Steve Ballmer, speaking at a lunch at Houston Technology Centre (not to be confused with the other HTC), emphasised the importance of mobile and tablet-based systems to Microsoft’s future development, and said that the (desktop) Windows of 2016 will be very different to that of today.
Ballmer said the operating system found on more than 90 percent of today’s PCs will evolve to become something very different in the next five years.
Those changes will be driven by such innovations as sophisticated smart phones and tablet computers.
Windows â€œwill look a lot different and it will run different applicationsâ€ than it does now, Ballmer told a crowd of business leaders at Union Square in Minute Maid Park. With these innovations, â€œWill Windows five years from now look like it does today? Of course not!â€
Nothing exactly concrete there, but the Metro UI and its clean, typography-rather-than-chrome design language has generally been very well received; can we hope, perhaps, to one day be seeing something that looks like Metro on our desktops?