The rumor that Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer would showcase a development version of the upcoming operating system Windows 8 came up some weeks ago and it was quickly picked up not only by tech blogs but newspapers as well.
We have decided to post no article on it here on Windows 8 News as it was to vague and we wanted confirmation first before we did. With milestone 2 in the development just passed it seemed unlikely that a center stage demonstration was going to happen.
And the rumor of a Windows 8 demo at CES 2011 was quickly taken a backseat as it became clear that Microsoft would demonstrate Windows TV boxes at the convention.
Seattle based online news site Tech Flash is now reporting that Microsoft will indeed give users a glimpse of the Windows 8 operating system at this year’s CES.
Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans confirm that the company tomorrow will show Windows running on the ARM architecture common in mobile devices and slate-style computers — a landmark move intended to make the traditional PC operating system work on a broader array of machines.
Tech enthusiasts should not get their hopes set to high however as this first open demonstration seems to target Windows 8’s ARM support only. Do not expect a shiny new interface or other feature revelations during the show.
Why ARM chips, why now? ARM processors offer longer battery life and other features that make them very attractive and Microsoft for now has no products that works really well with those chips. The software giant is changing that with the release of Windows 8, and it is likely that the show is used to give companies, manufacturers and developers confidence in the product so that they begin to use Windows 8 on ARM based devices.
Users who want to watch the keynote live can do so at the Microsoft News Center.