As we approach PDC 2008 this coming Monday, the speculation about what Microsoft is planning to present at this years conference is reaching an intensity. The hot topics of course are Windows 7, Office 14 and Microsoft’s Cloud OS. CNET’s Ina Fried is making some early speculation about information concerning Windows 7’s support on the new notebook form factor called Netbooks, which are miniature laptops, small screen, keyboard preloaded with either Windows XP or Linux. That’s probably the disadvantage for Microsoft right now, Netbooks are not running Windows Vista because it requires more memory and processing power than what is available in a Netbook, not to mention hard disk space. An ASUS CEO said in an interview recently that his Company will have Windows 7 on a future version of the Eee PC in the second half of 2009 with Touch capabilities.
Here is what Ina Fried has to say:
Quote: The trend toward the small, cheap notebooks has not been lost on the software maker, however. When the topic turns to Windows 7 at the Professional Developers Conference next week, I would expect the software maker to talk about an operating system that can run well on all manner of laptops, including the ultra-low-end.
It’s just one of many topics expected to come up at the conference, which takes place in downtown Los Angeles next week.
Ina also talks about Microsoft Office 14, the next version of Microsoft’s productivity suite which will be presented not given to developers. The rumor is, it will finally run in the browser.
Quote: Day two will also feature talk of Office 14, the next version of Office, with sources saying that the company will show off some features, including its ability to run inside a Web browser.
This is all speculation of course, but what an exciting possibility and major threat to potential competitors Google and Yahoo!’s Zoho. Its about time, I’m sure it will be as cut down in functionality as Outlook Web Access and still require Office 14 on the hard disk for more advanced features. But for for the road warrior, this should come in quite handy. I assume it will either be a choice between on premise or paid for service through Microsoft or one of its partners if it turns out to be true.
Stay tuned, I will be scorering the web Monday and Tuesday for all the great info on PDC 2008.