Reports are coming that Microsoft is said to be releasing a tablet-oriented version of Windows in 2012. The reasons for this are quite clear: Windows 7 simply isn’t optimized for use with modern tablets having finger-based input. Do you remember the long, throbbing transition from Windows Mobile 6 to Windows Phone 7? Once again, it will take time for Microsoft to bring the user experience it needs to be able to fight with Apple’s iOS and Google’s Honeycomb.
The 2012 release date for Windows 8 is in line with what we’ve earlier heard. Though, a recent report claimed that a tablet-optimized beta version of Windows 8 is coming in September, and now a leading website claims that the public testing of the new version of Windows will begin “at the end of this year” with partners and customers, with the final version of the OS being slated for “back-to-school season” of 2012. With the iPad 2 coming to stores one week from now, those dates sound very, very far-away
There’s a long road ahead for Microsoft, whose Windows-for-tablets will most likely have to compete with an iPad 3, far more advanced Android tablets and a second generation of RIM’s PlayBook. However, as obvious from the examples of Microsoft’s search engine Bing and Windows Phone 7, which has been slow to make an impact on the market but a partnership with Nokia will certainly bring it greater adoption, Microsoft has shown to be a company that knows how to be patient and learn from its mistakes.