We could get first Glimpse of Windows 8 next week at the 9th D: AllThingsD Conference.
Windows 8 comes 2012 says Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. He made that statement in Japan at a developer conference. Ballmer says that we can expect to hear about Windows 8 slates, tablets, PCs in a variety of form factors throughout this year. You can read his complete speech on this transcript on the Microsoft site.
The biggest issue for Microsoft is to finally offer a tablet OS. Windows 8 is supposed to fix that, but we still have to wait a year for that? In the meantime Android and iOS will have split the tablet market between each other. There are rumors though that Microsoft is trying to release the Windows 8 Tablet OS version still this year.
In context of Windows 8, Microsoft should not underestimate the Google Chrome OS. Chrome OS could hurt Microsoft badly in the enterprise. If Google plays it fast, Windows 8 could already look outdated when it comes out. Windows 8 needs a strong cloud play or it will be a bust.
Details of Windows 8 are still scarce. It is supposed to come in several flavors. According to Business Insider we could see the first taste of Windows 8 next week at the D: AllThingsDigital conference. Windows boss Steven Sinofsky is attending.
Microsoft will today unveil the new Windows Phone 7 Mango OS in an event in New York.