Microsoft’s CEO Confirms Windows 8 Coming Next Year, First Official Demo at D9 Conference on May 31

Submitted by lalit on May 23, 2011 - 9:05pm.

Microsoft’s Windows 7 update was a facelift for Windows Vista like Mac OS X Snow Leopard was tummy tuck for Mac OS X Leopard. Now everyone is asking the question when is the real update to the two operating systems coming? Apple has already announced that they will launch next generation Mac OS X codenamed “Lion” at WWDC in June. And today Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer announced at Microsoft Developer Forum in Japan that Windows 8 will come out next year. He said at the event:

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.

Adding more fuel to Windows 8 fire is the news that Steven Sinofsky, President, Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft, will demo the new tablet UI of Windows 8 at next week’s D9 conference. All Things D has confirmed that Microsoft’s Windows kingpin Steven Sinofsky will be onstage at D9 next week to talk about future of Windows franchise.

The next few weeks are going to be very interesting with the D9 conference from May 31 to June 2 and then WWDC from June 6 to June 10.