Microsoft Corp. released its Windows 7 operating system about a year ago and so far sold 240 million licenses. In order to celebrate the success of the fastest-selling operating system in history, Microsoft posted a number of blog posts, one of which accidentally revealed that the next-generation Windows 8 was due in 2012.
The Dutch subsidiary of Microsoft posted a note on Sunday, which reads that the world's largest software maker is working on Windows 8, but that the new operating system is not to be released for about two years. This is by far not the first time when Microsoft itself or its alleged employees reveal launch timeframe of Windows 8. Back in late 2009 it transpired that Microsoft planned to release Windows 8 in 2012 and information that emerged in early 2010 claimed that the new operating system was due in mid-2011.
One of the key features of Windows 8 will be very fast boot time or even instant-on feature, reports Neowin.net web-site. In addition, Microsoft plans to implement various performance optimizations in order to make the operating system (OS) more responsive. Considering that more and more computers now integrate web cameras, Windows 8 will feature facial recognition technology. Also, the next-gen OS will leverage usage of Bluetooth 3.0, USB 3.0 and other high-speed interfaces.
Microsoft will target four PC form-factors – desktop, laptop, all-in-one desktop and slate. It can be expected that Windows 8 graphics user interface will either be customizable or will be generally very flexible to satisfy completely different users. Given that tablets are already getting popular, it may be crucial for Microsoft to release Windows 8 rather sooner than later.
As of September, Windows 7 was running on 93% of new consumer PCs and has over 17% global OS market share (according to Net Applications as of October 1st). Six months after launch, 100% (over 18 000) of Microsoft's OEM partners were selling Windows 7 PCs versus 70% for Windows Vista PCs at a comparable time period.