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Thursday, 02 June 2011 09:37

Windows 8 formally introduced

Written by Fuad Abazovic
microsoft

Runs Word on ARM platform + Video
Microsoft has decided to show of its first version of Windows 8 and a short video shows that the new OS can pose some nice competition to Android tablet OS in the future.

Windows 8 is going to run on ARM cores including Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and Nvidia Tegra 2 and we are quite sure that Samsung's ARM cores should be able to run it. In case it chooses to do so, even Apple should be able to run Windows on its A5 and future chips, but this will be between Microsoft and Apple. Theoretically it's possible with a leap of faith.

The 5 minute video shows a touch screen oriented video and the first thing that Director of Product management of Windows User Experience Jensen Harris shares with us is that icons are replaced by  tiles. Jensen just tells us that "tiles are better than icons, they have a little more space to show its personality" and can tell you a lot of details about the weather today, including temperature, without having to open it.

HTML 5 and Java script are the languages behind it and Microsoft hopes to see a lot of apps. The apps are created for touch but mouse and keyboard will open them just fine. After all there are still a lot of people who are not comfortable with grease on their monitors.

The demo works pretty fast but we don’t know the exact hardware. The demo shows a big list of running applications.

A new feature called Snap will let you to run two apps on the same screen at the same time, and you can change the size of one or the other. We must admit it looks pretty neat.

Internet Explorer 10 is touchscreen optimised and of course it should have no problems running flash. The keyboard Microsoft demonstrated looks a lot like the one you see on Windows 7 phone OS and Zune players.

The new thing is the thumb keyboard, that will help you type with your thumbs while holding your tablet. This was a big problem in the past as with a normal touch keyboard as you could not type while holding a tablet, e.g. in a train or plane.

Windows 8 will also run existing apps but we guess that this is the case for X86 version of Windows 8, especially seeing how Intel will do anything necessary to keep ARM alliance from running its X86 compatible applications. We will ask around about this.

Windows 8 runs on excising PCs, touch screen slates, tablets, X86, ARM, but there are still many foggy details including minimal specs and capability to run old apps on ARM.

You can see the video here.


Fuad Abazovic

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+9 #1 Kryojenix 2011-06-02 10:49
re: running Win8 on Apple - it's a funny thing that whenever I try to tell Apple evangelisers that I don't want to switch to Mac because I want to keep running certain Win-only software, they immediately start telling me about how I'll be fine and I can keep using Windows through Boot Camp ... seems a rather expensive way to run Windows to me! (nb - just my little anecdote, not commenting on what the writers have said here)
 
 
+4 #2 fed44 2011-06-02 12:11
Microsoft I applaud you, that UI looks like it will be just as impressive as WP7 and finally we'll see a decent competitor in the Tablet market that will undoubtedly be fierce competition to Apples stuff.

I am also happy to hear that you aren't locking it down like WP7 and I hope you reconsider your WP7 strategies soon!
 
 
0 #3 PorscheRacer14 2011-06-02 13:59
Well I can tell you right now it'll be locked down in ARM versions. Less problems that way, more secure. You'll be using authorized apps, not programs. The PC version will use full executable/exploitable programs. The underlying OS will be more secure though than in the past, but since Microsoft hasn't talked about it, neither can I.
 
 
+3 #4 TechHog 2011-06-02 18:24
Quoting Kryojenix:
re: running Win8 on Apple - it's a funny thing that whenever I try to tell Apple evangelisers that I don't want to switch to Mac because I want to keep running certain Win-only software, they immediately start telling me about how I'll be fine and I can keep using Windows through Boot Camp ... seems a rather expensive way to run Windows to me! (nb - just my little anecdote, not commenting on what the writers have said here)

They tell you that because they "know" that you'll fall in love with OS X and become ONE OF THEM! ONE OF THEM! ONE OF THEM! They want everyone they know to use a Mac.
 
 
0 #5 yourma2000 2011-06-04 21:02
It just seems to be something to keep all of the tablet/Windows 7 fans quiet, hopefully it won't replace Windows 7 as a desktop standard and forefront gaming OS, I'd rather let "Windows 9" do that instead
 

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