While Windows 8 leaks and rumors have been doing the rounds on the Internet for a while now, what has really set the ball rolling was Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer announcing at a Developers Conference in Japan, that Windows 8 is confirmed to be released in 2012.
Soon thereafter Microsoft talked of Windows 8 or Windows Next getting a new UI, live tiles apps and more.
Things will be different once you logon to your Windows 8 PC! You will now be welcomed with a Start Screen which will very personal, mosaic and tiled, just like the Windows Phone 7 tiles. While you would still see the taskbar, the Start Menu will be replaced with a tile-based Start screen. These Live tiles with notifications, will display up-to-date information at all times. The start screen would display Windows 8 apps which will work on laptops, desktops and tablets.
Microsoft has already stated that Windows releases will be delivered at a pace of three years from one another. So it is normal to expect Windows 8 release in 2012.
And yet some don’t seem to be ready for it. Having used Windows XP for around 5 years, most have just upgraded to Windows 7, having skipped Windows Vista. And just when they had started enjoying Windows 7, comes the news that Windows 8 would be released next year.
While geeks, enthusiasts and early adopters would love an early Windows 8 release, common home users, enterprises and organizations who may have just upgraded to Windows 7 may not exactly be too enthusiastic about its early release.
So where do you stand? Are you ready for Windows 8? Or do you think its too early for you? What do you think of the new UI? Would you upgrade to Windows 8 as soon as it was released?
We would love to hear what you have to say.