‘What’s New in Windows 8’ – A sneak preview
Today, Microsoft previewed next version of its Windows OS, codenamed ‘Windows 8’ at the MS partner preview event at Computex 2011 in Taipei. Windows 8 is basically a touch based OS with all apps optimized for touch devices like tablets and touch PCs but works equally on desktops, laptops and netbooks. Windows 8 has just one version and will be able to run on wide range of machines because it has same system requirements.
Windows 8 Preview gave an insight on the innovation and features implemented in new OS. Here are few aspects of the new interface in Windows 8 as shared by MS:
- Fast launching of apps from a tile-based Start screen, which replaces the Windows Start menu with a customizable, scalable full-screen view of apps.
- Live tiles with notifications, showing always up-to-date information from your apps.
- Fluid, natural switching between running apps.
- Convenient ability to snap and resize an app to the side of the screen, so you can really multitask using the capabilities of Windows.
- Fully touch-optimized browsing, with all the power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10.
Windows 8 is not just about Touch PCs –
And this isn’t just about touch PCs. The new Windows experience will ultimately be powered by application and device developers around the world — one experience across a tremendous variety of PCs. The user interface and new apps will work with or without a keyboard and mouse on a broad range of screen sizes and pixel densities, from small slates to laptops, desktops, all-in-ones, and even classroom-sized displays. Hundreds of millions of PCs will run the new Windows 8 user interface. This breadth of hardware choice is unique to Windows and central to how we see Windows evolving.
Check the Windows 8 Demonstration video that showcases a few of the basic elements of the new Win8 UI. MS is working very hard to get its next generation OS ready for early testing. They’re going to reveal much more and share their progress on Windows 8 at a developer event, BUILD in Anaheim, California the week of September 13–16.