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Old 01-27-2011, 03:00 AM
Todd Klein
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Default Peaking Behind the Curtain on Windows 8

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.pcworld.com/article/217544/the_state_of_windows_8.html' target='_blank'>http://www.pcworld.com/article/2175..._windows_8.html</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"At this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Microsoft announced that Windows 8 will support system-on-a-chip architectures using ARM processors. Unlike the x86 architecture that today's Windows laptops and desktops work with, ARM-based chips tend to run such low-power devices as tablets and smartphones. &nbsp;</em><em>In his CES keynote speech, Microsoft CEO Steve Ball­mer said, "This announcement is really all about enabling a new class of hardware, and new silicon partners for Windows, to bring the widest possible range of form factors to the market." &nbsp;</em><em>In other words, Windows won't be just for laptops and desktops anymore."</em></p><p><em><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/wpt/auto/1296035741.usr112503.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></em></p><p>The next Windows operating system is due out in 2012 and rumors that it's going to be a game changer have accelerated since CES. &nbsp;Code named "I Hope it's Not Too Buggy," the new system is meant to address an entirely new set of devices, including TVs, smart phones, notebooks, and tablets. &nbsp;The themes are clear and important for Microsoft to get right: &nbsp;virtualization for ease of use, quick starts and portability, and a focus on untethering devices and storing settings, apps and data in the Cloud. &nbsp;There's talk that Microsoft will&nbsp;launch a new developer framework and&nbsp;support it's own app store to push the system even further. &nbsp;</p><p>I'm sure whenever Microsoft launches a new OS, the folks at <a href="http://www.twba.com" target="_blank">TWBA Worldwide</a> start to lick their chops. &nbsp;They're the smartypants who created Apple's "Get a Mac" ad campaign which successfully ran from 2006 to 2010 and sarcastically tweaked Microsoft's prowess in building elegant operating systems. &nbsp;So, will Windows 8 be Microsoft's clever retort? &nbsp;Will Windows 8 join Android and Apple O/S and a viable third choice for developers? &nbsp;Ultimately, will this put Microsoft back on top with consumers?</p>
 
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