Will Windows 8 Blue Tiled Interface Bury the Old Desktop Paradigm?
A leaked update for Windows 8 hints that Microsoft will be pushing its touch-friendly tiled user interface at the expense of the traditional desktop view.In the wake of the big Windows 8 Blue leak during the weekend of March 24, technology experts are wondering if familiar elements like the taskbar and desktop icons are being retired from Microsoft's software ecosystem. Do Windows 8 Blue's tweaks, many of which target Windows 8's touch-friendly tiled interface, spell the demise of the desktop view that has come to define the Windows experience since the release of Windows 95? Given the explosive and seemingly unstoppable popularity of computing slates—a market dominated by rivals such as Apple and to a lesser extent Google via its Android mobile OS—Microsoft has reason to push Windows into a more tablet-friendly direction. In the Blue upgrade for Windows 8, industry watchers are seeing evidence that Microsoft is distancing itself from the desktop. In his "hands-on" experience with the leaked Windows 8 Blue build that he wrote about for his Supersite for Windows blog, Paul Thurrott, noticed that PC Setting items have been brought to the fore. Users won't have to delve into the desktop view to access their control panel widgets.
“All the action in this build is in PC settings, and if you were looking for any further proof the desktop being eased out going forward, look no further than this,” Thurrott wrote in his blog. “As noted in the previous report, there are a ton of new settings in there now, including many items that were previously only available in the desktop-based Control Panel Interface," he wrote.