Whoa, a Microsoft employee just published details on Windows 8 on their blog, claiming it will be "completly [sic]different from what folks usually expect of Windows", and that internally, they're calling it "Windows.next".
Shown above is a leaked Windows server roadmap from last year, that marks 2012 as being the year of a "major release", with "codename - Windows 8" mentioned. The employee spoke on the blog about the codename:
"So how am I referring to the next version of Windows without saying that many words – well simple – Windows.next:) This is definitely not the official version but a version that is becoming common along my circle"
On what to expect:
"The minimum that folks can take for granted is that the next version will be something completly [sic]different from what folks usually expect of Windows – I am simply impressed with the process that Steven has setup to listen to our customers needs and wants and get a team together than can make it happen. To actually bring together dozens and dozens of teams across Microsoft to come up with a vision for Windows.next is a process that is surreal! 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… "
We already knew Microsoft would be shifting its attention to Windows 8 this July, so while this latest slip-up doesn't elucidate much, at least we can mull over what the employee means by a "completly different" Windows. Does he mean it won't have a built-in spellchecker? [ MSDN via Microsoft Kitchen via SlashGear]