Steve Ballmer, Windows 8 Will Be Riskiest Product

Steve Ballmer said that Windows 8, or to be more precise, the next release of Windows, would be Microsoft’s riskiest upcoming product when interviewed at the Gartner Symposium. No additional information where given by Mr Ballmer, leaving a lot of people puzzled by the answer.

If you’d ask tech savvy users before that symposium about Microsoft’s riskiest product, it is almost guaranteed that the majority would not have picked Windows 8. They’d probably have picked Windows Phone 7, or Xbox Kinect, or any of the other products that Microsoft is working on.

But Windows 8? Now, this does not have to mean that the operating system will be bad. It could as well mean that Microsoft finally has decided to add features or make changes that they consider important, but do not know how the public will perceive them.

Could Windows 8 become a second Vista? We are not sure what Mr. Ballmer meant when he answered the question, but he surely must have known something at this point that the public does not. All we know about Windows 8 is from leaks, job postings and other informal sources.

Could it be that Microsoft plans to make a big change in Windows 8? They certainly have to do something to get users to switch to the operating system, especially after the rave reviews that Windows 7 received.

Why would anyone want to switch from Windows 7 to Windows 8, if the latter would not offer something special that the former would not? Take a look at the video below to judge for yourself, and let us know what you think he meant.

On a side note. Mr. Ballmer said the next release of Windows. Not Windows 8. This could hint at the possibility that the next Windows will not be named Windows 8, but differently. Thoughts?

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14 Responses to Steve Ballmer, Windows 8 Will Be Riskiest Product

  1. Guest October 24, 2010 at 11:10 am #

    I’m pretty sure Windows 8 will finally be 64-bit only, no 32-bit editions (the technology is already old news, although it’s still extremely mainstream).
    This article only supports this assumption.

    • Hwcheetah November 2, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

      i thought windows 7 was already 64-bit?

      • blre November 3, 2010 at 1:39 am #

        well what “guest” means is that windows 8 will be available solely in 64-bit like windows server 2008 R2. Currently, Windows 7 is available in 32 and 64-bit

    • Aweg February 7, 2011 at 9:23 am #

      You don’t get it! This article supports the assumption that it has NO NATIVE ARCHITECTURE.

      It has been posted below, but most people are still oblivious to the Singularity Project and the vanished, but never discontinued Midori.

      What is the riskiest, but most important obstacle to Microsoft? Breaking legacy and shifting to .NET! Why do they suddenly support ARM? Because that’s completely natural for a Singularity-Based OS!

      Think about it, what else would Steve Ballmer consider risky and still do? UI experiments? LOL COME ON! It’s the time in which both legacy and Midori exist in parallel, which is an extremely difficult balance! The shift must be enforced, but they can’t risk loosing too many customers due to disadvantages in running legacy (native) code.


      If this happens, x86 will fall, Ring 3 will fall, and the best programming languages in existance will be forced into the mainstream. The Rebirth of Operating Systems as a whole! They might even smash down Linux in terms of security, stability, platform interoperability — in principle, the new approach can do it all.

      I think you noticed just how hyped I am about this. Ooh, they better not screw this up.

  2. Carl Nelson October 26, 2010 at 11:28 am #

    I’m thinking a completely new base for the operating system, modular and more flexibility. drivers and things integration. perhaps making a different interface instead of just making it PRETTY and just as functional… maybe new features we’ve never heard from… i’d be nice to be able to expect a surprise from them like a “new idea” similar to how plug and play technology changed things.

    the 64 bit native would be nice because they could focus their attention and give us actual useful updates…and not just security updates…

    of course maybe they’ll focus even more and surprise us all! make Firefox default browser ;P
    honestly i just think that windows needs to change their support ideas, think of performance and convince, if you think about security for a SECOND you’d never touch IE over firefox… give us something that makes it worth it, not direct x 3577274772626 and a half, take chances like nvidia on the FERMI architecture. but i’m just hoping and praying… and maybe writing code to do it if Microsoft won’t…


    • Mike November 16, 2010 at 7:29 pm #

      Carl, Like Mac OSx?

  3. Chup October 27, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    Why the hell did Al Bundy change his name to Steve Ballmer.

  4. Cpruett2 November 1, 2010 at 8:19 pm #

    I am going out on a limb here but I am guessing it will have capability of motion recognition. Microsoft has been buying companies that produce chips capable of such. Like I said, its just a guess, but that’s what I am thinking. Wouldn’t it be something to have a computer similar to the one stark has in the movie Iron Man.

  5. Guest November 10, 2010 at 4:25 pm #

    They’re going to move everything to the web. That is why Mr. Balmer believes it’s going to be controversial.

  6. Armageddon November 30, 2010 at 8:20 pm #

    it seems that it will most likely be an internet based OS, given how much the ‘cloud’ has been hyped…a motion sensor doesn’t seem too far off either, but i can’t see how/why i would ever use it.

  7. Eddie Monsoon December 4, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

    Has anyone checked out the Microsoft Singularity project? This is by no means a serous product, but it demonstrates that Microsoft maybe considering the unthinkable by finally breaking away from legacy architecture that has held them back in the OS wars. As a former Borland employee, I know many of the movers and shakers inside Microsoft, and I know there has been always been a lot of pressure to re-write the whole thing from the ground up. This would have been a sacking offence back in the day. Microsoft are, and always have been a profit based company. Why do something the users don’t want, did not ask for (and maybe won’t even like?) but the rise of OSX and Linux are a game changer. To be honest Microsoft would love to get back the server market, but that’s just not going to happen unless there is a whole new OS on offer that is can complete with the security and stability of Linux. For me Windows 7 was all about virtualisation, seeing if we are all happy to run our favourite Apps inside a virtual environment. That done, I think we may all be in for a big surprise soon. A major re-write, and a new architecture. If not now, when?

  8. Rld8810 December 21, 2010 at 2:59 am #

    Why the HELL is Microsoft already talking about Microsoft 8? Seriously, Windows 7 has only been out for a year and a half, and they haven’t even released the first service pack for it! Why not let the CURRENT new OS marinate for a little while, and see how it performs when the service packs are applied. If Windows 7 continues to improve performance-wise, Microsoft should stick with it for a while. Maybe a release date for Windos 8 could be scheduled 5 years down the road from now? When Microsoft came out with Windows XP, they didn’t release another OS after that for another 5 years until they came out with Vista. Even after that, Windows XP was still Microsoft’s most widely used OS because Vista completely sucked ass. In reality, Windows XP had about a 7-8 year run where it was Microsoft’s best OS until they came out with Windows 7 in 2009. With Windows 7/XP, PC users will do just fine for now. Microsoft is getting way ahead of themselves with all this talk about Windows 8.

  9. Mithral7 January 20, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    Risky? Indeed. Windows 8 may finally be the version that pushes me out of my Home PC environment into something else. When I reach the point where I have to migrate, and find out my library of programs, games, and software become unusable, I’m pretty much going to look elsewhere for my home-PC addictions. Right now I can keep up with my PC addictions a couple hundred dollars at a time, over time. But if I find myself having to pony up thousands of dollars for new PC+Win8+all new software, I’m probably better of just stepping into the Mac world and leaving PCs and Microsoft behind. I can’t see how this is going to help their business, unless Microsoft’s whole point is to just focus on Business applications and honestly tell home users to just go somewhere else. Or, maybe PC’s really are becoming a thing of the past, and I need to figure out how I’m to replace them with a fancy new iPhone.

    • Brenden Nickless March 20, 2011 at 7:23 am #

      you do realise that ‘stepping into the mac world’ will also make your library of programs, games and software unusable? have fun finding yourself having to pony up thousands of dollars for a Mac with the specs of a windows pc that would cost half the price and deliver twice the performance. and when you need a faster machine, you DO realise you’re going to need to pony up thousands of dollars more for the NEXT generation mac, rather than simply (and logically) sticking some better hardware in your current computer as any logically-minded PC user would. i can’t see how this is going to help your plight.
      you need to figure out how you’re going to replace your brain with a fancy new lineup of shiny distracting iDevices, because you clearly need a new one if you’re thinking a windows PC will cost you *thousands* of dollars and a mac won’t…i hear the new sandy bridge macbooks are now doing that thunderbolt thing …and ooh look, they have facetime, shiny..
      pfft, it’s your money. i’m sorry to hear that you think spending more on a product that will give you less will save you from ponying up all your hard earned cash, but if it makes you feel you’ll be leaving microsoft ‘behind you’, by all means…pony up.

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