|Microsoft's radical new touch-based desktop and tablet operating system, Windows 8, is due out this year.|
Keep in mind that the Windows 8 liftoff has in fact already begun. Last week Microsoft formally rolled out a "release preview" of the product, probably the final riff before the full code is released -- I am guessing sometime in October. Don't bother downloading and/or installing it. Much more interesting for markets, anyway, is the roughly 11,000-word (honestly it might be longer) blog post by Jensen Harris, director of program management for the company, called "Creating the Windows 8 user experience." Here the beastly truth of what investors are facing is clear: This company is utterly and totally invested in the principles behind Windows 8, no matter what anybody thinks. No traditional "Windows" layout, a focus on touch-controlled technology and the ability to work for PCs, tablets and other devices. That means there will be no backing down from this offering. And no New Coke, Microsoft Kin, here-today, gone-tomorrow investor bailout if things go south. In short, Redmond is committed to 8. It's do or die with this product. Yikes!