Microsoft intends to unveil its new tablet-tailored Windows 8 design by the end of its fiscal year in June, according to an inside source at the company. The continued dominance of the iPad seems to be influencing the design of the new OS, however, as the source told Business Insider that Microsoft is taking “a more Apple-like approach to the interface design this time around,” in addition to using certain elements taken from the “Metro” interface from Windows Phone 7.
Using parts of the “Metro” interface is just another chapter in Microsoft’s continued adaptation of its previous concepts. “Metro” itself was originally adapted from the Media Center UI that shipped with Windows XP back in 2004; it was changed to be used with touch controls as opposed to a remote control from a distance.
The prediction of a June announcement of Windows 8 for tablets closely resembles previous speculation, but it doesn’t jive entirely. ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley recently reported that Microsoft passed the “Milestone 2” internal marking point for Windows 8, which would put its “Milestone 3” somewhere around the end of July (about a month after the start of its 2012 fiscal year begins), based on the company’s previous schedules. With Windows 7, Microsoft followed its “Milestone 3” with a public announcement of the operating system at the Professional Developers’ Conference in 2008, with the release of the OS coming roughly a year later.
Source: Business Insider