Microsoft introduces Windows 8 (!) at CES 2011

Okay before all you Windows fanboys pee in your pants, Apple fanboys scoff at Microsoft’s next failure, and Linux fanboys hammer out a wordy condemnation of closed-source software, let me say this: The title of this article is a little bit very misleading. Microsoft didn’t actually introduce a fully functional Windows 8, nor did they even call it Windows 8. Rather, at the Consumer Electronics Show 2011, Microsoft showed off the “future version of Windows” with the “current Windows [Windows 7] user interface” demonstrating Windows 8’s “system on chip” capabilities. Confused? A video is worth ten thousand words:

(Note: The above video is an eight minute clip I extracted out of Microsoft’s hour long keynote speech.)

So what does this all mean (aside from the fact that Steve Ballmer apparently has an appreciation for beautiful hardware)? What is all this “system on chip” mumbo jumbo? Without going into too many technical details, it means Apple smartphones and tablets are going to take over the world.

/Discuss in the comments below. /Party, /laugh, and /scoff are allowed, too. No /spitting, though, please.

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  • kimotheraphy

    I like the jokes posted by Mags, especially the first one….

  • Bob

    I thought Win 7 was good enough

  • Mags

    @Samuel: Unfortunately you are right.

    I’ve encountered many ID 10 T errors. ;)

  • http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Profile/en-US/?user=Bill%20Gates%20II Samuel

    @Mags: Programing Joke, is pathetically no joke. The rest I’ll ignore.

  • Mags

    I’m having a slow day (which is rare) so thought I’d add a bit of M$ humour here.

    Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.

    The box said ‘Requires Windows Vista or better’. So I installed LINUX.

    Microsoft: “You’ve got questions. We’ve got dancing paperclips.”

    Source: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/55-geeky-line-jokes/

  • a simple happy man

    The big question is :

    Does it support the Star Fleet Comms badge?

  • Dennis F.

    I’m impressed, but wish I had more gadgets, but then I probably will by the time Win 8 launches. It looks like the driver problems with Win 7 will be a thing of the past. I also don’t care when it finally is released. Just get it right. Yes, the video was smooth (Iron Man), but then was it streaming over the Internet? I am very pleased with Win 7 as so far it has done everything I’ve asked it to. I’m running a $1,500 DIY machine with an Intel chip. I can’t imagine Apple doing any better, especially at that price.

  • Jyo

    @Ashraf: That game takes forever to download!!

    Go Microsoft!
    /cheer

  • http://rogue-gamers.co.cc Wojo

    I’m excited about Active Directory integration with tablets, phones, and main servers and workstations. Not to mention the group policy advantages for all of those devices.

    Sorry everyone, my consulting side got a little Giddy.

  • Ashraf

    /Discuss in the comments below. /Party, /laugh, and /scoff are allowed, too. No /spitting, though, please.

    Come on out of the 500+ people who have viewed this article already, did no one get the World of Warcraft references?!

  • http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Profile/en-US/?user=Bill%20Gates%20II Samuel

    @Ashraf: True, my complaint was more about the wording…I’m picky like that.

  • http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Profile/en-US/?user=Bill%20Gates%20II Samuel

    @Ashraf: True…but while I do agree odds are they will change it they never actually said they will yet.

    Of course an interesting thought is that ARM based windows will have to use less power…will that spill over to x86-x64 Windows?

  • Ashraf

    @Samuel: and @Ashraf: Plus my point wasn’t to say that Windows 8 interface will be drastically different. I just wanted to make it clear to people that what they see in the video is Windows 7 interface because it is quite confusing. :-D

  • Ashraf

    @Samuel: Yeah. Desktop Windows running ARM is the big takeaway here.

    @Samuel: They may not change it a lot but they definitely will change it. The interface in the video is Windows 7 and Windows 8 will be different; the question is how much different.

    @mukhi: I wonder how NVIDIA’s desktop GPUs (not Tegra) will play into all this.

  • http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Profile/en-US/?user=Bill%20Gates%20II Samuel

    @mukhi: and Intel.

  • http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Profile/en-US/?user=Bill%20Gates%20II Samuel

    @Ashraf: Actually the only said it’s the Windows 7 interface, they didn’t say it’s not the Windows 8 interface (they may not change it).

  • mukhi

    with CPU/GPU fused together (from AMD now), it’s gonna be another blast!

  • http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Profile/en-US/?user=Bill%20Gates%20II Samuel

    It means IE9 on WP7!

    OK, the BIG deal with this is running the desktop Windows client on ARM, since MS has had Windows Embedded (which includes Windows Mobile) for years which could run on ARM.

  • Ashraf

    Engadget has a more clear image of the command prompt that was shown in the video: http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/05/microsoft-confirms-arm-support-is-coming-in-windows-will-play-n/.

    Anyone else find it hilarious that the command prompt is still showing “Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation” even though it is updated to v6.2.7867 (Windows 7 is v6.1.7600). I am sure the copyright will be updated by the time Windows 8 is released but seeing that just tickled me.

    BTW Take note that in the video Windows 8 is shown using Windows 7 interface — that interface is not the Windows 8 interface.