Microsoft Officially Unveils Windows 8

Microsoft previewed its new under-development operating system Windows 8. That moment came yesterday when Microsoft officially unveiled the OS at D9 conference held by AllThingsD. Windows 8 is an upgrade over Windows 7 and packs some radically different features than any of the previous Windows OSes.

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Windows 8 sports a new user interface (UI) which is designed and optimised for touch and is similar to Windows Phone 7 (WP7). The new touch interface is designed such that it can work seamlessly on PC, laptop or a tablet device. Also the new UI replaces the iconic Windows Start Menu with WP7-style tile menu. But, the Start Menu is visible when an application is launched.

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A new multi-tasking interface was also show-cased that’s more or less pane-based. It allows the ability to snap and resize an app to the side of the screen. 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 to desktops.

Microsoft also talked about the kind of apps that will run on Windows 8. The Windows 8 applications can be built using HTML5 and JavaScript. The traditional Windows apps can also be built using existing APIs. “Windows 8 apps can use a broad set of new libraries and controls, designed for fluid interaction and seamless connectivity. Apps can add new capabilities to Windows and to other apps, connecting with one another through the new interface”, says Julie Larson-Green, Corporate Vice President, Windows Experience.

We will surely get to hear more about Windows 8 in the coming months. In the meantime, you can watch this video showing few of the basic elements of the new user interface.

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