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Next Version of Windows Will Be Riskiest Product

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Windows? Risky?

Is Windows a risky product for Microsoft? One could say no, as each new version of Windows is bundled with new PCs, making it an instantly huge seller.

But then you could get something like Windows Vista, which made huge strides in security and other subsystems over Windows XP, but still wasn't the new Windows that everyone wanted to use. Microsoft got it mostly right with Windows 7, and it's paying off now with 240 million licenses in its year on the market.

The big thing that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was excited about was putting computing into the cloud. Microsoft's focusing on cloud products, like the release of Office 365, but that aside, the interviewers wanted to know if the software company was taking any other risks.

Steve Ballmer was asked at an analyst conference what is Microsoft's riskiest product bet. The answer was "the next release of Windows."

To be fair, Ballmer did not clarify to say that it was Windows 8. It could have been Windows 7 SP1, though we doubt that the Service Pack that Microsoft itself has characterized as minor would be something risky for the company.

Last week, Microsoft Netherlands mentioned in a blog post, which has since been removed, that it will take about two years before Windows 8 hits the market.

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    eklipz330 , October 25, 2010 10:46 PM
    god damn... i was reading the article and then... WHY THE HELL DOES HE SWEAT SO MUCH?
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    mrhappy50 , October 25, 2010 11:01 PM
    It's kinda nice that they are one of the only major companies with a REALLY energetic CEO.
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    bustapr , October 25, 2010 10:50 PM
    Thats a hilarious pic...
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  • 31 Hide
    eklipz330 , October 25, 2010 10:46 PM
    god damn... i was reading the article and then... WHY THE HELL DOES HE SWEAT SO MUCH?
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    bustapr , October 25, 2010 10:50 PM
    Thats a hilarious pic...
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    MAGPC , October 25, 2010 10:55 PM
    I think it will be a good move.
    Microsoft, just take care of your next step. Try to satisfy us The customers.
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    mrhappy50 , October 25, 2010 11:01 PM
    It's kinda nice that they are one of the only major companies with a REALLY energetic CEO.
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    Darkerson , October 25, 2010 11:08 PM
    Yeah, they cant afford to make another mistake like Vista. Well I guess they can, but it will only give more leeway to the competition. Im just wondering if Windows 8 is truly is gonna be the departure from previous versions of Windows, as its been hinted at, or just further refinements like Windows 7 is.
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    Diverse , October 25, 2010 11:17 PM
    I always hated Microsoft...but I always root for them, and I always want their products to succeed. Why the hell is that?
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    stevo777 , October 25, 2010 11:24 PM
    I think 7 is decent. They will have to do quite a bit for 8, or I don't think people will want to migrate--just as many have not wanted to migrate from XP.
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    gmarsack , October 25, 2010 11:27 PM
    Cloud, Phone 7, Kinect. Looking forward to how things unfold. Will be an interesting year a head.
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    Dkz , October 25, 2010 11:28 PM
    He looks like an infected about to change into a full grown zombie!
    All that sweat!! That might have been a risky product.
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    LongLiveRock1974 , October 25, 2010 11:47 PM
    Their next "risky" product should be a Microsoft Anti-Perspirant. Yeah...Microsoft MAP has a nice ring to it.
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    afrobacon , October 25, 2010 11:49 PM
    I really hope they try something new with Windows 8. If that is the case it would make sense that the product is "risky." On the other-hand, a slightly more refined Windows 7 would be a bigger risk since it will be harder to get people to want to buy it.

    Could it be that W8 will have a huge focus on cloud computing? -- That would be a product I would look forward to.
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    Onus , October 26, 2010 1:00 AM
    Being forced into cloud computing will turn me away from Windows. I build Personal Computers...full control [over the data] rests with the user. Blizzard wants you online the whole time to play their new games; does MS expect the same to use your entire computer??? Whose interests does that serve, advertisers'? It certainly doesn't serve mine. Thankfully, CPUs are so powerful now that if I have to use an emulator like WINE to run Windows programs offline, I will. So yeah, if that's their plan, Windows 8 could be a huge risk.
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    jsc , October 26, 2010 1:24 AM
    I'd like to see a more secure OS. There should be a way to increase security without affecting usability too much.
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    loomis86 , October 26, 2010 1:24 AM
    gmarsackCloud, Phone 7, Kinect. Looking forward to how things unfold. Will be an interesting year a head.


    I'd like to see an xbox emulator built into windows...and wireless kinect-ish camera pods located all around the room(s).
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    nforce4max , October 26, 2010 1:46 AM
    I can care less, all I want is something that works and doesn't suck up the entire machine before I try to use any apps. I hate the fact that one has to spend heaps of cash only to keep the os from making a lag fest of any game out there.
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    twu , October 26, 2010 1:49 AM
    Sweat is good for him, it helps his liver. :) 
    We don't sweat much but we do like to use high performance SAS/SATA controller to offload CPU workl0ads
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    cronik93 , October 26, 2010 1:54 AM
    Huh? Windows 7 is GREAT. Please dedicate fully to it MS!!!!
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    mrmez , October 26, 2010 2:01 AM
    eklipz330god damn... i was reading the article and then... WHY THE HELL DOES HE SWEAT SO MUCH?


    Want to vom.
    That pic is enough to put anyone off Windows for life.
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    stevelord , October 26, 2010 3:11 AM
    jtt283 Blizzard wants you online the whole time to play their new games


    um....hello? Ubisoft has been doing this for years with their games. But at least Blizzard doesn't release utter crap.
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