Some of our discussion pointsFirst, let's watch a little video from Microsoft, teasing the Windows 8 user interface. And here's the .
What is Win 8? A whole new OS?
Why is it important? Isn't Windows 7 pretty good?
When do we get it? What about system requirements?
How important is the slick UI of Windows 8?
How difficult will the UI change be for consumers, and in the enterprise?
Let's talk about Microsoft's monolithic OS strategy: One operating system for tablets and phones. It's a different strategy from Apple and Google. How does the monolithic OS strategy affect timing, developer relationships, etc.?
Microsoft says that Windows 8 touch apps will work great with a mouse, and that the OS will do the UI translation necessary. Will that work?
Discuss Steven Sinofsky, his background, and why he's right or wrong person to lead this charge.
Why did Microsoft's first foray into tablets fail?
Discuss the "gang of four" that Eric Schmidt laid out at D9. What was Schmidt doing with that statement?
How much is Apple driving consumer expectations. How can Microsoft respond?
Is Android's flexibility a blessing or a curse?
Let's handicap WebOS and RIM in this battle.
How will Windows 8 do? Can it win the third place in the tablet OS wars, after iOS and Android?