 1n 2012, it would be called windows 12.

  13. He did not say anything about the actual content of the OS… all he blabbed about was how excited he was to give it a new name… Simple evangelical banter, nothing more.

  14. Windows 98 was supposed to be the last 16-bit Windows. Windows 7 was supposed to be 64-bit only.

    I’ll believe 8 is 64-bit only when it’s released and not before.

  15. The reason the post was removed is that it contained embarassingly little intelligent content for a company which prides itself on the intelligence of its employees. Marketing fluff is one thing, but breathless marketing devoid of content is too low even for msft.

  16. I see blinking text everywhere… blink tags will be the basis for the entire desktop.

  17. Let us hope that win8 sucks less than Vista and win7.

  18. Has Microsoft ever really innovated in the OS space? They have perfected some things, polished some things, but it is hard to call any of their OS’s innovative. Now there are plenty of smart folks with innovative ideas inside Microsoft, they just rarely see the light of day in a first to market time frame. With that, it is hard to expect that they will do anything that will be mind blowing. They seem to prefer to let someone else take those risks (i think they learned from Bob). So, there may be some mind blowing stuff on their chalk board, but I doubt it will ever see the light of day (at least based on their history).

  19. I hope MS will finally give Windows a kernel. If I was an IT guy, I would give it one just so it could truly call itself an OS.

  20. WinFS, anyone? Or any other of the abandonded features they had planned for Vista?

  21. Can they just make it easier to copy files without thousands of prompts, etc. when you have conflicts, overrides, or whatever? My god is 7 so frustrating to use. I went back to XP because it was not as efficient to use.

  22. I love Ubuntu. It just works, and its free! Microsoft will just keep raking in billions, sucking in customers and putting out more monster versions to keep everyone coming back for a faster machine and the newest insidious software…

  23. My next comment will be “Completely Different” and “Mind-Blowing”.

  24. Vyacheslav Lanovets
    Friday 12 February 2010, 4:24 am

    While people do NOT want “innovative” OS for everyday use, I still hope to see some improvements in Windows 8. For instance, I hope Microsoft will finally be able to implement rotation of JPEG files in Windows Explorer, Live Gallery and Live.com according to data from camera’s orientation sensor.

  25. The only way Windows 8 would be game changer is if it came with apt-get.

  26. One of the jokes going around MS 1+ years ago was that all the internal excitement was over Mojave.

  27. i dont mind some recycled Longhorn GUI ideas, afterall it never went official
    so for standard OS users, it is as it never existed before…

    if we look at their video and some picture concepts, they were indeed “fresh” and
    different than any other Windows OS

    i just hope they don’t go for another bloat that doesn’t bring anything…

  28. I read somewhere that it was either Windows 8 or Windows 9 can’t remember which was going to be 64-bit & 128-bit no more 32-bit.

  29. Hey – it is Microsoft. Not Apple – not Linux.

    Now think – Windows largest outlet is through OEM hardware stuffers. Who would actually purchase it? A “full” retail edition? Be honest.

    OEMs sell Windows by sleight of hand. Otherwise, it wouldn’t sell. MS sells Windows primarily through OEM discounted licenses so that they do not have to support the crap.

    Crap in | Crap out.

  30. seriously everyone will be very mad with microsoft if it is 64 bit only
    almost 80% of computers on thew earth are 32bit or less so to release a 64bit only is going to make every computer before it obselete and practically useless
    microsoft better wach out they are lkeaping to far forwards and might find that their customers will shift to a souped up linux

  31. or worce…. MAC
    they have already messed up their chances with windows phone because all the previous phones are now useless and will loose market interest just because of the new phone and older phones can update caus ethey have to few or too many buttons

  32. vayanse a la verga

  33. welen a pito

  34. I hope it won’t be in Metro-UI style… I hate it.

  35. Man, I can’t believe how ignorant and stupid some people can be. You always find something to bitch about, even when MS releases the best OS they ever released AND that works fine on older crappy hardware. What do you idiots want??? In my book, a guy who is not satisfied with 7 and complains about things like copy, paste, prompts, bla bla, is a moron and should now be allowed to use even the vacuum cleaner. Microsoft has done a fantastic job with 7, and numbers and reviews speak for themselves. Businesses are upgrading to 7 much faster than they did to other version, THAT’s how good 7 is. And I expect nothing less from 8, even if it won’t be a major release. Stop with the stupid comments and thank them for allowing good performance on your Pentium 3 crap.

  36. windows 7 is perfect. it’s so perfect that MS should actually wait 5 years this time until releasing their next OS. we’ve had XP available for a LONG time and now it’s windows 7’s turn. with all that time that passes between now and the next release, MS should really put all it’s minds together and really surprise us with it’s next release. windows 8 should be pushed back to 2014. we don’t want another longhorn disaster.

    lets face it, as good as ya might make nix os’s sound, the general consumer wants out of the box support for everything with windows delivers… nobody wants to spend free time configuring their own code to get programs to work with a free OS…

  37. Gotta love the knee-jerk anti-MS crowd. Even if Windows 8 literally blows the doors off anything that’s ever existed before, these clowns will still find something to bitch about.

  38. hmm… Windows 8 eagerly weighting for it. Even if Windows 8 is the OS, still MS haters will find something to bitch about. Windows 7 has far been a kickass OS. Yeah, it has probs, but thats upon what you built the next version. I expect windows to be really good, seeing W7’s success. And once more MS could trigger a revolution, if it brings all that Hyper-V and cloud stuff into the standard, i-want-my-job-done non-geek users

  39. @Jared: Most systems that are coming out today (and for the past two years for that matter) are 64-bit processors with 32-bit Windows OS. take a walk around the nearest electronic stores and you will see this is a fact. People who would be upgrading to Windows 8 most likely have had the money to purchase one of these newer systems. 80% may be running the x86 version of Windows but 80%-90% of computers that have come out over the past two years have the capability of running x64 versions. I personally have a laptop i bought cheap ($350) that came with a celeron processor running Windows 7 x64. The systems that won’t be upgrading the OS to Windows 8 most likely need to be replaced by the time the OS comes out anyway.

  40. Completely different. Just ‘lol’. A phone operating system on your desktop. What innovation…as usual from microsoft. This will be right up there with Windows ME. Grandma prefers Linux Mint.

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