Expect to hear more about the next version of Windows next week.
It was just announced that Steven Sinofsky, president of Microsoft’s Windows and Windows Live group, will speak at the All Things D conference next week in the Los Angeles area.
Sinofsky [below] has a longtime relationship with conference co-host Walt Mossberg, the Wall Street Journal’s personal technology columnist.
The timing is right for another peek at Windows 8 or whatever Microsoft decides to call the next version of its flagship operating system. It’s expected to go on sale, along with a wave of new PCs, in early 2012.
At the Consumer Electronics Show In January, Sinofsky gave a technical preview of the software, showing that it runs on small mobile device hardware.
A fuller preview is expected at a Windows developer conference that Microsoft’s holding in Anaheim in September.
Perhaps Sinofsky will stoke anticipation — and further ties with Mossberg — by using the D9 conference to reveal more details of Windows 8 such as its interface design.
Sinofsky is likely to be asked to clarify some of the details about Windows 8 that were released by Intel. A manager revealed there will be different versions of the software and different application compatibility for systems based on traditional x86 computers and those running mobile ARM processors.
Steve Ballmer gave him an opening, dropping a few tidbits at a developer conference in Tokyo today, Mary Jo Foley noted this afternoon. Ballmer said the new OS will be released in 2012 and he called it Windows 8, although that may not be the final name. From his speech:
We’re obviously hard at work on the next version of Windows. Windows 7 PCs will sell over 350 million units this year. We’ve done a lot in Windows 7 to improve customer satisfaction. We have a brand new user interface. We’ve added touch, and ink, and speech. And yet, as we look forward to the next generation of Windows systems, which will come out next year, there’s a whole lot more coming. As we progress through the year, you ought to expect to hear a lot about Windows 8. Windows 8 slates, tablets, PCs, a variety of different form factors.
D9 co-host Kara Swisher announced Sinofsky’s appearance today, but held back on previewing whatever news he’ll make next week. Swisher said Sinofsky “will talk about the future of Windows in the era of all kinds of new devices and the cloud.”
Microsoft spokesman Lou Gellos had no details to provide, beyond confirming Sinofsky’s appearance at the event.
The conference runs Tuesday through Thursday.
Other speakers include a raft of CEOs: Hewlett-Packard’s Leo Apotheker, Twitter’s Dick Costolo, AT&T Mobility’s Ralph de la Vega, Disney’s Robert Iger, Zynga’s Mark Pincus and Reed Hastings of Netflix. Others include Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and Sinofsky’s old co-worker, Nokia Chief Executive Stephen Elop.