Windows 8 UI Shown At D9 Conference

  • 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.

At the heart of the new interface is a new start screen that draws heavily on
the tile-based interface that Microsoft has used with Windows Phone 7. All of a
user’s programs can be viewed as tiles and clicked on with a touch of a finger.

Windows 8 essentially supports two kinds of applications. One is the classic
Windows application, which runs in a desktop very similar to the Windows 7

The other type of application, which has to be written in HTML5 and
Javascript, looks more like a mobile application, filling the full screen.
Internet Explorer 10, which is part of Windows 8, has already been configured to
run in this mode, as have several widget-like apps for checking stock prices and


Source: All things D

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