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June 1, 2011 // 9:07 pm - Today Microsoft has unveiled the upcoming Windows 8 Operating System at the D9 conference where a preview of the new OS was demonstrated.

The UI has changed considerably now being similar to Windows Phone 7's Metro UI, and those interested can check out the video below alongside the official Microsoft press release.

Press Release: REDMOND, Wash. - June 1, 2011 - Today, at the D9 Conference, we demonstrated the next generation of Windows, internally code-named "Windows 8," for the first time. 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.

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.

Here are a few aspects of the new interface we showed today:

• 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.

We also showed effortless movement between existing Windows programs and new Windows 8 apps. The full capabilities of Windows continue to be available to you, including the Windows Explorer and Desktop, as does compatibility with all Windows 7 logo PCs, software and peripherals.

Although the new user interface is designed and optimized for touch, it works equally well with a mouse and keyboard. Our approach means no compromises – you get to use whatever kind of device you prefer, with peripherals you choose, to run the apps you love. This is sure to inspire a new generation of hardware and software development, improving the experience for PC users around the world.

Today, we also talked a bit about how developers will build apps for the new system. Windows 8 apps use the power of HTML5, tapping into the native capabilities of Windows using standard JavaScript and HTML to deliver new kinds of experiences.

These new Windows 8 apps are full-screen and touch-optimized, and they easily integrate with the capabilities of the new Windows user interface. There's much more to the platform, capabilities and tools than we showed today.

We are excited to bring an innovative new platform and tools to developers and see how their creativity jumpstarts a new generation of apps. Windows 8 apps can use a broad set of new libraries and controls, designed for fluid interaction and seamless connectivity.

Apps can add new capabilities to Windows and to other apps, connecting with one another through the new interface. For example, we showed today how a developer can extend the file picker control to enable picking from their own app content or from within another Windows 8 app, in addition to the local file system and the network. We're just getting started.

And this isn't just about touch PCs. The new Windows experience will ultimately be powered by application and device developers around the world – one experience across a tremendous variety of PCs. The user interface and new apps will work with or without a keyboard and mouse on a broad range of screen sizes and pixel densities, from small slates to laptops, desktops, all-in-ones, and even classroom-sized displays. Hundreds of millions of PCs will run the new Windows 8 user interface. This breadth of hardware choice is unique to Windows and central to how we see Windows evolving.

The video below introduces a few of the basic elements of the new user interface. Although we have much more to reveal at our developer event, BUILD (Sept. 13 - 16 in Anaheim, Calif.), we're excited to share our progress with you.

Today's demonstration followed our announcements earlier this year about Windows 8 running on System on a Chip (SoC) processors, and our browser engine innovations and significantly increased standards support in Internet Explorer 10.

Windows 8 extends these innovations and reimagines every level of the Windows architecture – the kernel, networking, storage, devices, user interface – all building on the broadest and richest ecosystem of software, peripherals and devices.

We have so much more on the way! We're working very hard to get the product ready for early testing, and we plan to kick off our engineering dialogue through our team blog, just as we did for Windows 7.

So please stay tuned – we have a lot of cool innovation coming in the months ahead.

By Julie Larson-Green
Corporate Vice President, Windows Experience

Video: Microsoft Unveils Windows 8 OS at D9 Conference

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#17 - Kraken - June 2, 2011 // 10:53 pm
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Looks a lot like Media Center to me. A whole bunch of optional eyecandy that is basically non-functional, but you will try once because it looks cool. When they showed Office with a traditional desktop I knew it wasn't going to be that huge of a disaster though. There is no real reason for normal users to upgrade though, so they will probably find some way to gimp Windows 7; similar to how directx 10 didn't work on XP to force people into Vista.

#16 - daveribz - June 2, 2011 // 8:30 pm
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"It will run anything!" That's what I love about Windows and Linux; openess, interoperability and compatibilty! Go away Apple the patent troll!

#15 - barrybarryk - June 2, 2011 // 6:54 pm
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1. I have the alpha so I know I'm not wrong. The OS is for desktops, laptops and tablets (hence the ARM port) but the start screen is optional and very very obviously heavily optimised as a touch solution for where there's no physical keyboard.

2. The OS isn't due out until late next year, this isn't even the first new feature we've seen there's also an 'app store' and god knows what else being implemented, but don't rubbish an entire OS because you have no use for one optional feature.

#14 - Sayargh - June 2, 2011 // 6:45 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by barrybarryk View Post
its not for your desktop genius its for tablets, if your use a regular pc you can turn it off!
1. The video says it is for tablets, desktops and laptops so you are wrong, genius.

2. What's the point of Windows 8 for regular PCs then? If its no different to Windows 7 why would I upgrade?! Which btw, is most people who would install Windows 8.

#13 - PS4 News - June 2, 2011 // 6:13 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by barrybarryk View Post
you can turn the interface or "start screen" off it's only a front end for tablets and folks that want to use it, there's a proper windows desktop underneath (seems identical to 7 at the minute with an 'app store').

That's good to know, it will make the transition a lot more comfortable.. especially for those who aren't into touchscreens. +Rep!

#12 - daveshooter - June 2, 2011 // 2:54 pm
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Agree above but Horses for courses they say. I'm an Xp user mainly, and not a lover of vista or win7, so with this new OS coming soon I thought I would at least see what all the fuss is about.

The front end reminds me of the 360, so no tick there, and with the unneeded flashing eye candy its just to much for what I need.
Although its not an issue I'm just set in my ways with how I have my desktop, so looking at it from a main computer point of view its just not feasible.

On the other hand, I can see this new OS open doors for more developers and like to create more apps, and when touch screen TV's become more ready available then it may become a great media OS using dual monitors giving you the options to remote control if needed.

#11 - kablooey - June 2, 2011 // 2:33 pm
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What a crap! Always from Microsoft.

#10 - barrybarryk - June 2, 2011 // 1:18 pm
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its not for your desktop genius its for tablets, if your use a regular pc you can turn it off!

#9 - Sayargh - June 2, 2011 // 1:03 pm
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wow, I hate that, I'm not interested in this at all. Microsoft disabled comments and ratings on that video - I wonder why.

Why the heck would I want to use what is essentially the Mobile Phone version of Windows on my desktop?

#8 - barrybarryk - June 2, 2011 // 12:33 pm
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you can turn the interface or "start screen" off it's only a front end for tablets and folks that want to use it, there's a proper windows desktop underneath (seems identical to 7 at the minute with an 'app store'). Looks like a great addition for tablet users since windows 7 is terrible on tablets. I'll still be waiting for some decent reasons to upgrade my win 7 desktops and laptop to win 8 as there really aren't any revealed yet.