Microsoft who are currently under threat in the mobile phone market and are facing new competition in the OS market with the release of a new Google Chrome OS has admitted that Windows 8 is set to be a big gamble for the Company.
Speaking at last week’s Gartner Symposium Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer said that that Windows 8 would be a major gamble for the company when asked by analyst John Pescatore what the next “riskiest product bet” would be, the executive answered simply that it would be the “next release of Windows.” It’s unclear if he was referring to the importance of having a successful core product or if the OS itself would be a radical break.
The design so far is known to mostly be a refinement of the OS to provide a more Apple-like seamless experience, such as fast startup, an automatic logout when the system hibernates, and even a system restore triggered by a hardware button. Cameras should help with logging in, and ambient light sensor support would auto-tune brightness and other settings much as MacBooks and iOS devices do today.
Many of the changes are likely to revolve around touch. The company has tried to push Windows 7 tablets as iPad rivals by the end of the year but has had little success as devices have either been delayed to 2011 for Intel’s Oak Trail or have been relegated to enterprise after determining that they weren’t appropriate for the home. Windows 7 supports multi-touch, but many of its on-screen elements aren’t optimized for finger input or the lack of a hardware keyboard. Its sequel may be the first conspicuous redesign of the OS to accommodate more than mouse and pen input through the entire OS.