Microsoft demos Windows 8 – A first look at the new “Windows 8” User Interface (UI)

Yesterday, at the D9 Conference, Microsoft demonstrated the next generation of Windows, internally code-named “Windows 8,” for the first time. Windows 8 is a reimagining of Windows, from the chip to the interface. A Windows 8-based PC is really a new kind of device, one that scales from touch-only small screens through to large screens, with or without a keyboard and mouse.

Some aspects of the new interface demoed includes:
– 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.

Fast, fluid and dynamic, the experience has been transformed while keeping the power, flexibility and connectivity of Windows intact.

In a Microsoft Presspass;

Although the new user interface is designed and optimized for touch, it works equally well with a mouse and keyboard. Our approach means no compromises — you get to use whatever kind of device you prefer, with peripherals you choose, to run the apps you love. This is sure to inspire a new generation of hardware and software development, improving the experience for PC users around the world.

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