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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.

Win 8 also offers a new development paradigm (Redmond just loves to change its development paradigms, doesn't it?), with many new apps to be written in XAML, HTML 5 or JavaScript. Hard core apps, though, I'm sure will be built the old fashioned way. Hey, look how long it's taking to get developers to move from VB to C#!

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 dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 09/14/2011 at 1:18 PM


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Reader Comments:

Mon, Sep 19, 2011 Robert Maryland

Clearly the person complaining about changes fails to understand a new UI is critical for touch screens. As for the changes the old interfaces are still available if you want them.

Thu, Sep 15, 2011 Headshots Los Angeles http://www.laphotospot.com

I really thought Microsoft was being left behind. Ipad and Android where making all the advances. But it looks like Microsoft was busy working on their comeback. With Windows 8 it looks like they are still in the game. I'm looking forward to seeing it in person...whenever it finally comes out.

Thu, Sep 15, 2011 Jo Miami

Microsoft is on the right track. Just as humans evolve, software has to evolve. A perfect system without fixes and patches will probably never be created but that should not stop us from moving ahead.

Wed, Sep 14, 2011

I'm sick of new interfaces. I have a lot to support and quite frankly in the business world - these constant changes do nothing but slow everyone down. Everytime you get comfortable with a product, an OS, etc - the rug is pulled out from underneath you and a lot of the times it's change for changes sake. Give us a break. The stuff you have out there doesn't work right and requires constant updates and your in a big rush to release new products for the damn money. I think it borders on disgraceful. Whether you're in IT or on the user side - people just don't have the time to relearn products at this rate. It's just nuts.

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