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Windows 8: Are You Ready to Dump 7 for it?

Microsoft’s Windows chief, Steven Sinofsky, demos the upcoming Windows 8 operating system at the All Things Digital conference. Microsoft has a habit of introducing new technologies at the Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital Conference, which ran from May 31 to June 2 this year. Bill Gates introduced Microsoft’s Surface computer in 2007 and the company demonstrated Windows 7 multitouch in 2008. Microsoft showed a “technology preview” of its Windows 8 Tablet experience at the conference last week.

Microsoft has so far been extremely quiet on the Windows 8 front. Windows Chief, Steven Sinofsky, took to the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January to introduce a technology preview of Microsoft’s Windows ARM support and show off an early build of Windows 8. Microsoft is partnering with ARM-based manufactures NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments to produce new tablet devices. Rumors suggest that Microsoft will create a dual-UI for Windows 8. A tile-based user interface codenamed “Mosh” will reportedly be included.

Microsoft may introduce Windows 8 ARM based tablets ahead of a full desktop release according to reports. Microsoft’s competitive tablet strategy is believed to be further along than expected. Dell’s recently leaked Tablet Roadmap revealed that the OEM has marked Q1 2012 as its date for a Windows 8 based slate. Microsoft has been working on an ARM based version of Windows for nearly a year and that it is laboring hard to bring this to the market as soon as possible. Microsoft has previously promised a “major revamp” of Windows for slate applications that will come in the next version, Windows 8.

Microsoft head Steve Ballmer has described the next release of Windows as the company’s “riskiest product bet”. It is understood that Microsoft will feature deep cloud integration into the future OS to realize its vision of “three screens and a cloud”. One Microsoft employee recently said he believes Windows 8 will be the “most important Windows ever shipped.”

You can watch the video demo video:

In the video you’ll see the new Windows 8 user interface and other few features in a variety of computers, laptops and tablets. In the conference they also talked about how the next version of Windows is not just going to be capable of running classics apps, but also the new HTML5 apps.

If you want to learn more about Windows 8, check this article: Microsoft has announced Windows 8, get a first look of what is to come

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