A first look at the new “Windows 8” user interface.
The whole point of Windows 8, which is just a codename, is to be one OS that’ll run on regular computers or on tablets.
So Windows 8 will run two kinds of applications:
- A standard Windows application
- An almost mobile-like app.
All apps can be viewed in this tile-based UI, which Josh from TIMN says is, “Very impressive.
It looks super fast.” You can totally see the Windows Phone influence on the interface, from the Live Tiles to the touch keyboard, which even has a “thumbs” mode.
The animations and gestures and multitasking are all pretty damn smooth looking, as you can see in this demo video (or you know, up top).
Microsoft’s official list of new features shown off:
• 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.
• Fully touch-optimized browsing, with all the power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10