The first public glimpse at the next version of Microsoft's Windows could happen as soon as next month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
That's according to The New York Times, which has posted a report detailing the software giant's tablet-centric CES keynote plans, including at the bottom the Windows 8 bombshell.
Thus far Microsoft has remained tight-lipped about Windows 8, though there have been leaked documents, job postings, PowerPoint presentations, and nebulous release dates written in Dutch, that have helped paint a clearer picture of its possible launch timeline and planned feature set.
Windows 7 has become TOO STABLE and even the Mac Fanboys have given up on rediculing Windows as being too unstable for anything other than Geeks in a Computer Lab to work with.
No seriously I'm happy with Windows 7 -- it provides a good stable User experience on even quite modes hardware and can be reasonably customised to suit individuals tastes.
Mind you its still not as flexible as Linux but for the average joe it works fine.
What exactly that W8 will offer that Windows 7 doesn't I'm not sure but I would like to suggest the following
1) Better and more reliable NETWORKING facilities --Networking has always been a bit temperamental in Windows.
2) A Multimedia server so you can stream YOUR OWN MUSIC and Video around your LAN / HOME without having to sign up to 3rd party servers / systems such as LOGITECH SLINGBOX / SQUEEZEBOX (good though they are)
3) Multi Language user interface.
I'll bet that most users of Windows 7 Enterprise or ULTIMATE probably work in organisations where English is commonly used or understood. HOME PREMIUM users (probably the vast majority) really NEED the Language Interface packs to be available.
4) Home users to be able to have a few more SERVER facilities on Windows without having to go the whole hog and purchase a Server edition. A lot of people are using server facilities even in a HOME environment these days.
All these could actually be easily incorporated into Windows 7 now if MS wanted to do it. --Maybe a Windows 7 SP2 release just before W8 hits the streets (or the Wild).
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Mouse Toshiba wireless laser Hard Drives 4 X 1TB SATA Internet Speed > 20MB up