NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Microsoft's (MSFT) next generation of Windows, named Windows 8, is scheduled for release sometime next year. Pre-launch excitement is building and demand for the new generation interface, designed and optimized for touch, is solid. The preview build of Windows 8 itself has been downloaded more than 500,000 times by eager beavers during the preview launch week.Microsoft announced that Windows 8 would run not only on Intel chips, but also on ARM-based ones. This could benefit ARM companies, which, otherwise, were not so popular and were shut out of the PC market as compared to the monopoly of traditional "Wintel." As an increasing number device manufacturers use the low-power processors to run mobile devices, the ARM processor has seen a revival in interest over the past few years.