Microsoft sees 'rebirth' with new Windows 8 system

May 22, 2012
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer delivers a speech at the Seoul Digital Forum, on May 22. Microsoft is seeking to revamp its position in the mobile-led industry market with its new PC and tablet-compatible OS, Windows 8.

Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 series -- featuring an upgraded cloud computing service -- marks a "rebirth" of its operating systems, chief executive Steve Ballmer said on Tuesday.

Ballmer described Windows 8 as the "deepest, broadest and most impactful" Windows software ever created by the US tech giant, after the current Windows 7 sold at unprecedented rates to businesses.

"It's really, in some senses, a dawning of the rebirth of MS Windows... It's certainly the most important piece of work we've done," he said in a speech to the Seoul Digital Forum.

Windows 8, whose preview version will be released in June, allows users readily to store and share personal data among various devices under the "SkyDrive" cloud computing service. Rival Apple already offers such a service.

The new Microsoft system will support a wider range of devices, including touch- and stylus-based smartphones and tablet PCs as well as desktop and laptop machines, Ballmer said.

The has been trying to expand its presence in the booming for smartphones and tablets, which is currently dominated by Apple and .

Ballmer predicted that the cloud computing market would become dominated by a few big players.

"The number of core (cloud) platforms, around which will do their innovation, is not ever-broadening," he said.

"It's really a quite smaller and focused number -- Windows, various forms of Linux, the Apple ecosystem."

In three to five years from now, "there will be just a few ecosystems that really can get the ", he said.

Ballmer estimated up to 500 million users will have Windows 8 next year, promising the "best economic opportunity" for device makers and app developers who adopt the new system.

Microsoft will also soon introduce Skype powered by Windows 8, Ballmer said. His company last year bought the leading Internet video and voice-calling service for $8.5 billion.

Explore further: Ballmer says 'Windows Era' everlasting

Related Stories

Ballmer says 'Windows Era' everlasting

November 15, 2011

Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer proclaimed an everlasting "Windows Era" as the software giant's board easily won re-election at an annual meeting of shareholders on Tuesday.

Microsoft CEO sees Windows as key to growth plan

September 14, 2011

(AP) -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer expects the Windows operating system to be "front and center" in the software maker's growth strategy despite a recent slowdown in personal computer sales.

Microsoft to bring Kinect to Windows PCs

January 10, 2012

Microsoft plans to bring its Kinect technology to bear on personal computers following its phenomenal success with the gesture and voice-recognition sensor in the Xbox 360 game console.

Recommended for you

Finnish firm detects new Intel security flaw

January 12, 2018

A new security flaw has been found in Intel hardware which could enable hackers to access corporate laptops remotely, Finnish cybersecurity specialist F-Secure said on Friday.


Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

5 / 5 (2) May 22, 2012
I am dubious, in theory this is a good strategy to lure app developers into the Windows Mobile ecosystem but in practice Microsoft's technical delivery leaves much to be desired, it's hard enough to tune apps for mobile devices without having to try and accommodate the desktop environment too.
3.4 / 5 (5) May 22, 2012
already windows 8 ? =.="
i just got windows 7 few months ago :'(
3 / 5 (6) May 22, 2012
No more skype for linux, fuxyou M$.
5 / 5 (5) May 22, 2012
Microsoft tried to force a desktop UI onto the smart phone market and failed (even Microsoft could not pull that off). Then they developed a reasonable smart phone UI. Now they want to port that smart phone UI to the desktop?

Microsoft has the clout and resources to force many poor fit solutions, but a smart phone UI seems no more suited for the desktop than did the desktop UI seem useful for smart phone use.
5 / 5 (2) May 22, 2012
Steve Ballmer looks like a Batman Henchman.....
3 / 5 (2) May 22, 2012
in the words of Hiroshi Yamaushi,
Hey Ballmer why don't you suck my tiny yellow balls.
5 / 5 (3) May 22, 2012
Microsoft has the clout and resources to force many poor fit solutions, but a smart phone UI seems no more suited for the desktop than did the desktop UI seem useful for smart phone use.

That's unfortunately what Microsoft has always done. You can tweak a second rate OS all you want, at the end of the day, it will still be a second rate OS.
5 / 5 (5) May 22, 2012
In my opinion, Ballmer only thinks this OS release will have 500 million users in a year's time.

Personally, I think this revision of windows will go over like Vista did. Why? The business world just got through updating the majority of their systems from XP to Windows 7 at no small expense. It will be at least as expensive to update to Windows 8, and with the current economic climate, this expense is probably in the budget of a very limited amount of businesses. I think this transition will take at least as long as the transition away from XP, and by then, M$ will have yet another windows release out which will be the one that businesses will adopt. M$ OS release cycle is far too aggressive for the business world, but M$ has yet to figure that out.

Ballmer's blather indicates to me that he thinks the world goes round because of M$. It is too bad that M$ did not learn the lesson with Vista.
5 / 5 (1) May 22, 2012
If Microsoft wants a surefire, runaway best seller, create a system that can't be hacked. Norton,, wouldn't like it but owning a computer that operates (in actual terms) faster than the '286 machines of the early 1980's would be outstanding. Until then, i just don't see The Cloud as being the ultimate in epic security fail.
not rated yet May 22, 2012

Microsuck is more than smart enough to know that early adopter, snob techies and geeks will float any new crap it dumps on the market, because that is what is at the heart of Consumerism.

Too many people make the mistake of thinking that the Geek Epoch has seen the creation of a new type of human being that is somehow essentially different from previous versions. While this may be to some extent true --most notably from a physiological viewpoint-- it most certainly isn't in terms of basic human motivation, especially in relation to the factors underlying consumerism. And therefore, a market will always exist sufficient to dump the microsuck products in.

No matter that their products move in Morse fashion in terms of market penetration, two or even three shallow cycles of consumer adoption are fine, and keep development funded until the "BIG BUY" cycle hits, as it inevitably does every few years.

not rated yet May 22, 2012
One word sums up Windows 8.


Seriously, Ball Boy Ballmer is running the company into the ground.

not rated yet May 23, 2012
Every other Windows release turns out to be crap. 98 good, ME crap, XP good, Vista bad, 7 good, 8 will be...?
not rated yet May 26, 2012
Microsoft is also crippling their express programming environment so that it can not produce programs that run on the desktop environment. Only Metro will be supported.

If you want to distribute those metro apps - even to alternate machines you may own - you will have to pay $100.00 to Microsoft to have them registered with the Microsoft App Store and then download them from there.

not rated yet May 26, 2012
Windows 8 is going to bomb bigger than Microsoft Bob.

Ball Boy Ballmer has to go.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.