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Steve Ballmer on Windows 8, “We still have a long way to go”

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has informed that the developer preview version of Windows 8 has received more than 500,000 downloads on the first day it was released.

Making a surprise appearance at the Microsoft BUILD developer conference, Ballmer was happy with the interest that the platform has generated among developers, but added that a lot of work was still needed.

“We still have a long way to go with Windows 8,” Ballmer said, informing that while the core operating system was finished, the company was still working on adding features to the platform and making it compatible with ARM.

Windows 8, which will be able to run on both tablets and desktop systems, will be launched by Microsoft in 2012. The platform will also be able to support both Intel and ARM processors. “It’s not going to be Intel or ARM. It’s going to be Intel and ARM”, he claimed.

Windows 8 is an entirely new platform with hardly any legacy apps. Microsoft will have to convince developers to start making apps for the platform before it launches for the public and that will be a hard thing to do because making apps only for Windows 8 will tie them to a single platform.