1. The App StoreMicrosoft will reportedly feature an application marketplace in Windows 8. We'd like to see Microsoft provide details at WPC and show how it benefits channel partners. Considering Mac OS X Lion will support Apple's Mac App Store, and that OS is launching this month, now is the time for Microsoft to discuss its alternative.
Starting on July 10, Microsoft will be holding its 2011 Worldwide Partner Conference, an annual convention where the company's partners gather to learn more about where the software giant stands now, where it's headed, and how all those things might impact them. In past years, the Worldwide Partner Conference has been a hotspot for important Windows-related news, offered up mainly through Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's keynote address. This time around, Ballmer will be presenting the keynote, as well, and speculation abounds over what he might be discussing when he takes the stage. Ballmer is likely to focus some of his discussion on Windows 8. The next iteration in his company's operating system is widely anticipated among channel partners. Meanwhile, companies around the globe are left to wonder if they should hold off on deploying Windows 7 now and wait for Windows 8, or simply opt for Microsoft's current operating system. There are still many questions left unanswered about Windows 8. Here's what we'd like to learn about Windows 8 next week:
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