Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer is considering the next version of Windows as the riskiest product bet by the Redmond company, according to a Mary-Jo Foley report.
Windows 8, or Windows vNext as Microsoft would prefer it, is for the most part a great unknown.
In the post-Longhorn/Vista era, the software giant is extremely careful with the details it shares about Windows operating systems still in planning or in development.
The public should expect Windows 8 to be treated no differently from Windows 7, and some might still recall that Microsoft only started revealing information on the successor of Windows Vista quite late in the development process, when the feature set was all but set in stone.
However, every once in a while, there are glimpses into what exactly is coming, and the small comment from Steve Ballmer is exactly this.
Ballmer is not discussing a roadmap, features, capabilities, etc., he’s simply stating that out of all Microsoft products planned over the next years, Windows 8 is the riskiest bet.