The first official preview of Windows 8, the forthcoming major iteration of the Windows client, is here.
Microsoft demonstrated the next generation of Windows, internally code-named “Windows 8” at both D9 and Computex events, with a focus on the flavor of the operating system designed for emerging form factors, such as slates or Tablet PCs.
Make sure to watch the video embedded at the bottom of this article, and get an idea of what the Windows 8 tablet experience will be like when the platform is released next year.
“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,” revealed Julie Larson-Green, corporate vice president, Windows Experience.
“The demo showed some of the ways we’ve reimagined the interface for a new generation of touch-centric hardware. Fast, fluid and dynamic, the experience has been transformed while keeping the power, flexibility and connectivity of Windows intact.”
So essentially, the video embedded below features a demo of the new Windows 8 graphical user interface, but also so much more.
Before any actual details from Microsoft, the next generation NUI + GUI for Windows 8 was referred to as MoSH (Modern Shell) or Immersive UI.
Larson-Green made no references to the codename or codenames for Windows 8’s UI, but it’s clear from the video that what Microsoft went for is a seamless synergy of natural user interface and graphical user interface.
This is the future as far as I’m concerned, namely UIs that are tailored to the natural user interaction models (in this case multi-touch) rather than old input devices such as the keyboard or mouse.
At the same time, Larson-Green notes that the software giant will continue to support keyboards and mice, even with its NUI + GUI design.
What’s more important to note is that the Windows 8 demos today are focused on tablets, but there will be more traditional releases of the platform designed for computers and existing form factors, which will feature a look and feel related to the current UI style of Windows.
I knew windows 8 would be different but i wasn't expecting this. This is simply awesome!
The Immersive browser is much more than i had imagined. All i can think about is public testing... Any confirmed dates?
If this is how Windows will look, I'm switching to Linux. I want a desktop OS not a big WP7. I hope they have an option to switch to the original Win UI, or Win7 will become the new XP.
Comment #5.1 by: mugo on 02 Jun 2011, 07:55 GMT
From the windows 8 preview at computex, it's going to be possible to switch between the immersive ui and the normal windows ui. It looks like users will also be able to view these two ui's side by side.
Comment #5.2 by: Marius Oiaga on 02 Jun 2011, 08:00 GMT
This is just Windows 8 for tablets. Fear not! A more traditional Windows UI will also be included.
Comment #6 by: chetandear on 02 Jun 2011, 07:55 UTC
As usually great, but unpolished ideas, like that video playing. In 7 you can also set up WMP to be on the top and play, (unlike in 8, where it takes half of the screen), but only at one space in taskbar, with other players you can set up size and placement anywhere, like MPC without menus, just the window.
A very brave move for Microsoft. Everyone has been slating them for so long for not moving with the times that it's a shock to see that they finally listened. I must admit that I like my current desktop and I bet there's plenty of people who are gonna take years to be willing to move over but it's a step in the right direction. For the first time in years, it seems Microsoft might be one step beyond Apple! (if they manage to pull it off that is!)
The gr8 window ever; whole thing has been given new touch ,stylish design and eye candy looks with ease of launching a service ;specially start button that was amazing .the whole windows 8 looks superb at this stage.
hope that it will also be the best in other features also, specially in security and performance as compare to previous versions.
me along with billions of windows user eagerly waiting for the launch of windows 8 ,and experience it.
Comment #13 by: larryalobo on 05 Jun 2011, 22:54 UTC
Great direction for Microsoft - this is the first step - wait for Windows 9 & 10 - now they can integrate computers, tablets, phone, home, office, enteretainment, vehicles, etc. even more and better - we'll see how and where they go
Comment #14 by: markhoyt57 on 04 Aug 2011, 15:22 UTC
I like the way that it looks. I am not sure that it will be easy for people to switch over to a completely different GUI like this on a computer. I think that it would be harder as a touchscreen, but that is what this is best for. What I am trying to say is a computer with a touchscreen keyboard is a lot of trouble. I myself would have a problem because I am a programmer. It would really be a pain to use a touchscreen keyboard. Of course if this is optional I guess you can use it when you want to and when you dont that is fine too. I hope it is completely optional though. For me I just cant imagine doing a spreadsheet with a touchscreen. also what about right click and left click? I love the way it works, I think that it is brilliant. I just hope that users don't find it too difficult to go to a completely different GUI. If you think I'm crazy just look at al of the people and businesses that do not want to move away from Windows XP Pro. Great OS of course, those are jst my concerns
There are a lot of things wrong with this, it is feature overload - it does not work simply, this is Vista waiting to happen all over again. Also the real advantage Windows has is in recognizition ( speech and handwriting) controlsd and tools - the pen functions looks gutted.