Microsoft has been showing off the next version of Windows at the Computex technology show in Taiwan. It’s codenamed ‘Windows 8’ and will be designed for touch-centred devices, including tablets, as well as conventional PCs.
The new operating system will work on x86 and ARM-based processors.
Mike Angiulo, corporate vice president of Windows Planning, Hardware and PC Ecosystem, said “Our aim with ‘Windows 8’ is to make the user experience a natural extension of the device, from the time you turn on your PC through how you interact with the applications you know and love. This represents a fundamental shift in Windows design that we haven’t attempted since the days of Windows 95, presenting huge opportunities for our hardware partners to innovate with new PC designs.”
There’ll be more information available at BUILD, the Microsoft developer conference, in September.
Qualcomm says its new Snapdragon family of mobile processors is designed to power devices running the next version of Windows. The first Snapdragon processor to power Windows 8 devices will be the dual-core MSM8960, which is is available in sample form this month.