Microsoft is working on its new Windows operating system.
Executives previewed the operating system yesterday at technology conferences in California and Taipei. Like other Windows versions, the system code-named Windows 8 will be able to run on traditional PCs and laptops. However, Microsoft is branching out with new touchscreen features designed specifically for tablet devices as the software giant tries to catch up with Apple’s popular iPad. Microsoft’s Windows President Steven Sinofsky did not announce a release date when he demoed the new operating system at the All Things Digital Conference in California yesterday. The general feeling in the industry is that it will come out sometime in the next 18 months. Sinofsky did say Microsoft is working to integrate recently acquired Internet phone service Skype into the new Windows operating system. He said more details would be released at a developers’ conference this September.