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.
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.
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.
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.