Bloomberg confirms next week’s Windows 8 tablet demo

By Tom Warren, on 26th May 11 9:44 pm with 23 Comments

Windows 8 on ARM chips

Microsoft is due to showcase its Windows 8 tablet UI next week, according to reports.

The respected Bloomberg news agency confirmed on Thursday that Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky will demonstrate the company’s “immersive” touch screen UI running on hardware with an Nvidia Tegra chip. Microsoft is attempting to counter Apple’s domination of touch based mobile devices and tablets. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, said the company is in a race during a speech in New Delhi today. “We are in a race,” he said. “We are not doing that badly, frankly. We are doing pretty well in that race. But the race is on to continue to push Windows to a variety of new form factors.”

Microsoft’s Windows chief, Steven Sinofsky, is expected to demonstrate the company’s efforts with Windows 8 next week. WinRumors exclusively detailed the company’s plans earlier this week. Sinofsky is appearing at the All Things Digital D9 conference on Wednesday morning. The software giant confirmed Sinofsky’s appearance on Monday. Microsoft has a habit of introducing new technologies at the Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital Conference, which will run from May 31 to June 2 this year. Bill Gates introduced Microsoft’s Surface computer in 2007 and the company demonstrated Windows 7 multitouch in 2008. Microsoft will show a “technology preview” of its Windows 8 Tablet experience at the conference next week.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer promised Windows 8 PCs, Tablets and Slates next year during a speech earlier this week. Several Taiwan based PC manufacturers have reportedly complained that they have been excluded from early Windows 8 development programs. The software giant has reportedly talked with Nvidia, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, Intel and AMD to seek their participation in a special Integrated Development Program for Windows 8. Some companies have complained to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) in Taiwan to seek government involvement.

Microsoft may introduce Windows 8 ARM based tablets ahead of a full desktop release according to reports. Microsoft’s competitive tablet strategy is believed to be further along than expected. Dell’s recently leaked Tablet Roadmap revealed that the OEM has marked Q1 2012 as its date for a Windows 8 based slate. WinRumors understands that Microsoft has been working on an ARM based version of Windows for nearly a year and that it is laboring hard to bring this to the market as soon as possible. Microsoft has previously promised a “major revamp” of Windows for slate applications, that will come in the next version, Windows 8.

Microsoft has so far been extremely quiet on the Windows 8 front. Windows Chief, Steven Sinofsky, took to the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January to introduce a technology preview of Microsoft’s Windows ARM support and show off an early build of Windows 8. Microsoft is partnering with ARM-based manufactures NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments to produce new Tablet devices. Rumors suggest that Microsoft will create a dual-UI for Windows 8. A tile-based user interface codenamed “Mosh” will reportedly be included.

Steve Ballmer has described the next release of Windows as the company’s “riskiest product bet”. It is understood that Microsoft will feature deep cloud integration into the future OS to realise its vision of “three screens and a cloud”. One Microsoft employee recently said he believes Windows 8 will be the “most important Windows ever shipped.”

  • Steve Jobs

    Hell yeah!

    • McAkins Online

      Would be funny if the real Prophet Steve is on this forum bashing our heads for loving MS this much. Hope you wash yourself clean before you use SteveJ’s name.

  • Erik

    This needs to be 100% metro UI

    • Tom W

      That’s a given :)

    • zzz

      I’m surprised tablet UI hasn’t leaked yet. Or has it? I only saw what looked like desktop version of W8 on this site.

    • Anonymous

      Nothing has leaked yet, the only things we’ve seen is the video where they demoed a bunch of things from Microsoft Research, one was a tablet which they used to play music on a couple of different Microsoft devices, but I don’t think that’s the Windows 8 tablet UI, just something that they had in the lab.

      I can’t wait to see what Microsoft have been brewing up, not to mention Walt Mossberg’s response to it, the only thing that sucks is that they don’t livestream these things, and they’re released in segments.

    • zzz

      I don’t understand why MS keeps on legitimizing Mossberg by attending his show, let alone giving him this big demo. He’s becoming even more influential and that’s not good for MS.

    • Tom

      Because back in the Windows 95/98 days, Mossberg converted from Mac to PC.

      Whereas David “Apple” Pogue is a true believer who cannot be influenced, a good impression made on Mossberg can actually move the swing voters.

      And just like with swing voters, sometimes you have to appeal to people who do not see eye-to-eye with you.

    • Guest

      Microsoft is protecting this UI by hiding information, basically it need a special DLL that contains many core resources and functions, and this DLL is not in the normal Windows installation images, so its not leaked yet. its in the ‘Super Pill’ as Microsoft calls it.

  • Erik

    This needs to be 100% metro UI

  • McAkins Online

    C’mon MS! This Nerd needs his killer tab plz, put the iDrones to shame. Blow our minds next week will ja?

  • Anonymous

    Microsoft is on a roll; I’ve been very impressed with their lack of staying dormant. 

    Major government deals for Office 365 reached, the taking down of Rustock (largest spamming network), Windows Phone Mango preview, recent Skype acquisition, recent Bing Map Streetside updates, much tighter Bing integration with Facebook, the new Xbox 360 update + addition of PayPal as a payment method and Hulu, Windows 8 tablet demo next week, Windows 8 OS is shaping up to be awesome, Microsoft Office 15 updates look great, Zune is getting some re-design love on the WP7 side, the leaked updates to Windows Live Skydrive, a new Microsoft Store opening tomorrow, the E3 conference coming up next week, and a very likely partnership with Baidu, the largest search engine in China. All of this happened within the last 40 days (besides E3 and Baidu).

    • Anonymous

      What do you mean no E3 in the next 40 days? E3 is in like 1.5 weeks ain’t it?

    • Kadeem

      within the LAST 40 days, not NEXT…read properly

  • Shane Nokes

    Not to say that this won’t be demoed, but I don’t trust anything Bloomberg has to say until it actually happens due to the incident where they bought into the story their ’insider’ at Zune gave them & ran the story without confirming anything.

    • Anonymous

      What story was that?

    • Shane Nokes

      They ran a story a couple weeks ago about how Microsoft is killing Zune & stated that a ‘source familiar with the decision’ is where they got their info.

      They got egg on their face pretty quickly.

    • Guest

      Sometimes I wonder if the decisions made inside the company are based on what the media says :P ?

  • Anonymous

    If this doesn’t impress the internets look for the MS stock to fall at least a point… maybe more.

    People are expecting them to compete DIRECTLY with the iPiddle so they’d better have something that does that and more.

  • Adam Haider

    So excited to see what the UI will finally look like. I was excited about Windows 7 because anything other than Vista was a saviour but the next OS is really going to be amazing! Can’t wait.

    Things I hope Microsoft deliver for Windows 8 tablets:

    - 100% touch-friendly immersive UI experience (not an overlay)
    - Customisable UI, (something Windows has always been strong at)
    - Metro elements within core UI not just in apps (panorama, swipe, accent colour)
    - Lightweight “thin” devices that are not overloaded with flippy displays and physical keyboards; one sign of a keyboard or a stylus will ruin their chances of ever competing with Apple.
    - Aggressive “global” marketing campaigns, encourage companies to come up with innovate accessories.

    I’m really excited but on the other hand dreading what Microsoft is going to reveal when the time comes. I want to do away with my slow netbook for browsing the web and use a Windows 8 tablet when I’m casually eating lunch, watching TV or in bed. The metro UI is too pleasing not to want to use it in such a scenario.

  • GP007

    If this holds true and the tablet UI is mostly done then expect Win8 on tablets very very soon.   MS doesn’t have to really worry about as much with Win8 on ARM tablets compared to desktop windows as far as all the compatibility with hardware and older software goes.  This is pretty much a freash start even if it’s still “Windows” just on another arch.  

  • Pascal Soell

    It’s funny. A colleage and me started a tablet UI (on Win7) project months ago, bought some tablets and are now developing our first framework fragments. Actually, there will be no need for this on future tablets (as they will have Win8 installed) but on current Win7 tablets it could be pretty cool.
    It would be even greater, if some developers would adopt our framework and rebuild their software for Win7, so it’s even … touchier.

    First look:

  • Hieu_nt_vn

    I love windows 8. Thank you!