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CES 2011 countdown: Microsoft to tease with Windows 8 at the CES

Microsoft is expected to announce an ARM-oriented Windows release too

So this is 5th January and CES is here. We have been covering a lot of news that has been made by manufacturers in the past few weeks regarding their plans for this CES. The Silicon Valley major Microsoft is not left behind in this race too with a slew of announcements and launches under its belt.

What would be one of the most interesting things that Microsoft will do at the mega event in Las Vegas would be a curtain-raiser of the upcoming iteration of the company’s flagship product-the Windows 8 OS. Reportedly, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will give a glimpse of the Windows 8 OS at the Microsoft Keynote at CES sometime today. In addition to that, Microsoft is believed to be making some more announcements on the Windows Phone 7 OS, the Xbox gaming console and another Windows release. If reports are to be believed, this other Windows release which has been recently rumored about will run on the ARM microarchitecture. As for the Windows 8 OS don’t expect to see the interface at all, in fact Microsoft is known to be unveiling only a single new feature of the OS. Also being said is that major chip makers like Nvidia, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments, who build ARM chips, have entered into agreements with Microsoft in order to manufacture chipsets that will run with the rumored ARM-oriented Windows release, strongly believed to be a slate optimized version of Windows 8. With this we strongly hope Microsoft does lead us to believe that Windows 8 would be worth the wait and promises something radical with its interface, as compared to the previously released versions. This can be expected considering Ballmer’s previous statement that Windows 8 would be Microsoft’s “riskiest product yet.”


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2011-01- 5 (Update: 2012-05-26)