So Paul “the man” Thurrott just wrote an article about Windows Phone 7, Windows 8, IE 9 and a bunch of other tools.
Here are the relevant parts of the article..
According to sources at the company, Microsoft is going to change the Windows UI in the next version and offer a tiered experience that changes based on the form factor and other considerations. One of the UIs on offer will allegedly be a tile-based UI very similar to that of Windows Phone, which should answer complaints from users who were hoping to see a Windows Phone-based tablet.
My take – DISASTER. If Windows for the PC is changed that radically, let me be the first to say I smell Windows Vista 2 – the Sequel. If it’s just tablets that have a radical change I’m still not impressed. I havent seen sales figures that can rationalize the widespread adoption and promotion of the Windows Phone 7 interface.
I believe that so far IOS and Android are wiping the floor with it.
Either way, we’ll know more soon enough: You can expect a first beta release of Windows 8—likely a private beta—in time for the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in September or October, followed by the final release in 2012.
Another prediction for Windows 8 beta this year. Once again, I am skeptical. We will see.