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Microsoft Shows First Look at Windows 8 Interface

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Windows 8 to be all touchy-feely.

Microsoft demonstrated at the D9 Conference the next generation of Windows that we've been referring to as “Windows 8,” for the first time. Interestingly, Microsoft is calling the next OS release as Windows 8 too, but that's just a code name for now.

The change in interface is pretty substantial for a desktop OS, so there could be a chance that Microsoft will want to call it something that's just "one more" than Windows 7. Microsoft said that this new release is a "reimagining of Windows, from the chip to the interface."

Windows 8 is meant to scale from touch-only small screens through to large screens, with or without a keyboard and mouse.

Microsoft has released a video showing its new touch interface that is clearly inspired by tablet and smartphone operating systems.

In the video below, Microsoft demonstrates the following new Windows 8 features:

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.

 Microsoft said that it will have more Windows 8 to show off at its BUILD developer event during Sept. 13 - 16 in Anaheim, Calif.

Microsoft Shows Building Windows 8 #1

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    stratplaya , June 2, 2011 4:24 PM
    I hope they'll have a version for adults.
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    reggieray , June 2, 2011 4:15 PM
    Oh look it's windows phone on a big screen, fail.
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    SpadeM , June 2, 2011 4:14 PM
    Last time i checked PCs use a mouse and keyboard to navigate so ... how is that UI supposed to "help" my productivity by turning my 24 inch LCD into basically a Phone screen? For a tablet/phone style device sure, touch it, rub it, lick it even if that's your cup of tea but I for one hope there's a second UI I can default too that looks just like the one in previous versions of windows.
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    techseven , June 2, 2011 4:07 PM
    I wonder if they use customer feedback and suggestions like when they developed Win7....
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    hellwig , June 2, 2011 4:11 PM
    Remember when XP came out, and they "simplified" the desktop by removing the standard links to My Computer, My Documents, etc..? This seems to be going in the exact opposite direction. I wonder if we will be able to turn this off and use a traditional desktop, or if we're stuck with this crap?
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    SpadeM , June 2, 2011 4:14 PM
    Last time i checked PCs use a mouse and keyboard to navigate so ... how is that UI supposed to "help" my productivity by turning my 24 inch LCD into basically a Phone screen? For a tablet/phone style device sure, touch it, rub it, lick it even if that's your cup of tea but I for one hope there's a second UI I can default too that looks just like the one in previous versions of windows.
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    reggieray , June 2, 2011 4:15 PM
    Oh look it's windows phone on a big screen, fail.
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    sceen311 , June 2, 2011 4:16 PM
    cool, so I can upgrade to windows 7 and have it last for several years to come then.
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    molo9000 , June 2, 2011 4:17 PM
    Microsoft's marketing is so horrible.... and has been for years.
    The interface looks good for tablets, but I really don't see how this could work well on desktops.

    btw: they are apparently going to drop BIOS support (UEFI only now), which is going to piss off a lot of people with old motherboards.
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    stratplaya , June 2, 2011 4:24 PM
    I hope they'll have a version for adults.
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    sykozis , June 2, 2011 4:33 PM
    molo9000Microsoft's marketing is so horrible.... and has been for years.The interface looks good for tablets, but I really don't see how this could work well on desktops.btw: they are apparently going to drop BIOS support (UEFI only now), which is going to piss off a lot of people with old motherboards.

    Steve Ballmer might want to start deciding what his next career will be then. Stockholders are going to be pissed when it doesn't sell due to lack of support for, I dunno, most of the PC market... I for one, refuse to build a new system just because Microsoft thinks my 9 month old computer is obsolete....
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    felipex , June 2, 2011 4:34 PM
    I've a 24'' widescreen monitor and I use all my applications in maximized state. Be it Inkscape, Visual Studio, Sharp Develop, or MPLayer. The thing I need most is a good app switcher. That's why I'm more productive when using Ubuntu + Compiz with the Cube switcher. MS has come with a great way to switch applications that may rival "the cube". Using mouse gestures can replicate most of the touch interfacing... I think that if they manage to bring a great user experience in both desktop + mouse and touchscreen devices of many different sizes they will have a winning solution. Why wouldn't you have a cell or a tablet that works as great and in an almost identical fashion to your desktop OS? No need to learn things anew, etc. I know people that haven't switched to Windows 7 because they don't like the new start menu... They want the "classic"... Retrograde people should refrain from using computers!
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    jahmekan , June 2, 2011 4:37 PM
    Oh god, please let me get into the beta again! I loved Win 7 and I am so looking forward to win 8.
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    frozenlead , June 2, 2011 4:40 PM
    What's up with the random music starting and stopping?

    I agree with others here, though - turning my desktop into a phone screen is not an efficient use of large (even multiple) monitors. I hope this is turns out similar to Windows Media Center (which I've used like...once).
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    servarus , June 2, 2011 4:41 PM
    I look nice. Though, this is just a start. I wonder what's next?
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    kancaras , June 2, 2011 4:50 PM
    The biggest feature in windows for me is that i have small taskbar at the bottom and few shortcuts. This way i can SEE all my running apps and SWITCH to them very quickly. Either through quicklaunch, app tabs or start menu. Touchpads are only gona get useful when they will support 3D and will be in the air, for now its just retro mouse with one button, only with your finger.
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    ZyxMEvEuuxcZ , June 2, 2011 4:53 PM
    frozenleadWhat's up with the random music starting and stopping?

    Its from video file running in background of W8
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    clonazepam , June 2, 2011 4:54 PM
    techsevenI wonder if they use customer feedback and suggestions like when they developed Win7....


    No they don't. I submitted a suggestion and got a response that they don't accept suggestions for future products and said my idea was returned "unread".
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    captaincharisma , June 2, 2011 4:57 PM
    it looks more like this will be a separate UI like windows media center. if there is a public beta that will be coming out i will be deinetly giving it a try
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , June 2, 2011 5:02 PM
    Looks like it'll be good for tablets, but like everyone else is asking what about regular desktops. Come on is Microsoft friggin kidding? What is wrong with Ballmer?
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    Prey , June 2, 2011 5:03 PM
    Ubuntu and wine FTW!!!!
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