But if corporate buyers know that Windows 8 is just around the corner, they will hold off on purchasing systems, because they'll want to see what the requirements of Windows 8 are, and how they should be planning their future upgrades
“Ballmer’s problem is that he’s stuck in the past,” Einhorn said. “He’s allowed competitors to beat Microsoft in huge areas, including search, mobile-communications software, tablet computing and social networking. Even worse, his response to these failures has been to pour tremendous resources into efforts to develop his way out of these holes.”
According to ibtimes.com Intel’s revelation last week that Microsoft could release both an ARM-based and x86-based Windows 8 had stirred some controversy. Windows 8 running atop ARM will not run legacy applications while the x86-based Windows 8 will support legacy apps. The Windows 8 on ARM is primarily targeted at mobile and tablet platforms
Windows blog published what it purported to be slides showing Microsoft’s plans for Windows 8. The slides hinted that Microsoft hopes to replicate Apple’s App Store model and instant-on capability for devices in order for Windows 8 to succeed. Microsoft did not confirm the authenticity of the slides, though observers agreed that they look credible.
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