Microsoft's BUILD Kicks Off This Week: Windows 8 Set To Shine
Here's what we do know. Windows 8 will be a serious upgrade. It may not look drastically different than Windows 7 in some regards, but the "Metro" style that has gained popularity in Windows Phone 7 will almost certainly dominate the home screens of Windows-based tablets in the future. We've also learned that a hastened boot time awaits those that upgrade, and we're hearing that Office's "ribbon interface" will also see life on the new Windows desktop.
What will also be interesting is the participation of chip makers other than Intel. In the past, it was largely AMD and Intel powering Windows products. But now that ARM-based solutions are viable, an entirely new class of products could evolve and who knows what kind of surprises they'll bring. We're interested to see what kind of progress has been made on that front. Is the new operating system still just a strawman idea in the making? Or is Redmond executing to a point where viable retail-ready solutions could be showcased at CES 2012? It would seem the latter is likely.
Microsoft has already shown Windows 8 running on tablets. Hopefully, they'll have an entire family of them to show off at BUILD. Stay tuned. We're expecting a lot of game-changing Windows-based news to be flowing from Anaheim this week.