Weekend SoundOff: What Should Microsoft Do Next For Windows That Lives Up To Ballmer’s Risky Comment

Like him, love him or hate him, Steve Ballmer is a lightning rod at times. According to a variety of reports, at a Gartner Symposium he was asked what Microsoft’s “riskiest product bet” was, and he answered the next version of Windows.

Well, that’s all well and good. It could be just hype, it could be paranoia, it could be a number of things. We’ve heard some, but not much about what’s being planned for Windows 8 and at the same symposium, Ballmer also left some tantalizing morsels on the table that some are construing as hints about a possible Windows Phone 7 Tablet. Whether or not that is true is open to speculation and that would certainly be classified as a risk. But who really knows at this point.

That’s where you come in, GBM Readers. What are your thoughts about where Microsoft should take Windows next? Think big, think small. But think. What does Microsoft need to do to move forward? You can focus on Tablets and mobile, or you can focus on the larger picture, but let’s hope we can see what your thoughts are here in the comments.