Couple of weeks after showing the ARM-based version of Windows 8 and Intel’s half-baked retaliation, Microsoft chose the D9 Conference to demonstrate the Windows 8 user interface for the PC. Windows 8 UI shows that Microsoft followed the trend of their excellent mobile UIs such as Zune and Windows Phone 7, replacing the conventional Windows Start Menu with customizable tile-based Start Screen.
Bear in mind that Microsoft hasn’t comitted to the name "Windows 8", since the company is still saying "Next Generation of Windows", but we’re seeing more and more communication from Microsoft which puts Windows 8 in quotation marks… while some documents don’t have those quotation marks. In any case, we’ll know soon enough.
Julie Larson-Green, Corporate VP and President of Windows Experience stated that even though the interface looks quite futuristic, users will still have access to traditional applications such as Windows Explorer and Desktop. The UI has been redesigned in order to scale from a small multi-touch display on a tablet to large desktop displays.
This is the list of some aspects of the new UI (according to Microsoft):
- Fast launching of apps from a tile-based Start screen, which replaces the Windows Start menu
- Start screen features 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.
All in all, it looks to us that Microsoft has seriously raised the user interface game not just for personal computers such as Macs, Linux and windows machines, but computational devices as a whole. Without further adue, you can look at the first video here: