Microsoft may be late, but it managed to show up before the party is over. The Redmond giant has revealed the next version of Windows — code-named “Windows 8” — as an answer to the iPad, Android tablets and its own crop of Windows 7 tablets, which are doomed to fail.
Windows 8 was pitched as a flexible operating system, “one that scales from touch-only small screens through to large screens, with or without a keyboard and mouse.”
The user interface is a fusion of Windows Phone 7 and Windows 7, packing a touch-optimized start screen that includes familiar looking tiles and a Desktop and Windows Explorer that are identical to Windows 7’s.
The dark side of this: Viruses and other security risks present on Windows 7 will be inherited. It might take a while to convince users that it’s a good idea to run an antivirus on their Windows tablets while iPad users have a worry-free experience.
I guess we’ll start seeing tablet-laptop hybrids (à la ASUS Transformer) popping up like mushrooms as soon as Windows 8 is ready. It’d be a perfect marriage.
Check out the video below for a sneak peek:
Source: Microsoft News Center