Microsoft Shows Windows 8 Preview

Finally Microsoft has published an official video of Windows 8 at D9 conference showing the new user interface and lots of new features introduced in Windows 8.

According to Microsoft, Windows 8 is a reimagining of Windows, from the chip to the interface. A Windows 8-based PC is really a new kind of device, one that scales from touch-only small screens through to large screens, with or without a keyboard and mouse.

Here are a few aspects of the new interface:

  • 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.

Although the new user interface is designed and optimized for touch, it works equally well with a mouse and keyboard.

Windows 8 apps use the power of HTML5, tapping into the native capabilities of Windows using standard JavaScript and HTML to deliver new kinds of experiences. These new Windows 8 apps are full-screen and touch-optimized, and they easily integrate with the capabilities of the new Windows user interface.

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.

The video below introduces a few of the basic elements of the new user interface:

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  • I really hope they make an option to disable that lame tile interface because it wasn't a good idea for a phone and it definitely is not a good idea for a full fledged computer. Based on this I am definitely going to stay on windows 7 for a long time.

  • Yeah, it seems nice but this really doesn't seem to be made with desktop users in mind. It also doesn't feel professional/powerful enough. They definitely need to put some more work into this... I'd like to see them actually remember that this is windows, and implement some old windows features into the new UI. But if they're going to use that new UI, I hope that seeing the old UI means they just aren't done yet.

  • Not buying windows 8 sad GUI
    wheres the Taskbar and the normal desktop its to phone stlye :/
    i see my self making the swutch to mac
    no aero :(

  • Windows 8 is awesome!

  • Awww... replacing the Start menu?

  • AWESOME!!!!!!!!

  • i hav another concern...
    though so reliable and easy and fast, wat about security?????? windows 8 also hace to b secured too (not with the ughh UAC) using a newer security feature (innovation)

    sry for bad english

  • i hope windows 8 will be easy for hackers to cr**k! lol.

  • Uh-oh,looks like another new pc or a serious upgrade coming soon.

  • might not be buying this...too much like phone os......sad face...

  • I agree with many others that, while this user interface may be good and work well on tablets/touch screens, I couldn't see it work well on a normal PC with a keyboard and a mouse.
    The double-UI thing with both this new interface and the 'classic' Windows interface also seems a bit weird. Either you have a taskbar or you do not have a taskbar, you don't just have a taskbar somtetimes.

    Compare this to, say KDE's netbook interface, which works great with a keyboard and a mouse while also seeming very touch-friendly.

  • wow

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