Windows 8 Gets a Radical Facelift and Touch Functionality

Curious what the next version of Windows will look like? Well, now you can see a few screenshots captured at the D9 Conference. Microsoft Windows president, Steven Sinofsky, explains that Windows 8 will bring a unified interface across devices and form factors and leverage Web technologies (i.e. HTML5, Javascript) for interactive apps and widgets. The most notable changes to the OS are its use of mosaic tiles, like those currently found in Windows Phone 7, snap UI elements, and touch controls throughout. It’s easy to see now how Windows 8 can be an OS for both desktops and slates. What do you think? Like the new direction?

A preview of what’s new in Windows 8:

  • 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.
  • Web-connected and Web-powered apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript that have access to the full power of the PC.
  • Fully touch-optimized browsing, with all the power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10.



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2 Reactions to “Windows 8 Gets a Radical Facelift and Touch Functionality”

  1. SOLD! I will take one beta copy now please!

  2. But does it support cut and paste, and Sync? – or is this just another example of microsoft releasing less functionality than its existing versions – like Windows Mobile 7?