Amongst a variety of things discussed in the interview with Microsoft’s Chief Financial Officer Peter Klein, at the Internet Conference by Goldman Sachs analyst Heather Bellini,Windows 8 was not to be left far behind. According to a video posted by Microsoft, the interview mainly consisted of Q&A session.
Excerpts from the interview are as follows:
When asked of the motive behind Windows 8′s Metro UI Peter Klein stated,
Windows 8′s Metro interface will be part of Microsoft’s plans to bring that UI to other platforms. What we’re trying to do is develop a complete set of experiences across all device types, be they TV, tablets, PCs, phone, whatever. It’s unclear exactly what the ultimate device spectrum will be. In everything that we’re doing I think things have come together very nicely over the last couple of years.
He also mentioned of the experience of using Windows 8 would be same when used on either x86 or ARM-based hardware, however, there would be differences “on the margin” between the two products.
Another way that Microsoft plans to link its various products together is with its merger with Skype. During the conference, Klein stated, “Skype extends that across all of our assets, whether it’s with Lync in the enterprise, or with Xbox Live. It’s something that really ties together all of our devices, a scenario that’s as universal as any.”
Microsoft’s ability to fully integrate Skype with its other properties may have hit a roadblock , as its said that, Cisco yesterday had filed an appeal in the General Court of the European Union stating that, while it isn’t opposing Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype, it would like the approval of EU,also stating that, the purchase needs to be reviewed, with the possibility of new conditions being imposed.