Windows 8 is on the horizon. Microsoft has designed the next-generation flagship operating system with a split personality that straddles the line between the familiar Windows 7 desktop, and the flashy Metro interface used with Windows Phone 7.
On 7th december 2011 in SAN FRANCISCO, Microsoft authorities confirmed that the Windows 8 Beta will indeed be released in February of 2012. It seems that at the same time Microsoft releases the Windows 8 App Store, it will release the most anticipated release of Windows 8 Beta also.
The new Metro UI of windows 8 is predominantly designed for use with touchscreen devices like Tablets. However, computer manufacturer ASUS is looking to fill the gap between the super slim Ultrabooks and the touchscreen tablets. Chip-maker Intel gave this year’s Intel Developer Forum attendees a look at an Ultrabook running the Windows 8 operating system.
During a keynote that almost forgot about Sandy Bridge, Intel’s vp Mooly Eden invited Brett Carpenter from Microsoft’s Windows Ecosystem Group to show off an Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook running on Windows 8 as well as a 32nm Atom based tablet. Carpenter gave a brief demonstration of the Windows 8 ‘Metro style’ user interface with its live tiles and navigation using the keyboard and mouse even though the operating system was designed for touch input.
Ultrabooks seem to be all the rage these days, and for a good reason. These new breed of laptop are packing some serious specs and impressive battery life, but what makes them some impressive is that they are so incredibly thin and portable.
According to a report from Digitimes, they are rumoured to unveil the Ultrabook at the annual Computex trade show in Taiwan next June. The Ultrabook is then expected to be released alongside Windows 8 sometime in late 2012. Sources also says that they’ll expect to see a significant increase from consumers in Ultrabooks next May when Intel’s latest range of Ivy Bridge processors come on line.