Windows 7 may only be ten months old, but that hasn't stopped PC owners looking towards Microsoft's next operating system, dubbed 'Windows 8' by many. Michael Cherry , research vice president at Directions on Microsoft tells us the six functions and features he'd like to see in the new OS.
Release it on time
"An important feature I would like to see is simply a timely release of the next version," Cherry said. This could be a challenge, he notes, because too much discussion of Windows 8 could negatively affect Windows 7 adoption.
"Windows 7 is a pretty good piece of work and is actually being purchased and deployed by consumers and organisations," said Cherry. "But there are still these nagging doubts about the Windows team's ability to deliver successive high-quality new versions of the client OS on a regular, predictable schedule."
Expect Microsoft to be light on details about Windows 8 development to give Windows 7 adoption some breathing room, Cherry said.
"I would not take a bet against [Windows chief] Steven Sinofsky's ability to release a product on time, but in order to not hurt Windows 7 adoption, the normally secretive Sinofsky will hold his cards even closer to his chest on Windows 8."
Windows 8 would be generally available in October of 2012 if Microsoft stays on a three-year schedule.
Your Windows 8 wishlist
But that's just one person's Windows 8 wishlist. What would you like to see in Microsoft's next generation desktop operating system? Use the comments section below to let us know the features you think should be included in Windows 8.
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