Microsoft sees 'rebirth' in Windows 8

2012-05-22 15:20

Seoul - 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.

Cloud computing

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

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

"The number of core [cloud] platforms, around which software developers 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 critical mass", he said.

Ballmer estimated up to 500 million users will have Windows 8 in 2013, 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 in 2011 bought the leading internet video and voice-calling service for $8.5bn.

  • craig.a.salter - 2012-05-22 15:34

    Give me a android system for a PC and i will be happy, Microsoft had its day now its time for it to retire to the new generation of OS

  • Gaby - 2012-05-22 15:39

    You need to be a rocket scientist just to find restart.

  • Prince - 2012-05-22 15:53

    Ayi microsoft, i hope dis windows 8 is user friendly cos windows 7 is jc a BIG FLOP

      Mark - 2012-05-22 16:15

      Windows 7 a big flop, really?

      boltonbarry - 2012-05-22 16:21

      Explain how you came to that conclusion while I get you a funny hat ???

      Jae - 2012-05-22 16:48

      @prince, maybe it's your hardware thats a flop

  • Nigel - 2012-05-22 15:58

    I've been told Windows 8 is....uhhmmmmm....different. Wonder what that means.

  • zingolucious - 2012-05-22 16:15

    Balmer Spoken and thats True , Windows 8 is advanced.

  • Trevor - 2012-05-22 16:20

    Does 'cloud' computing involve a lot of data transfer across the internet? If so, with the high cost of broadband in SA, is 'cloud' computing viable here?

  • Maple - 2012-05-22 16:23

    they must stop now... they are going to piss off a lot of people... this looks like Vista all over again. all i need to know is if i can downgrade.

  • Vusi - 2012-05-22 16:32

    Already using the preview and Nokia Lumia 800 which is using teh same Technology

      braams - 2012-05-22 19:57

      Seems like the spell check is still in beta Vusi :-p

  • vralph.arends - 2012-05-22 16:35

    some people forgot who gave them the power to do what they do in work and home enviroment with pc's. Please and if you like to comment on this dont tell me about Apple and Android that only came into SA lifes recently!!!!

      Croca - 2012-05-22 17:55

      I started with a Radio Shack TRS80, long before windoze. If it wasn't for Micro$ofts marketing juggernaut we would all be much better off. Why do you want to give your money to Ballmer? He is a mega tool. Try Ubuntu Linux, trust me, you'll never look back.

      Skia - 2012-05-22 21:08

      the only reason they have the traction they do is the deal they struck with IMB

  • Richard - 2012-05-22 16:40

    Great is this another flop like Vista. I see a whole range of software and hardware that again will not run under Win 8 so again to the shops to buy Win 8 versions of the hard and software.

      deon.fourie - 2012-05-22 16:54

      WTF are you on about? Windows is undeniably the only OS out there that supports almost all PC hardware. Win8 will have exactly the same requirements as Win7. Win8 consumer preview runs on my 7 year old AMD Sempron system. Complaining for the sake of complaint?

  • francois.kloppers - 2012-05-22 17:19

    Apple rules!!! Windows (95, 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista and 7) sucks!!! PS I am sorry if I missed a version of Windows for the few fans out there...

  • omcdermott - 2012-05-22 21:15

    SkyDrive is available for Windows 7 as well... One can download the software to enable this functionality - though even simpler, visit '' for access into the cloud. Microsoft has always dominated the OS market - this is evidentially due to Bill Gates' (and his school of thought) single-handed ability to use 'the force' An alternative to Windows 8? Ubuntu, Mint OS and the like - are great Linux-based operating systems - though Linux (named by Linus Torvalds who created the fundamental linux kernel) - simply does not mix with Windows - this is daunting to many. Alternatively, Install Google Chrome and browse the plethora of apps (available for free) with everything from fully compatible office suites to music production apps) One must simply understand the various 'spaces' these things play-in and where they add value. I've tried Windows 8, and I don't like with it for various reasons. Namely, the obviously touch-optimised 'Metro' interface. Experience only counts with things stay the same, and I'm lazy. Windows 8 will gain public acceptance when it is forced down our throats. This will prompt the world to educate itself. again. Sorry for the long post...

      Frank - 2012-05-23 02:07

      MS has done nothing but copy( Apple,Word and Lotus)

  • Preshen - 2012-05-23 09:24

    Death to Microsoft

  • Tyran Von Bear - 2012-05-24 07:17

    I don't know why Microsoft is still around. It's useless. I hate PCs. At least with MAC you don't CONSTANTLY reinstall. I wish Microsoft, windows and Bill Gates would just die already. YOU ARE WASTING SPACE!

  • keesbus - 2012-06-01 17:34

    And the IT men are making the money - looks like not e-toll but MS toll in this case. If something works good, leave it like that

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