Enterprise Mobility: Windows 8 First Glance Offered by Microsoft

 
 
By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-06-02
 
 
 

Tiles

Windows 8 features tiles that display more information than traditional icons.

Tiles

Start Screen

Windows 8s start screen offers a variety of quick-glance information, including (at least, based on this screen) time and date, and emails and conversations.

Start Screen

Touch-Sensitive

Microsoft plans to port Windows 8 onto a variety of devices, including the tablet and PC form factors.

Touch-Sensitive

Apps

Microsoft offered a glimpse of a few new applications at work, including this News one.

Apps

Horizontal

As with Windows Phone, the Windows 8 interface seems to emphasize a horizontal format, with the ability to scroll left or right to see new information.

Horizontal

Mouse and Keyboard

Windows 8s user interface is also navigable with the traditional mouse-and-keyboard configuration.

Mouse and Keyboard

Swiping

Here is a shot of Windows 8 finger-swiping in action.

Swiping

Multitasking

Windows 8 offers the ability to run multiple applications simultaneously.

Multitasking

Snap

Like Windows Vista and Windows 7, Windows 8 lets the user snap content to the sides of the screen—in this case, a secondary application running alongside the main one.

Snap

Apps

Here is an image of two Windows 8 applications running concurrently.

Apps

Web Cruising

In this shot, Internet Explorer 10 is operating on Windows 8 on a tablet.

Web Cruising

Virtual Keyboard

Here is an image of Windows 8s virtual keyboard (for tablets).

Virtual Keyboard

Ergonomic

For tablets, Windows 8s virtual keyboard can be configured into an ergonomic, thumbs-optimized format.

Ergonomic

Existing Apps

Windows 8 will also run existing Windows applications.

Existing Apps

File System

Despite the new tile-centric format, Windows 8 will also offer a robust file system.

File System

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