It looks like the recent rumours were indeed true. The first official previews of Windows 8 are starting to surface from the D9 and Computex conferences. It appears that just like the conferences the focus is all on tablet devices.
Today, at the D9 Conference, we demonstrated the next generation of Windows, internally code-named “Windows 8,” for the first time. Windows 8 is a reimagining of Windows, from the chip to the interface. A Windows 8-based PC is really a new kind of device, one that scales from touch-only small screens through to large screens, with or without a keyboard and mouse.
If you are a Windows user looking to buy a tablet, do you buy a Windows 7 tablet now and upgrade to Windows 8 later? Running Windows 8 on the same hardware shouldn’t be a problem, but your upgrade wont be happening until sometime next year. The Android Honeycomb 3.1 update has started to roll out, and more important than just being a good update, you can actually buy a tablet and start using it right now. It’s a shame that Microsoft are still so far away from making a serious venture (back) into the tablet market.