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Windows 8 Has an 'Immersive' UI Browsing Mode

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 43 comments

As we saw with the Windows 8 welcome screen, Microsoft is taking cues from its mobile OS Windows Phone 7 in the design of its next big desktop OS.

WinSuperSite now has some images showing a new Internet Explorer-powered UI mode that is being referred to as "Immersive." A big clue to what the Immersive UI will be like is Internet Explorer, which takes on a look that's much like the IE Mobile browser in Windows Phone.

The Internet Explorer Immersive mode in current builds is locked to a view that is at 640x480, indicating its not-yet-finished state. It's likely that this UI and browsing mode is meant for touch-based form factors, such as a tablet.

The browser software works, and has features such as browser history implemented and executed in ways very similar to Windows Phone 7.

Discuss more about this and other Windows 8 features here!

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    crinkdude , April 6, 2011 5:37 AM
    Windows phone for PC
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    memadmax , April 6, 2011 5:38 AM
    Ok, but, isn't that what "Ease of Access" for?

    And why would anyone need that on a desktop, except for people that are already using "Ease of Access"??????
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    m0j0j0j0 , April 6, 2011 6:14 AM
    crinkdudeWindows phone for PC


    lol just what everyone wants!!!!

    i wonder if it will support copy/paste in the initial release, or just add the feature later like windows phone 7
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    ascorbic , April 6, 2011 6:23 AM
    I'm still on XP and I consider it very immersive
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    joytech22 , April 6, 2011 6:27 AM
    I don't want Microsoft to bring a Mobile experience to a x86 platform, unless they plan on using it for mobile or simple devices such as a first-computer owner or something to place in the kitchen to check recipes.

    I like having a lot of things in a OS to play with, Bring on particle effects and fancy 3D screensavers with lots of eyecandy and awesome animations for menus.

    Computers have the power, now bring on the effects.
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    TopGun , April 6, 2011 6:48 AM
    When is Windows 8 supposed to be coming out? Will it make the price of Windows 7 go down when it does?
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    Anonymous , April 6, 2011 6:54 AM
    Did Microsoft get into trouble before for integrating it's browser with it's OS? Now they are trying to integrate their search engine with their OS. I guess they want to get spanked again.
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    PreferLinux , April 6, 2011 7:17 AM
    joytech22I don't want Microsoft to bring a Mobile experience to a x86 platform, unless they plan on using it for mobile or simple devices such as a first-computer owner or something to place in the kitchen to check recipes.I like having a lot of things in a OS to play with, Bring on particle effects and fancy 3D screensavers with lots of eyecandy and awesome animations for menus.Computers have the power, now bring on the effects.

    Linux has all that and more!
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    ascorbic , April 6, 2011 7:17 AM
    The new strategy is....take your PC with you everywhere!
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    back_by_demand , April 6, 2011 7:21 AM
    crinkdudeWindows phone for PC

    You mean how iOS is iPhone for tablets?
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    Pherule , April 6, 2011 8:45 AM
    Toms why the hell do you have to make a 450x338 pixel image 788 freakin' kilobytes? Some of us have limited bandwidth, you realize?

    I've seen images almost ten times the dimensions with greater clarity to boot, and they were under 200 KB. Learn to use JPG. PNG's are just too large, and the quality difference is negligible.

    Sorry about being off topic but someone had to say it.
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    ThisIsMe , April 6, 2011 8:47 AM
    OK... so for real now.

    Either all this stuff is for greater usability on a tablet or UMPC device, which is probably a good idea if they plan to get a bigger market share and actually make a splash in that area, or this is all just an April Fool's joke that hasn't died yet, or these are features of Windows Phone 8 and not Windows 8.

    Although I suppose there could also soon be a Windows Tablet 8 just as there is a Windows Phone 7 right now.
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    gruntlord6 , April 6, 2011 10:21 AM
    m0j0j0j0lol just what everyone wants!!!!i wonder if it will support copy/paste in the initial release, or just add the feature later like windows phone 7

    Or apple IOS, its not like microsoft was the only one who did that......
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    Anonymous , April 6, 2011 11:04 AM
    This is exactly what Microsoft need to do, bring their OS to the Various small form factor mobile platforms that are booming, I am looking forward to my WIN 8 Tablet with its optimized Mobile OS whilst having a similar connected experience on my much more customizable powerful desktop!

    I like where Microsoft is going, they are looking to the future and preparing relevant products!, remember, this will be running on ARM, come people what a choice, and don't worry, the Traditional Desktop will not suffer or get cut down, Microsoft are not looking to Move markets to Mobile, their Mainstay is the Desktop OS and Office products, followed by Server business products! They are looking at adding a scalable mobile OS for the massive emerging mobile market to get a piece of the action there, and if they don't get it right, they will decline in the OS department for sure!
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    lamorpa , April 6, 2011 12:26 PM
    m0j0j0j0i wonder if it will support copy/paste in the initial release, or just add the feature later like windows phone 7

    and iOS (which took a lot longer)
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    fayzaan , April 6, 2011 1:29 PM
    PreferLinuxLinux has all that and more!


    Linux..ahh yes, the O/S where you'd be entering command lines just to call someone! yea, thats what we all need!
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    crinkdude , April 6, 2011 2:02 PM
    fayzaanLinux..ahh yes, the O/S where you'd be entering command lines just to call someone! yea, thats what we all need!

    :p 
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    of the way , April 6, 2011 2:06 PM
    Nothing that's been reported about Windows 8 so far has made it seem like it will actually be for desktops.
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    lamorpa , April 6, 2011 2:20 PM
    fayzaanLinux..ahh yes, the O/S where you'd be entering command lines just to call someone! yea, thats what we all need!

    How were you able to post this comment from back in 1979? The Internet didn't even exist then.
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    hannibal , April 6, 2011 3:05 PM
    TopGunWhen is Windows 8 supposed to be coming out? Will it make the price of Windows 7 go down when it does?


    No it will not affect the price of win7... Why would it? Win 7 didn't have any affect on winxp prices.
    I am not sure of the release date, but it has been rumoured to come out late 2012 or early 2013. It seems to be more about cloud computing and mobile solution, so it is hard to say how much it will affect desktop installations.
    Most propably win 8 should be better scaling alternative to win 7. Something from mobile solutions to desktop installations. If and when there will be allso ARM-compatible version of win8, it is interesting to see how Nvidia can come back to busines with their arm+gpu solutions vs intel cpu+gpu and Amd cpu+gpu that are based older PC architecture. It should increase competition at least!
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