The Windows 8 has been reimagined from the chipset to the user experience, whereas Windows 7 was intended to be a more focused upgrade to the Windows line
SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft's next-generation operating system Windows 8 will be available in August for computer, tablet and smartphone makers to build into hardware. It is expected to be launched in October.
Microsoft has stated that the Windows 8 will be available in four editions - Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows Enterprise and Windows RT (for ARM processors). While Windows 8 is the default recommendation for most consumers, those looking for a broader set of features like updated Windows Explorer, Task Manager, and better multi-monitor support, should opt for Windows 8 Pro.
"This will be the biggest product and services launch year in our company's history," Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said in Toronto.
Windows RT also adds support for the ARM processor architecture in addition to the previously supported x86 microprocessors from Intel, AMD and VIA.
According to the Windows Design Team, Windows 8 has been "reimagined from the chipset to the user experience," whereas Windows 7 was intended to be a more focused, incremental upgrade to the Windows line.
Microsoft reported that it has sold more than 630 million licenses of Windows 7 since it went public in 2009.