"I'm excited that I can leverage all of the existing skills that I
already have and choose what is best for writing a new Win8 app...I
love that any app that can run on Windows 8 will run on any device.
That's really key - I can develop and debug on a tablet running
over release date
Microsoft is yet to confirm a release date for the new incarnation
of Windows, which has led to continued speculation. In May this
year, a 2012 release date was suggested by Microsoft CEO Steve
Ballmer when he referred to “the next generation of Windows systems,
which will come out next year” at a developer's conference in Japan.
A 2012 release would also conform to previous Microsoft pledges
to produce a new desktop operating system every three years, since
Windows 7 was released in October 2009.
Hand in hand with ARM
patriotic note, let's not forget that one of the biggest innovations
in Windows 8 will be its compatibility with processors designed by
ARM holdings, based in Cambridge. These chips, which are already
used in a range of handheld devices such as smartphones and PDAs,
use far less power than Intel processors.