Microsoft Windows 8 Features 'Fast, Fluid' UI: MWC
At the Windows 8 Consumer Preview at MWC, Microsoft execs demonstrated a UI likened to a "super-fancy cloud-connected modern clipboard."BARCELONA, Spain Microsoft launched the Windows 8 consumer previewthe next milestone of the Windows operating system, to the press at Mobile World Congress in a two-hour presentation in which Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows division, joined by other Microsoft executives, provided demonstrations of the touch interface and how the operating system functioned on a number of devices, including tablets, desktop PCs and notebooks, as well as next-generation Ultrabooks. The emphasis was on the fast and fluid nature of the interface, which uses the four corners of a notebooks screen to go from an application back to the "start" screen (bottom left) zoom (bottom right) switch between multiple applications (top left) or sharing functions (top right). With a mouse, you get a precise pointing device, but it is not great for gestures, explained vice president of Windows Web services Antoine Leblond. Corners make it really easy to move around the UI.
The "start" screen features applications as colorful tiles that users can rearrange, based on personal preferences, as well as zoom in or out with quick gestures. Users can switch between applications by flicking a finger to slide through them, or close an application by dragging it down off the screen. The UI allows applications to be placed side-by-side, and power management features in Windows 8 automatically park the app when it isnt in use. Sinofsky likened the UI to a super-fancy cloud-connected modern clipboard with a power profile more like a phone than a traditional PC.