Microsoft reveals Windows 8 preview [Video]

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Yesterday Microsoft’s Windows and Windows Live President, Steven Sinofsky demonstrated the next generation of Windows, internally code named “Windows 8” for the first time at the D9 conference. The next generation of Windows comes with a complete new interface and with a new generation of touch-centric hardware. Its applications will be powered by HTML 5 and standard Javascript which would help developers to go through a new experience. Some of the new features that have been presented in the conference are:

  • 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.

Moreover in an interview with AllThingsD Microsoft revealed, “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 weather.” Again AllThingsD says that the next generation of Windows will support ARM- based chips from NvIndia, Texas Instruments and Qualcomm, in addition to the traditional Windows processors from Intel and AMD. Rest of the questions Microsoft declined to answer to AllThingsD but Microsoft has lot more reveal about the Windows 8 at a developer conference this September in Anaheim, Calif.

For more details see the Press Release.

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