What does Microsoft have up its sleeve for Windows 8? Details are scant, but for the first time since Microsoft released Windows 7 (July 2009) proof Microsoft is busy prepping its next OS is surfacing on the Web. As tablets and "the cloud" continue to de-emphasize the traditional desktop OS, Microsoft really can't afford to rest on its Windows 7 laurels.
The era of cellphones, tablets, the cloud, and even gaming appear to be figuring strongly into Microsoft's thinking for Windows 8. From what I can piece together Microsoft appears to be mixing the best of many of its products and services into one streamlined computing experience called Windows 8.
Here are eight things about Windows 8 I culled from the Web that hint to what might see in the final release.