Windows 8 In Full View
As I expected, Microsoft not only released new details of Windows 8 at its Build Conference, but also gave out working code to developers.
As the sneak peak screen shots that have kicked around for months demonstrate, Windows 8 is probably the most radical Microsoft OS change since the move from DOS to Windows.
Win 8 looks more like a phone or tablet OS than is does a PC operating system. In fact, for those of you that use Windows Phone 7 (there must be at least a couple of you out there) Win 8 will look very familiar.
Windows 8 will also run on a new range of ARM-driven devices, but not all older x86 apps will necessarily follow. Instead a new class of apps will be built mainly in HTML5. These apps are referred to a "Metro-style", as opposed to existing x86 programs which are now as they have always been called "desktop apps." It's nice to see Microsoft using an older, well-understood term rather than inventing new nomenclature.
Metro apps can be driven by pen or touch, and the interface is scaled down just as with a smartphone.
Are you ready for a new interface? Your thoughts welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Doug Barney on 09/14/2011 at 9:59 AM