Microsoft had tremendous success with Windows 7 after flop show of Windows Vista. Now is the time to take it forward to next level. Microsoft revealed preview of one-for-all Windows 8 in D9 conference on 1st June.
The picture above shows the updated tile-based start screen for fast launching of the apps which reminds you of Windows Phone 7.
The demo showed some of the ways they’ve re-imagined the interface for a new generation of touch-centric hardware. Fast, fluid and dynamic, the experience has been transformed while keeping the power, flexibility and connectivity of Windows intact.
Most important and impressive update is Windows 8 is also optimized for touch devices like tablets, smartphones etc. It means same OS can be used for smartphone and desktops, tablets and large screens used for presentations.
Although the new user interface is designed and optimized for touch, it works equally well with a mouse and keyboard.
Windows 8 will be launched with Internet Explorer 10. Microsoft promised that it will adhere to most of the web standards and faster than its predecessor.
Here are a few aspects of the new interface you might find interesting:
- 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.
Here is the video that introduces some of the basic elements of Windows 8. We will publish more updates about Windows 8 progress as we receive it from Microsoft.