Yes, some chatter in the world IT community now highlight the OS is the successor of Windows 7. "What are the innovations that Microsoft is doing? How it looks," called a few questions back and forth.
2012 International Consumer Electronic Show in January in Las Vegas, United States also will be a momentum for Microsoft to further heat the issues surrounding Windows 8.
Quoted from Tom's Hardware, on Monday (5/12/2011), Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said will go directly to the CES 2012 in order to stage a demonstration.
Well, after public curiosity peaked - or a month later in February - Microsoft is believed to be Windows 8 beta release to the public.
Even so, it does not mean Windows 8 will come officially on the market at the beginning of the year. Because, after the beta, users still have to wait several more months to wait for the version of 'almost finished' aka Release to Manufacturing (RTM) in the range of June.
Until finally the latest OS will actually land on computers and mobile devices in the 2012 holiday season arrives.