Microsoft confirms Window 8 for next year, optimized “a variety of different form factors”

Tuesday, 24th May 2011 18:04 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Microsoft has revealed during its Tokyo press conference today that Window 8 will be released next year, and will be optimized for “tablets, PCs, a variety of different form factors.”

Steve Ballmer said the firm was “obviously hard at work on the next version of Windows,” despite how well Windows 7 is doing and how well it will continue to do.

“Windows 7 PCs will sell over 350 million units this year,” he said. “We’ve done a lot in Windows 7 to improve customer satisfaction. We have a brand new user interface. We’ve added touch, and ink, and speech.

“And yet, as we look forward to the next generation of Windows systems, which will come out next year, there’s a whole lot more coming. As we progress through the year, you ought to expect to hear a lot about Windows 8. Windows 8 slates, tablets, PCs, a variety of different form factors.”

No details were mentioned on how Windows 8 will help Microsoft “relaunch itself at the forefront of PC gaming,” as was stated by TechRadar when rumors of the OS first started getting serious back in December.

Thanks, Develop.



  1. Erthazus

    If Windows 8 is coming then direct X12 is on the horizing.

    HOLY damn and consoles are still in direct X9. Incredible.

    I will probably upgrade my PC when windows 8 will come out so every device can be certified by Windows 8

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Overdos3

    Optimised for PCs … WTF is this statement.

    Is it something new or important to say that a windows is optimised for pc?
    Omg im fed up with this shit developpers talk to their customers as if they were idiots ..

    Edit: Hey ;) im selling you a car which is optimised for driving and roads :O.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Gekidami

    Not exactly what i’d call gaming news…

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    @3, Windows is a very important factor for gaming like any other iOS stuff.

    If Windows 8 is coming, then new iteration of direct X is coming and much, much more.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Unlimax

    Windows 8 !!!? .. Wait i didn’t Upgrade to Windows 7 ?
    Darn .. How quick they are … Technology = life goes on

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Christopher Jack

    Well no one’s done very much with Direct X11 anyways. I’d really like to see a new, true PC competitor. Mac is a failure as far gaming is concerned, probably all Apple’s fault so I guess it’s either up to Google to further evolve Android into a full blow PC OS or some other large company to really get behind their own version of Linux.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. deadstoned

    Microsoft “relaunch itself at the forefront of PC gaming”, Déjà vu anyone? I swear they said that for Vista to, which was a complete mess of an OS for the first 2 years. And Microsoft’s Games for Windows certification hasn’t worked. I’ve seen more games not work with that label than those without it, with the buggy games usually from Microsoft Game Studios. I’m now more unlikely to buy a game with that logo of death on it. I just cant trust anything Microsoft says these days to PC Gamers. Their PC gaming staff seem incompetent and unaware of their mistakes.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Grimrita

    Vista? *shudders*

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Christopher Jack

    Micosoft is slowly but surely becoming a new synonym for failure. They’re lucky they have so much existing support or they would have died out years ago.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Hunam

    I won’t buy Windows 8 for toffee. Windows XP only did well because it was A) Out for ages and B) Re-written over the course of it’s life to become a sleek, organised program with all of the bloat knocked out of it after 2 or 3 years.

    I doubt DX12, it would be a waste of time as DX10 died in the water and DX11 is still unused and needs massive amounts of work to become the go to option.

    I mean Windows 7 still has loads of problems that haven’t been fixed and by the sounds of it wont. Windows 8 will add tons of stuff no doubt but bog the whole fucking thing down with a kitchen sink mentality.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Dralen

    Ahhh man! I was hoping to stick with my current operating system for at least another 3-5 years. Stupid Microsoft.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. rrw

    #6 well google seem not going to that direction. unleash they going to cloud gaming

    #12 4 years ago
  13. xino

    what does this have to do with games man?:/

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Bluebird

    It’s what games will have to run on. ;)

    #14 4 years ago


    Time to start saving for a new laptop!

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Any service packs for Windows7? I’d be pissed if i just invested in Windows 7 and they’re upgrading THIS fast.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. TVs Everywhere

    Oh god. Here comes yet another batch of “No really. THIS time we’re totally taking PC gaming seriously!!!” promises from Microsoft.

    I’ve heard this song and dance from them like 5 times now, no joke.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. El_MUERkO

    If they want to push graphics then they need to have 64bit architecture support on DX12, that’ll remove the limitations on graphics memory.

    I like the idea of 12gigs of VRAM per GPU :)

    #18 4 years ago
  19. TheWulf

    @3 & @13

    They’ll potentially release a new version of DirectX with it, as they do with every iteration of Windows, and that is indeed noteworthy.


    You may want to re-evaluate that opinion and learn of the Unigine games that are on the horizon. Some of them look especially exciting.

    And CDProjekt RED made pretty good use of DX11.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Overdos3


    The witcher 2 is all but dx11. And yea that did an amazing job since its dx9 and it looks awesome its one of the best graphics up to date.

    The works on the texture is hilarious and we can even think that they used tesselation …

    This is the proof that pc games are the way to go and that when developpers really invest themselves on pc they can do amazing things.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Maximum Payne

    Someone from Stardock said future is 64bit graphic card?!
    Also they could release DX12 but it MUST be backward compatible witch dx11 graphic card…

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Dralen

    Having Windows 7 over XP or Vista gives you quite a large performance boost for gaming, and Windows 8 will probably be the same. So there you are; this has everything to do with PC gaming.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Hunam

    @19 Except there are only 19 games that use DX11 and 5 in production. Also, The Witcher 2 is a DX9 game.

    @22 You need a newer rig to get the most out of Win 7, you’ll get a boost with a high end system yes, but with a low end system, i’m talking dual core / 2gb ram / 8800GT (my old system basically) you’ll lose performance going to windows 7.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. DarkElfa

    If microsoft were smart they would get this to take over on desktops, phones and tablets.

    #24 4 years ago

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