Steve Ballmer calls Windows 8 rebirth of Microsofts OS

Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, has called Windows 8 the “rebirth” of its operating systems, making it one of the most pivotal products in the company's history.

Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, has called Windows 8 the “rebirth” of its operating systems, making it one of the most pivotal products in the company's history.

 
Speaking at the Seoul Digital Forum, Ballmer said the new operating system was “a dawning of the rebirth of MS Windows” and called it “the most important piece of work we've done.”
 
The latest version of Windows is similar to Windows 7 for traditional desktop users, albeit with some improved features, such as a revamped task manager, faster boot times, and integration with the cloud. It is the Metro interface that is getting most of the attention, however, as it is here that tablet users will see Windows 8 and its tiled screen in action.
 
 Steve Ballmer calls Windows 8 rebirth of Microsofts OS
 
Ballmer said that the market had changed dramatically, with just a few platforms now available, most notably Windows, Apple and a variety of forms of Linux. He predicted that this number will get smaller in the next few years, with the cloud being a major deciding factor.
 
He estimated that up to half a billion users will be using Windows 8 next year, suggesting the platform provides the “best economic opportunity” to develop for. Ballmer also revealed that Skype for Windows 8 is on the horizon.
 
Summing up how the company feels about Windows 8, he said it was the “deepest, broadest and most impactful” operating system it has created to date. The first two terms are likely accurate, but to see how much impact it will have we will have to wait until its release later this year.
 
Source: AFP