Given all that, Microsoft is taking a two-pronged approach to Windows 8. Windows 8 will be on tablets and laptops, including its popular Ultrabook range of thin, light laptops. It's also for desktops, but for those too picky to want a new desktop PC with a touch interface, Microsoft will offer a version of Windows 8 that works on desktop PCs, but one that can be easily disabled in the BIOS.
The Windows 8 interface is still in a very early stage of development, and will launch in two iterations. The first iteration, dubbed Windows 8 – Tablet, has come a long way since its debut. Windows 8 – Tablet will be available to tablet makers, and will also be the operating system for Windows 8 PCs. The second iteration, slated to ship later this year, is dubbed Windows 8 – PC. Windows 8 – PC will run on traditional Windows PCs and provide a scaled-down version of the Metro interface.
Windows 8 will be just one of several big-ticket initiatives Microsoft will introduce over the next 18 months. Alongside Windows 8, Microsoft will unveil its Windows Server 2012 operating system, which will be its biggest update since 2000. It will also launch its next-generation Xbox console in late 2013, and will roll out a new version of Office 2013 later this year. 827ec27edc