Enterprise Mobility: Windows 8 First Glance Offered by Microsoft

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-06-02 Print this article Print


Windows 8 features tiles that display more information than traditional icons.
Microsoft whipped away the curtain from its next version of Windows, code-named "Windows 8, at the Computex 2011 show in Taipei and the D:All Things Digital Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. At Computex, Microsoft launched a technical demonstration of how the next-generation operating system will work on both x86 and ARM-based architectures. "This represents a fundamental shift in Windows design that we haven't attempted since the days of Windows 95, presenting huge opportunities for our hardware partners to innovate with new PC designs, Mike Angiulo, corporate vice president of Windows planning, hardware and PC ecosystem at Microsoft, told the audience at Computex. At first glance, Windows 8 appears to embrace a user interface familiar to anyone who's seen Windows Phone or played around with many of the tablets on the market. The emphasis is on colorful, touchable tiles stuffed with active information. Users can swipe fingers back and forth to rotate through applications or view new information, and input using a virtual keyboard. Unlike tablets currently on the market, though, users can also navigate with a keyboard and mouse, and access the underlying file system. Microsoft is offering no specific guidance for Windows 8's release, but current rumors pin the shelf date as sometime later in 2012.
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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