Windows 8 Revealed…Looks a Bit Familiar…

For any who were following the Steve Sinofsky technical preview of what’s coming in Windows 8, you may have noticed a trend emerging. Microsoft has been shifting their products and services to the Metro paradigm for a few years, but until now, the interface made famous by Zune and more recently Windows Phone never made it to Microsoft’s flagship product–Windows.

At the AllThings D9 conference earlier today, Steve Sinofsky had the unfortunate detriment to sit down with known anti-Microsoft “journalist” Walt Mossberg. His snarky comments and inappropriate questions not just today, but over the past few years is both insulting and disrespectful to the Microsoft guys who are just doing their jobs to create a product that end-users enjoy, but i digress…

Sinofsky traversed through the interview with Mossberg to give us a glimpse of where Windows is heading and it’s very similar to what you may see on your Windows Phone, Media Center PC or Zune device everyday. A live-tiled interface will act as the start screen for Windows 8 and lends itself nicely to tablet and other handheld computing devices. As you can see from the picture below, Windows 8’s tablet interface uses grids of live tiles to bring to the forefront the things most users really care about. And for those of you that may be worried, the classic Windows Desktop is still underneath all of that, so you can just as easily switch between the two if or when it may be necessary.

Windows 8 is covered much more extensively on Windows8News, but I figured I’d share just a bit of what we saw earlier today at AllThings D9 and where Microsoft is heading regarding the future of handheld computing and how the Windows desktop OS may eventually effect our everyday computing. If you’d like to read more about the future of Windows and even see a brief, but interesting, demo of Windows 8 in action, see below. As always, for much more detailed information about the next version of Windows, tune into

Subscribe & Connect

Share This Post: 

Subscribe to our e-mail newsletter for updates:

, , , ,

2 Responses to Windows 8 Revealed…Looks a Bit Familiar…

  1. Mikey June 2, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    Sooooooo……. this is also the PC Windows 8 version that they are making right now? :O (not just for tablets?)

    • Jason June 2, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

      Correct, this is going to be the Windows 8 that is on all form factors. You will have the choice of using this tiled UI or the classic Windows 7-style desktop.

Leave a Reply