Thursday, June 2, 2011

Windows 8 is Coming! And Will Run on Multiple Devices

Barry Levine, Wednesday, Microsoft demonstrated the next generation of its venerable operating system, which is expected to be launched next year.
But it may not be called Windows 8. In a posting on the company blog, corporate Vice President Julie Larson-Green noted that Windows 8 is the internal code name, and Microsoft is reimagining Windows "from the chip to the interface."
Small To Large Screens
She also noted that the next Windows will be applicable across a wide range of devices, from "touch-only small screens through to large screens, with or without a keyboard and mouse."
The demonstration was at the Computex trade show in Taipei, Taiwan. New approaches include a tile-based Start screen to launch apps, rather than the Windows Start menu. Live tiles show notifications, with up-to-date information from the apps. In a demonstration video released online by Microsoft, Windows User Experience Program Manager Jensen Harris said tiles are better than icons at showing the "personality" of apps.
A "snap" function allows a user to move one app partially onto the screen, leaving another one running in a dynamic window on the rest of the screen, as an aid to multitasking. The operating system can handle online-connected apps created in HTML5 and JavaScript. And in addition to running the kind of apps found on smartphones, the OS is optimized for touch-based interaction.
The company has also learned key lessons from previous major upgrades, in which customers often had to buy new machines and new applications. Although the company has said the OS has been reimagined at every level -- the kernel, networking, storage, devices, user interface -- Larson-Green said there is full compatibility with existing Windows 7 PCs, software and peripherals.
Microsoft said Windows 8 will run on a wide range of machines with the same system requirements or lower as Windows 7, and the user interface will automatically adapt to the available hardware.


  1. Oh...great...right when I get 7.

    Also, I've been away for a while, but now I'm back! Just leaving this little "P.S." to blogs I enjoy and want to know that I'm still here!

  2. Ahh nice, I recently heard about this.

    I'm thinking it's just Microsoft begging for more money, and I think they should be making video games and anti-steve-jobs propaganda instead.

  3. I'm pretty happy with 7 to be honest but this does look quite nice.

  4. I've heard a few rumors about Win 8, not sure if I'm liking what I hear so far.

  5. Let's just hope they don't screw it up.

  6. im content with windows 7 :P

  7. I think I'll stick with 7. Win 8 looks like it's mainly tailored for touch devices.

  8. Meh, I will stick with Debian.

  9. Hopefully its not as disappointing as Vista was :P