Windows 8 - coming soon?
Microsoft publishes and then deletes employee's blog on Windows 8, due next year
Microsoft’s marketing campaign for Windows 8 appears to have begun – the company briefly published a blog on msdn.com, and then took it down almost immediately.
In it, the anonymous author promised that “the themes that have been floated truly reflect what people have been looking for years and it will change the way people think about PCs and the way they use them. It is the future of PCs...”
The blogger added that Windows 8 was “something completely different” from previous operating systems.
Rumours had surfaced last month that Windows 8, which is referred to in the blog post as Windows.Next, would launch on July 2011.
Although the blog post reveals little detail, its brief appearance and subsequent deletion probably means that it will attract more attention than had it simply been published.
Publicly, the company’s European head of Consumer and Online, John Mangelaars has said only that “Windows 8 will be mindblowing”.
Sales of Windows 7, launched in July last year, were behind a large part of Microsoft’s 60pc increase in quarterly profits for the end of 2009, but the company is likely to come under increasing pressure in coming months.
Google’s Chrome OS and Apple’s iPad are likely to challenge Microsoft’s position on netbooks and high-end laptops respectively.