Microsoft Shows the New Windows
Microsoft showed off the new version of Windows, code-named "Windows 8" to hardware partners in Taipei. Windows 8 is designed to take advantage of touch-screen capabilities while at the same time, make personal computers more app-friendly.
"Our aim with 'Windows 8' is to make the user experience a natural extension of the device, from the time you turn on your PC through how you interact with the applications you know and love," said Mike Angiulo, corporate vp of Windows Planning, Hardware and PC Ecosystem at Microsoft. "This represents a fundamental shift in Windows design that we haven't attempted since the days of Windows 95, presenting huge opportunities for our hardware partners to innovate with new PC designs."
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced last week that the next version of Windows software would be available in 2012, but Microsoft's PR department refuted that statement the next day, saying no release date or name had yet been made official.