First look at "Windows 8"

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  1. Terminator02
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    On Wednesday, Microsoft offered the first glimpse of Windows 8, a sneak peek reveals much about both the influences and strategic goals of the major overhaul of Microsoft’s 25-year-old operating system.

    The fundamental goal with the new operating system, which is being shown for the first time at D9, is to create something that is equally well at home on an 8-inch tablet as it is on a powerful desktop attached to a huge monitor.

    “It’s ‘no compromise’ and that’s really important to us,” Windows President Steven Sinofsky said in an interview with AllThingsD.

    At the heart of the new interface is a new start screen that draws heavily on the tile-based interface that Microsoft has used with Windows Phone 7. All of a user’s programs can be viewed as tiles and clicked on with a touch of a finger.

    Windows 8 essentially supports two kinds of applications. One is the classic Windows application, which runs in a desktop very similar to the Windows 7 desktop.

    The other type of application, which has to be written in HTML5 and javascript, looks more like a mobile application, filling the full screen. Internet Explorer 10, which is part of Windows 8, has already been configured to run in this mode, as have several widget-like apps for checking stock prices and weather.

    Although Microsoft didn’t offer any details, the start screen that it is showing on Wednesday includes a prominent link to a store, ostensibly confirming that Microsoft plans to get in the business of directly distributing Windows programs, much as Apple has on both the iPhone and Mac.

    Sinofsky noted that there were a few things that the iPad showed were missing from Windows–most notably a touch-first interface and an app distribution mechanism and new business model for developers.

    Windows 8, as the product is currently code-named, is designed to address all three of those issues, while preserving compatibility with decades of existing Windows programs.

    Although Windows 8 is clearly influenced by the iPad and other mobile devices, the plan for the new operating system has been in the works since Windows 7 shipped in July 2009–several months before the iPad was first shown.

    “We really did take a step back after Windows 7,” Sinofsky said. “We were clearly influenced ourselves by phones.”

    Microsoft has also done work with the classic Windows desktop to make it more touch friendly, including using a new kind of “fuzzy hit targeting” to adjust for the fact that fingers are far less precise than a mouse. The goal, says chief designer Julie Larson-Green, is that classic apps, though designed for a keyboard and mouse, work well with touch. Apps taking advantage of the new programming layer, she said, are designed for touch first, but also work well with a keyboard and mouse.

    Windows is growing more flexible in other ways. Microsoft said back in January that the next version of Windows would support ARM-based chips from Nvidia, Texas Instruments and Qualcomm, in addition to the traditional Windows processors from Intel and AMD. Though Sinofsky and Green used Intel-based machines for Wednesday’s demo at D, Microsoft plans to demonstrate some of the ARM-based designs later today at the Computex trade show in Taiwan.

    On a technical note, Sinofsky stressed that after decades of ever-increasing system requirements that characterized Windows releases through Vista, Microsoft is once again building an operating system that demands fewer resources than its predecessor–a trend started with Windows 7, which worked on all Vista-compatible systems.

    A key question is how well this new Windows will stack up against a new generation of “post-PC” devices running Android, Apple’s iOS and other operating systems.

    There are other unanswered questions as well, including just when Windows 8 will be ready. Sinofsky declined to say, but said Microsoft will have a lot more to say about Windows 8 at a developer conference in mid-September in Anaheim, Calif.[/p]
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  2. Nujui

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    Ehh.. It looks ok.
     
  3. Wombo Combo

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    Too soon should be at least a 4-5 year gap between operating system. Spend that time making it better.
     
  4. Nujui

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    Yeah, that too. Seems too soon to be releasing 8.
     
  5. Terminator02
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    they haven't even announced a release date how can you say that? they're just showing off what they're working on
     
  6. JoostinOnline

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    I feel like my new laptop is out of date already. [​IMG]

    I hope this is either fake (I know it's probably not) or they spend a few more years working on it.
     
  7. Slyakin

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    Oh man, are they REALLY focusing on tablets this time?

    They've gone the Nintendo route, riding on those cheap gimmicks. Might as well get me a new Mac, then.
     
  8. Wombo Combo

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    If they are showing off this much its release date is not far behind. They usually show off the tech around the time they are getting ready to release it. I'm going to say mid 2012.
     
  9. Windaga

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    It looks like a file viewing/app viewing system over Windows 7. It looks pretty slick and cool and all, but it looks like the kind of environment I'd want on my tablet, not my PC. Still though, it does look nice. I'd like to try it out, but I can't see myself switching from 7 to this. At least, not on my main computer.
     
  10. Ritsuki

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    I like my old desktop with icons and all.
     
  11. Coto

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    Seems beautiful, but I´m sticking with Windows 7
     
  12. Hydreigon

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    Meh. I rather keep my installation of Windows 7. This looks kinda complicated lol.
     
  13. Eckin

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    I JUST formated this machine to install Ultimate 7 64-bit

    ffs MS give me a break!
     
  14. Snailface

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    Everything seems really clean and fast but it doesn't seem like much can fit on the screen at once.
     
  15. Opium

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    The start widget interface looks okay for a tablet, but no way in hell you'd use that on a desktop. Nothing is within easy distance for a mouse click.
     
  16. 8BitWalugi

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    Woah. Give me a good old desktop any day please. That looks awkward as shit. :/
     
  17. raulpica

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    Just wait for MacOS X 11 or whatever will be called. It's no secret that Apple is going to fuse both OSes (iOS and MacOS) at some point, since most functionalities of Lion already give away that much.

    Microsoft is unsurprisingly going in the same direction. There's a high probablity that ARM will take over the desktop segment too, so they're going to be prepared for it, if that happens.
     
  18. soulx

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    It does look pretty nice. My only problem with it is that it's too touch-screen orientated. A mouse and keyboard wouldn't work too well while navigating that.

    Most companies don't upgrade to a newer version of an OS (Windows 7) until a newer OS is released. I'm sure Microsoft would like to speed up the process.

    Anyways, there's nothing wrong with releasing a new operating system soon.
     
  19. Lucifer666

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    Did anyone else mistake that for Kinect (Xbox) at the beginning?
    It looks beautiful, but EXTREMELY impractical and horrible to use.
    And I HATE the way you run old Windows apps, yuck. I hope they change that.
     
  20. BowlOfSpiders

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    Not going to be getting this. It's pointless unless you are using a tablet. It's just another addon for Vista.