Be still your hearts: Microsoft to reveal new version of Windows

Apple Online Store“Microsoft Corp., feeling pressure from hit products like Apple Inc.’s iPad, is crafting a new operating system that deviates from the software giant’s heavy reliance on chip technology pioneered by Intel Corp., according to people briefed on Microsoft’s plans,” Don Clark and Nick Wingfield.

“The company next month plans to demonstrate a new version of its widely used Windows operating system that targets low-power devices and adds support for chips based on designs from ARM Holdings PLC as well as the x86 chip technology offered by Intel and Advanced Micro Devices Inc., these people said,” Clark and Wingfield report. “Microsoft will discuss the software at the Consumer Electronics Show in early January, though it isn’t expected to be available for two years, they added.”

MacDailyNews Take: Pfft. Get back to us in two years then, you incessant vaporizers.

Clark and Wingfield report, “Microsoft has struggled to match its dominance in PC operating systems in markets such as smartphones and a new breed of consumer tablets that Apple has come to dominate since introducing the iPad last spring. Chips based on designs licensed by ARM consume less power than most x86 chips, helping to make them an overwhelming favorite in smartphones. Microsoft already sells versions of Windows for cellphones that support the technology, but has remained firmly committed to x86 chips in the mainstream version of the product used in PCs and server systems.”

MacDailyNews Note: Intel is shooting blanks. If investors are paying attention, expect INTC to take a hit.

Clark and Wingfield report, “the effort is part of a broader push at Microsoft to make Windows more “modular” so that pieces of the operating system that are unnecessary for smaller, low-power devices like tablets can be easily stripped away to make the software perform snappily on the gadgets. The strategy is similar to the one Apple has employed with iOS, the lightweight operating system for iPads, iPhones and other devices that is derived from Apple’s full-blown Mac operating system for traditional computers… It’s unclear how quickly Microsoft can deliver a new tablet-friendly version of Windows. The next major release of the operating system, Windows 8, isn’t expected until 2012 some time.

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Microsoft is perpetually late. They need to get faster copiers. Two years from now, Apple will have sold more iOS devices than there are people in the United States of America.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “jax44” for the heads up.]


  1. Ok let’s talk about what we might do in 2 years. Let’s add more complications for the masses to get confused about. We can’t do much right so let’s see if we pretend to work on a stripped down windows if people will come to us.

    After all we can’t let apple get the lead because we can show more vaporware then anyone.
    Microsoft king of vaporware
    Microsoft our passion your frustration


    Wait.. dont… tell … me……It… has………..a….. Win……dows…. App…. Market……………….place…………? A………zing…… where… do…. they… come… up… with…. this…. stuff……..?

  3. Introducing Microsoft Perpetuate!
    The operating system for those who like to Keep It Like It Is(tm)!
    We have copied all the latest features from the Mac OS, while keeping familiar, comfortable features like Internet Explorer security holes and the Blue Screen Of Death. Upgrade for no reason or benefit at all!

    So no need to think different when you can Think The Same(tm)!

    Coming sometime in the next few years, so don’t buy anything else until then!

  4. “The strategy is similar to the one Apple has employed with iOS, the lightweight operating system for iPads, iPhones and other devices that is derived from Apple’s full-blown Mac operating system for traditional computers… “

    So… yet again, they have to wait until Apple shows them how to do it.

  5. Today’s revelation signals an increased production run from the world’s leading producer of vaporware. Microsoft’s vapor manufacturing facility, located in a 300 sq ft corner of Steve Ballmer’s office, has been ramping up output in recent years in an effort to counter the resurgence of Apple Inc. Microsoft’s once-powerful vapor division has a proud history of freezing competition and conning gullible minds on wall street, although in recent years, the product has lost much of its luster. During the 1990’s the division was given its own product category separate from Microsoft Disinformation Department. The Monopolistic Tactical Division is managed from a separate corner of the MS CEO office and also handles Predatory Contracts/Partnerships/Licenses while still working closely with MS Vapor. In recent years, however these products have also met with less success due to a regime change at the U.S. Justice Dept, and the Outright Theft Division has all but ceased activity due to a lack of exploitable unguarded raw material.

    Microsoft management, however, stands by the quality of its vapor products noting a steady improvement of fictitious product specs, and make-believe market projections.

  6. This is so exciting!!!!

    Yet-to-be released products by Microsoft are always the best, representing the state-of-the-art, with perfectly executed features every customer wants and rivals can only dream of matching. Yessir, this is going to be awesome! (Until they actually release it. It’s going to suck then.)

    MDN Magic Word: doubt

  7. Microsoft sees a stock sell-off coming.
    They’re jettisoning all meaningless press releases now, in an attempt to lighten the ship enough to keep it afloat a little longer.

    Talking about a fantasy OS that won’t see the light of day for another TWO YEARS?!
    That’s acrid, sweat-stained desperation.

    Microsoft may as well talk about wishful products, with release dates in TEN years. And it won’t surprise me if Microsoft does just that.

    Microsoft’s hope is that their marketing department can create in consumers, a perpetual state of anticipation for something good from Microsoft.

    Microsoft’s Intended Effect:

    Windows User: “Hmmm. I’m really tempted to switch, but I heard that the next Windows OS will be good this time. I heard it’s coming soon, just a year or two more. Maybe I should hang on.”

    Microsoft Investor: “Isn’t it time to sell my MSFT shares? (scans headlines on her iPad) Oh, look, Microsoft just announced some upcoming products that sound pretty good. Maybe I should hang on to these shares just a little longer …”

    Microsoft’s Corporate Mission:
    “Fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time. Repeat.”

  8. 2 YEARS? Two years! This tsunami shift away from Microsoft will be almost done by then. The halo from the iPhone and iPad to the Mac, along with cloud computing and what ever the Google and HP Web OS’s are will take Microsoft Windows # off at the knees leaving it as road kill.

    2 YEARS! You have to know Ballmer will not be there that long.

  9. It used to be that a mere announcement from Microsoft would freeze out competitors because IT doofuses would happily wait. But now we’re looking at a situation where a firm will cede real advantage to a competitor using Apple (or even <gag>Android</gag>) devices. Can microsoft and the legions of corporate drones continue to get away with this? I think not. This move smacks of desperation. Only a matter of time now. Balmer T. Clown ousted at the next shareholder’s meeting.

  10. In light of their performance with Vista, 7, even XP it is clear that the only way MS can accomplish a new OS working on multiple platforms before the heart death of the universe is to take Darwin and put a thin candy coating on it (now that’s real innovation – M$ style) or perhaps start with LINUX and work from there. Any other path dooms the project to total failure. Either path dooms M$ to total destruction. WHich way will Balmer go?????

  11. “Five hundred dollars? Fully subsidized, with a plan? I’d say it is the most expensive phone in the world and it doesn’t appeal to business customers because it doesn’t have a keyboard which makes it not a very good email machine… So, I, I kinda look at that and I say, well, I like our strategy. I like it a lot.”

    Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, 17 January 2007

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