As far as Microsoft is concerned, Windows 8 details should be kept under a tight lid, and the company is doing a near perfect job out of keeping mum on any information related to the next iteration of the Windows client and server operating systems. The successors of Windows 7 and Windows Sever 2008 R2, currently labeled with the Windows 8 and Windows 8 Sever codenames, are in planning stage, at this point in time, according to scarce details offered by Microsoft. New details slipped through the Redmond giant’s fingers indicate that Windows 8
is being prepared for a compatibility level as consistent as that of Windows 7
, if not more so, at least when it comes down to peripherals.
In all fairness, the new Windows 8 info doesn’t come from Redmond, but originated from Microsoft China
). In an entry from the Microsoft China official website, Windows 8 is mentioned in relation to peripherals compatibility and Windows. The software giant is touting the fact that the Windows 7 hardware ecosystem is the largest in the world, with the highest level of peripherals and devices support. Apparently, Microsoft is intent on keeping up the good work with Windows 7’s successor, Windows 8.
“Apparently,” because it is extremely hard to understand what exactly is Microsoft trying to do for Windows 7 from the English translations available via various machine translation services. Users will be able to find three different interpretations below, and maybe it will help them at least make an idea of where the company is going with Windows 8.
“Thanks to "the list of the best peripheral", Windows 7 have a high degree of compatibility of the hardware ecosystem. In Windows the occasion of the upcoming next-generation system, Windows 8 planning meeting is also Microsoft's headquarters. At the meeting, their peripheral testing strategy is also more than 3,000 people demonstrated in full before the Windows team. Now, they begin to deepen the market data analysis to quarterly changes, and testing to identify major trends and changes, and with headquarters in real-time sharing. Through this approach will soon become the world's largest PC market in China's hardware and ecological data, it will further affect the evolution of the next generation of Windows, but also affected the whole world,” via Google Translate
“To benefit from the “ best peripherals list ”, Windows 7 has a highly compatible hardware ecosystems.On the occasion of upcoming in Windows, the next generation system Windows 8 Planning Conference held in Microsoft's headquarters.At the meeting, their peripherals testing strategy but also in the more than 3,000 before payment of the full Windows team.Now, they are also preparing an analysis of market data drill down to the quarterly changes in test to find out the major trends and changes in real time to share with headquarters.Through this channel to become the world's third largest PC market in China's hardware ecological data, will further impact on the next generation of Windows, and also to influence the evolution of the world,” via Bing Translator
“Benefits in “the best peripheral device detailed list”, Windows 7 had the highly compatible hardware ecosystem. When Windows soon goes on the market, the new generation system Windows 8 plan conferences also convene in the Microsoft Headquarters. At the meeting, their peripheral device test strategy also all unfolds before the over 3,000 person of Windows team. Now, they begin the market data analysis to deepen to the quarter change, and experiments discovers the main tendency and the change, and with headquarters real-time share. Through this way, soon becomes the world first big PC market China's hardware ecology data, further influence next generation Windows evolution, simultaneously also will affect the world,” via Babel Fish
Even with the translucency
veil instituted by Steven Sinofsky, president, Windows and Windows Live Division, over the Windows project, it is clear that Microsoft plans to continue working closely with hardware manufacturers, software developers OEMs in order to guarantee that Windows 8 will play nice with the vast majority of products in the hardware/software/devices ecosystem built around the OS. After all, this is the winning recipe that Microsoft implemented for Windows 7, and Sinofsky is not likely to change a winning combination.
One month after general availability, there were no less than 9,000 loggo’d products for Windows 7
. This shows an incredible effort from Microsoft to prepare the ecosystem of hardware and software manufacturers to tailor their products to Windows 7, long ahead of GA on October 22nd, 2009. At the same time, Microsoft was urging developers in early 2009, when Windows 7 was still in Beta, to think ahead to Windows 8
, in the Windows 7 Client Software Logo Program Documentation.