Steve Ballmer, Microsoft executive, confirmed Monday at a Microsoft Developer Forum in Tokyo, Japan that the next version of Microsoft’s operating system, Windows 8, will be made available next year, according to PC Magazine
“As we look forward to the next generation of Windows systems, which will come out next year, there's a whole lot more coming,” said Ballmer. “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."
However, there have been some reports, according to the San Francisco Chronicle
, that Microsoft may vie for an earlier release date for the tablet, possibly as early as this year.
The Business Insider
is now reporting that Windows chief Steven Sinofsky has been confirmed to appear in Los Angeles, California at the ninth annual AllThings Digital
conference next week. Speculation is running rampant that Sinofsky will provide a glimpse into Windows 8.
Furthermore, the Seattle Times
notes that the Microsoft executive has a close relationship with the conference’s co-host, Walt Mossberg, a personal technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal.
If the new operating system will not make its public debut, Sinofsky will at least provide the audience some details and clarifications for Windows 8, such as optimization for tablets, touch user interface and personal identification or recognition.
A spokesperson for Microsoft, Lou Gellos, did not provide additional comment to media outlets on Windows 8.
The digital conference begins Tuesday and will last until Thursday. Invited speakers to the event include Dick Costolo of Twitter, Google Chairman Erich Schmidt, Leo Apotheker of Hewlett-Packard and Netflix’s Reed Hastings.