I really can't find the words to describe how Basic is going to change in Version 8. If I do my job right, you'll get the Ver 8 upgrade, run your programs and say "It looks exactly the same. What's the big deal?".
Then as you begin to use it you will notice how quick everything snaps into place. Since all Basic programs will be running on background threads, you'll find it impossible to lockup or slow down the UI no matter what your program is doing.
After looking through the updated manual, you will find lots of new operators. Finally you will be able to say i++ or --i, a += 5, and all the other great language features that I've encountered over the years. All this gives the language a feeling of openness and freedom that is hard to describe.
I have heard some people grumble that Mintoris Basic isn't any dialect of Basic they've ever encountered. I just smile and think "Yes, exactly‼". This is a new century and Basic (the common tongue of computer languages) needs to be fresh, open and powerful, not locked in a sacred 1982 stasis bubble.