Microsoft Windows 8 for Tablets and PCs in the Works; Ballmer Talks about Touch and Speech Support

May 24, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Come 2012, and all you Windows freaks will be in for some kind of excitement. From what we hear, Microsoft is in the works with a brand new Windows 8 platform, and Redmond is hoping that a brave new world on the Windows terrain will be released by next year.

Before you dismiss this as a mere speculation, let’s add the confirmation has come none other than Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Ballmer has been quoted as saying at the Microsoft Developers Forum that the company is hard at work on the next version of Windows.

“… we look forward to the next generation of Windows systems, which will come out next year, there’s a whole lot more coming. As we progress through the year, you ought to expect to hear a lot about Windows 8. Windows 8 slates, tablets, PCs, a variety of different form factors.”

Doesn’t that sound good? So that might also mean that this could also be the first variant of Windows designed for tablets and PCs. Though not many details have been revealed by Ballmer, we guess the platform could bring with it a natural user interface that might enable support for speak, wave and gesture, touch and mark on computing devices! Ballmer, in fact, wants users to control and command future devices with speech, gestures and touch.

That indeed could make the platform so unique that all of us out here would want to get our hands on Windows 8, right? Meanwhile, Ballmer has also promised Windows 7 fans that a lot is being done to improve customer satisfaction and that a brand new user interface that would support touch, ink, and speech would be incorporated.

If Ballmer keeps his word, we are in for exciting times, indeed. Don’t you think so?

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