This week, several Microsoft employees took the liberty of describing Windows 8 for us, without actually describing Windows 8 for us. An MSDN blog titled, “Whats in store for the next Windows,” which was promptly taken down by MS, bragged:
“The minimum that folks can take for granted is that the next version will be something completely different from what folks usually expect of Windows – I am simply impressed with the process that Steven has setup to listen to our customers needs and wants and get a team together than can make it happen. To actually bring together dozens and dozens of teams across Microsoft to come up with a vision for Windows.next is a process that is surreal! The themes that have been floated truly reflect what people have been looking for years and it will change the way people think about PCs and the way they use them. It is the future of PCs…”
John Mangelaars, Mirosoft’s Regional VP of Consumer and Online, was quoted as saying, “[Apple is] doing well on the PC side but Windows 7 is a blockbuster. We got it really right. For me, Windows 8 will be mind-blowing.” All of this rabble-rousing is great, but it doesn’t hold a ton of weight. Remember how Windows Vista was going to change everything? We agree with the VP, Windows 7 was a killer upgrade, and perhaps worth the wait; we can only hope the improvements, in speed and features, continue with Windows 8.