Thursday, June 2, 2011

Microsoft shows off Windows 8

Microsoft just gave us a sneak peak of Windows 8 in a video.

Overall, the new version, which is codenamed Windows 8 looks very much like Windows Phone 7. The interface is tile-based. There are HTML5 apps and a lot more. What we have been shown until now seems to be a complete redesign for the most popular operating system on this planet. It doesn't even look like Windows anymore for the most part.

More details and video inside.
The UI appears to have been redesigned mainly to make it more tablet- and touch-oriented. There are smooth animations and fluidity, which reminds me of something that you would see on a computer in a futuristic sci-fi flick.

The new design is all about basically having a touch-oriented user interface along with the normal Windows UI. The video intro shows a Windows 7 like interface running with the new UI, and you see MS Office running, with a Windows 8 app running alongside. We aren't sure how that will work, but I'm sure that it'll become clear later on. This is a very early look at the new interface.

This new version of Windows was first revealed in the AllThingsD D9 conference.

Windows 8 will have a personalized "Start screen" for the user. After you log in, you will see a tiled interface showing you the stuff you want to see. This includes your apps, the weather, your emails, and more.

Windows 8 will come with Internet Explorer 10 initially. It is a revamped version of Microsoft's proprietary web browser, made for touchscreens. Windows 8 also has a virtual keyboard. This looks similar to the kind of keyboards we see on most tablets. But there is a special, 'thumbs-only' mode too, which is seen in Microsoft's video.

You can check out other details in the video embedded below.

Stay tuned for more Windows 8 updates.