Microsoft reveals new Windows 8 user interface

By Tom Warren, on 1st Jun 11 10:57 pm with 140 Comments

Windows 8 start UI

Microsoft’s Windows chief, Steven Sinofsky, took to the stage at All Things Digital’s D9 conference on Wednesday.

Sinofsky unveiled a taste of Windows 8 to the world, devices running Windows 8′s new user interface. Microsoft revealed a number of details of its new interface for Windows 8 to All Things Digital. Windows 8 supports two types of applications, classic desktop Windows apps and HTML5 web apps. Windows 8′s new interface uses Internet Explorer 10 as the heart to power several widget style applications for checking the weather, stocks etc. Microsoft’s new start screen includes easy touch icons to allow users of touch based devices to easily navigate Windows.

“We really did take a step back after Windows 7,” Sinofsky said to All Things Digital. “We were clearly influenced ourselves by phones.” Microsoft has also improved its classic Windows desktop look and feel to enable users to touch it more easily. The company wants classic applications, designed for mice and keyboard input, to work well with touch.

Windows 8 weather widget

WinRumors has previously written about Microsoft’s Immersive tablet experience. The UI (see screenshots) will be driven by Microsoft’s Metro based design language. Microsoft will include a new application model codenamed “Jupiter” that will allow developers to create web based applications, deployed as AppX packages (.appx). The packages will be part of a new Windows application store, pre-installed with Windows 8.

Sinfosky also revealed that Windows 8 will not require any additional hardware requirements above and beyond Windows 7. The operating system will run on both Intel and ARM chips. The company is calling it Windows 8 for now but considered a number of codenames, including Firestorm. Microsoft is also implementing live tiles inside Windows 8, similar to the company’s Windows Phone 7 operating system. Judging by the demonstration video (embedded below) the interface appears to seamlessly interact with legacy applications. One audience member at D9 asked if the new user interface was simply just “another layer” on top of Windows. Sinofsky explained that it’s always there in the background, “it’s just part of the way that it works,” he said. Sinofsky refused to say when Windows 8 would be available but said “I can tell you it won’t be this fall.”

Microsoft summarized the main elements of its new user interface:

  • 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.

Microsoft also announced its new BUILD developer conference, kicking off in September. WinRumors will be live from BUILD to bring you all the latest on Windows 8. It’s an exciting six months ahead so stay tuned.

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  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Not quite sure how running programs would work on that

    • GP007

      That’s basically the WP7 start screen, or the desktop I figure running apps will show up somewhere but they haven’t shown that yet, have to see it in motion.

    • http://www.winrumors.com Tom W

      It’s fully integrated into the legacy UI. Check out the video :)

    • http://www.winrumors.com Tom W

      It’s fully integrated into the legacy UI. Check out the video :)

  • Ninjamonk

    wow is all i can say xD

  • Jard

    GREAT !!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1558310463 Niko Glogowski

    wow!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1558310463 Niko Glogowski

    wow!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1558310463 Niko Glogowski

    wow!

  • Seb

    Want to see MORE!! :)

  • Seb

    Want to see MORE!! :)

  • Seb

    Want to see MORE!! :)

  • http://twitter.com/ArturoRyes Arturo Ryes

    I like this for a tablet but not for my laptop or desktop computer… the idea of widgets is awesome they should mix it with part of the current win7 interface which is really good.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder how the zune will look like with windows 8 on a tablet or slate?

    • http://www.winrumors.com Tom W

      Interesting there’s no mention of Zune.

    • Anonymous

      But they have been using the Zune brand alot at Computex though, but in their displays and even in last nights presentation, which i found weird.

    • Anonymous

      But they have been using the Zune brand alot at Computex though, but in their displays and even in last nights presentation, which i found weird.

    • http://twitter.com/karlcramer Karl Cramer

      Zune name doesn’t show up in Windows Phone 7 either until you start digging into the Music + Video hub. I suspect it’ll be the same here.

    • Guest

      I would not worry about it. I think it is just too early to tell… I suppose, Microsoft wants to focus on “important” things first. Personally – I expect that Windows Media Player will be gone and will be replaced completely by Zune. Even now you can watch videos and/or listen to your music collection in Zune. Plus Zune would add more cool online features to the overall user experience. Instead of WMP.

    • http://www.facebook.com/carlcamera Carl Camera

      Apple isn’t selling many iPods these days either.

    • HeatherL

      WTF!!!!!!!!!!

      Last quarter = 9.02 million iPods 

      Go ahead a me a fanboy but please stop being an idiot

    • http://www.facebook.com/carlcamera Carl Camera

      Thank you HeatherL for pointing that out and for being so civil about it. :-)  Yes 9 million is “a lot” of ipods. But still, the market for dedicated music players is declining (the 9.02M number you metion is a drop of 17% for Apple.) and sales peaked about a year ago. Why the decline?  My guess: the market is saturated and folks are using their phones/ipads (with an A) instead.  As a business, should Microsoft continue to invest into dedicated music player hardware when both those factors are prevalent — saturated market and declining sales? Instead, as a business, perhaps Microsoft should de-emphasize the dedicated hardware player and instead focus on the music service being streamed to phones?  Sorry Tom for hijacking this thread; the article is about Windows 8 not Zune.

    • HeatherL

      I was civil considering how idiotic your statement was… the ipad was a transitional product to the iPhone and iPad.   It is an example of a forward looking business model where the company creates the next product that will make the original one obsolete.  

      And your next idiotic statement regrading MS maybe de-emphasize dedicated hardware player… They already have:

      MS PR:
       ALL consumer electronics products have a lifespan, and the Zune HD is 18mo old. We were completely frank about this year’s Zune hardware being the WP7 phones,”   .

      SOOO NO MORE NEW ZUNE HARDWARE… Carl you seem like a smart guy but stop talking about things you know nothing about.  

    • xzz

      50 million ipads in 2010, 28 million for frist 2 qtr in 2011…Carl you must be drunk on the mango Kool-aid or just not very intelligent.  

    • http://www.facebook.com/carlcamera Carl Camera

      ipods with an “O.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/carlcamera Carl Camera

      ipods with an “O.”

    • xzz

      50 million ipOds in 2010, 28 million for frist 2 qtr in 2011…Carl you must be drunk on the mango Kool-aid or just not very intelligent.  (I still learning to type well on my WP7)

    • StarDevelopment

      Apple sells more Ipods in 10 days then MS sales WP7 for the whole qtr!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    ok looks good. But hows this different from WP7. Is Microsoft branding it as Windows 8 to charge more for it?

    • http://about.me/abhinavk Abhinav Kumar

      Yes it is Windows 8.

    • TryllZ

      Windows 8 but the tablet version, not hte actual desktop version, actual version will appear later…but I still LOVE it..M$ can easily rule the tablet world with this..

    • http://about.me/abhinavk Abhinav Kumar

      There is no tablet/desktop version. This is THE Windows 8 (it’ll come with both the UIs and the default UI will be based on the form-factor of the device).

    • http://about.me/abhinavk Abhinav Kumar

      Yes it is Windows 8.

    • Henry Lu

      It’s for both tablets and PCs. And you can run everything you run on your computer on tablets. So there’ll be less of that syncing crap, and you’ll actually be able to use tablets as independent machines.

    • http://twitter.com/Wheezle211 Wheezle

      Err it’s different in that it’s a completely different product running on a completely different codebase with very little in common with WP7 other than the design language.

      You seriously have to ask this?

  • Anonymous

    I am so buying one of these!

  • zzz

    MY GOD, IT LOOKS AWESOME YET VERY FUNCTIONAL!

    They should add pen interface for some models. I will get one of those! Heck, I will buy two!

    • Anonymous

      Definitely they need to make a pen interface.

    • http://www.flavors.me/fludlyt Fludlyt

      A pen interface + a tablet view for OneNote would be great for lectures.

  • zzz

    MY GOD, IT LOOKS AWESOME YET VERY FUNCTIONAL!

    They should add pen interface for some models. I will get one of those! Heck, I will buy two!

  • zzz

    MY GOD, IT LOOKS AWESOME YET VERY FUNCTIONAL!

    They should add pen interface for some models. I will get one of those! Heck, I will buy two!

  • jimy

    If this is the actual desktop ui, please kill me… this is great for tablets not desktop. also even if you can go to a classic windows look it bet they will of put no work into making it better than windows 7.

    • Anonymous

      You can use what ever one you want. If you have something like the Samsung slider you can use full desktop when you keyboard is “out” and tablet UI when it’s hidden. Microsoft just knocked it out of the ballpark imo.

    • Anonymous

      You can use what ever one you want. If you have something like the Samsung slider you can use full desktop when you keyboard is “out” and tablet UI when it’s hidden. Microsoft just knocked it out of the ballpark imo.

    • Anonymous

      You can use what ever one you want. If you have something like the Samsung slider you can use full desktop when you keyboard is “out” and tablet UI when it’s hidden. Microsoft just knocked it out of the ballpark imo.

    • Anonymous

      Agree that this is great for tablet but did you see that you can also go to your classic work style view? Also i do think that they are briging their game to Windows 8 in the old UI sense… i mean i day trade and by the looks of the UI this looks like it’s going to be awesome. Sometimes i just want a peace of information from a website and then i need to browse for information and this demonstrated this beautifully. 

    • http://twitter.com/jamvng James Ng

      keep in mind they only showed the Tablet UI today..that was the focus.. They did not talk about underlying features of Windows 8, of which I’m sure there are many. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/caywen Kevin Hsu

    It takes a lot for Microsoft to convince people they are serious, but it looks like sh*t is about to get real.

  • Anonymous

    holy cow!!

  • Anonymous

    holy cow!!

  • Anonymous

    holy cow!!

  • http://twitter.com/jimmyfal Jimmy Fallon

    Somebody please put the crosshairs on MossJobs..

  • http://twitter.com/jimmyfal Jimmy Fallon

    Somebody please put the crosshairs on MossJobs..

  • http://twitter.com/jimmyfal Jimmy Fallon

    Somebody please put the crosshairs on MossJobs..

  • http://twitter.com/kenobeano Keno Butler

    WINNNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Areaserved69

    This is how a tablet can replace a laptop… the iPad camp should get worried, this looks vey cool!

  • http://twitter.com/leonzandman Leon Zandman

    I wonder why that Music tile in the Windows 8 screenshot has different dimensions than the other tiles. It looks like it was Photoshopped…

    • Anonymous

      The dimensions looks the same to me.

      On WP7 the music tile is a 1/2 tile, but when one pins an artist to the start screen it gets pinned as a full tile it looks to me as if the music tile is a “full tile” where they have one half that shows “previous artist” like on WP7, and then they use the other half to show various artists in the collection.

    • Anonymous

      The dimensions looks the same to me.

      On WP7 the music tile is a 1/2 tile, but when one pins an artist to the start screen it gets pinned as a full tile it looks to me as if the music tile is a “full tile” where they have one half that shows “previous artist” like on WP7, and then they use the other half to show various artists in the collection.

  • http://techvirtuoso.com Michael Stanclift

    I take back what I said previously about Microsoft not being sexy. I think I’d give up my iPhone & iPad for a Mango Phone and Windows 8 Slate

  • Anonymous

    Won’t apps be easily pirated on tablet if machine isn’t locked down? It’s like getting an Android tablet that’s rooted already!

  • Jon

    Love the look of it.

    But they need to change the aero design of the win7 part. It doesn’t fit well with the new metro look.They need to make it look more like Zune software does now. For example change the top left of the window to make it fit better. Also change the start menu (for win7 part) to look more metro. Then it would be perfect.

    Another thing, how do you swap through programs if you dont have touch screen. Will Windows + Tab change it?

  • Jon

    Love the look of it.

    But they need to change the aero design of the win7 part. It doesn’t fit well with the new metro look.They need to make it look more like Zune software does now. For example change the top left of the window to make it fit better. Also change the start menu (for win7 part) to look more metro. Then it would be perfect.

    Another thing, how do you swap through programs if you dont have touch screen. Will Windows + Tab change it?

    • Anonymous

      its in the video, swiping you finger in from the edge of the screen is like pressing alt+tab

    • Anonymous

      That’s what I thought too. The “classic” view (when he switches to Microsoft Office) looks very outdated. Maybe a new Metro theme would do it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Simon-Paul/12449401 Simon Paul

      ^ya, I’m hoping they re-skin the standard desktop UI to better fit the overall look. From the previously leaked versions of Win8 it looked like there were some hints of that. Modeling after the Zune software is definitely a perfect way to go. It would keep the traditional controls and layout that people are used to, but freshen it up with the new UI look and feel which is brilliantly minimal I might add!

  • phil jay

    shitty backwardscompability…

  • phil jay

    shitty backwardscompability…

  • http://twitter.com/kenobeano Keno Butler

    ribbon UI in windows explorer

    • http://www.flavors.me/fludlyt Fludlyt

      I noticed that, it looks better than the leaked screenshots because the ribbon ui is in compact view by default. I can see its usefulness being that the ribbon is context sensitive.

    • Anonymous

      i noticed that too. anyway, i installed win8 in an old comp i has, since i dont have a screen i could do that. and it feels nice, and then you can minimize it, and it feels still good, even though i use most of the time keyboard still i wanted to use it and it didn’t bad at all. faster to do stuff if you dont use keyboard.

  • Anonymous

    First of all, I absolutely love this UI for tablets. I think it looks amazing and is extremely intuitive.

    That said, I don’t like it for PCs for laptops unless they’re touch-based. From everything I read and watched in regards to the D9 interview and demonstration, it appears that this is the starting location for PCs and laptops. I seriously hope they’re not dumb enough to not allow us to change it so the desktop is the default location and you don’t even have to bother with the tile interface for PCs and laptops.

    I’m also not a fan of reverting back to the classic interface whenever you open a more traditional application, like the Office suite. I had hoped they would have created a dedicated tablet interface for Office instead of simply throwing you back into the traditional interface — I can see that becoming incredibly confusing for beginner and intermediate-level users. I think you need to go all-in with the interface on tablets — having it revert to the old interface isn’t helping anyone.

    I’m also somewhat concerned that the question of start up time was blatantly dodged during the interview. Tablets shouldn’t have a lengthy start-up. Similarly, the requirement of an anti-virus for a tablet is also disconcerting. No virtualization on tablets is another somewhat alarming area, but I’m sure they’ll find something to address that.

    All that said, I absolutely love the interface. They just need to be more consistent, which has been a problem with Windows for quite a while now. I know it may sound like I’m being overly critical, but I think these are major concerns that need to be addressed. This could be a legitimate OS revolution, though, I have no doubt about that.

    • Anonymous

      Windows 7 already boots in less then 10 seconds on some computers, and even though I don’t know an android or Ipad tablet, based on my experieces with Ipod and Android, actually booting those operating systems take a LOOONG time. What mobiles are quick at is waking up, and Windows is fast at that aswell.

      That combined with them showing of an ultra portable laptop with 10 days of “standby” time at Computex takes away any reasons to worry about this. Atleast imo.

    • Anonymous

      “On some computers” isn’t tablets, it’s a deflection and your way of saying “on high-end PCs.” My parents have an iPad my siblings and I got them for Christmas, and it boots up pretty damn fast.

      And, IMO, but I gave plenty of other good reasons to worry about this. I get that this is a Windows fansite, but sometimes you guys need to think more realistically. I think there’s a ton of potential for this, but to say it’s devoid of problems (or there’s not “any reason to worry”) is asinine, I think.

    • Anonymous

      “On some computers” isn’t tablets, it’s a deflection and your way of saying “on high-end PCs.” My parents have an iPad my siblings and I got them for Christmas, and it boots up pretty damn fast.

      And, IMO, but I gave plenty of other good reasons to worry about this. I get that this is a Windows fansite, but sometimes you guys need to think more realistically. I think there’s a ton of potential for this, but to say it’s devoid of problems (or there’s not “any reason to worry”) is asinine, I think.

    • Nt6660

      Get a notebook with SSD drive. The boot is very fast on my Samsung Series 9.

    • Anonymous

      No it’s not, the Lenovo 420s boots in less then 10 seconds, and ASrock has their “instant on” which does the same.

      Well I haven’t used my Ipod in ages now, but I seem to remeber it taken atleast 30-40 seconds to boot. Found this video that shows Ipad boots in 20 sec.

      And from the Computex presentation:

      “A new mode called “always on, always connected.” It’ll permit for instant wake-up from sleep and keep the ARM tablets constantly connected to the web. We’re also promised great battery life.”

      So I stand by my “no reason to worry”.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, it is.

      The Lenovo 420S and ASrock “instant on” techniques are not full shutdowns. If you want to compare a modified hibernation mode to an actual shutdown be my guest, but you clearly don’t know what you’re talking about. Furthermore, the ASrock “instant boot” can only be used under certain circumstances — namely, you can’t have a password-protected account, and it has to be used in Windows XP or Windows Vista, which makes the “technology” pretty much useless to many people.

      I stand by my multiple reasons I gave which cited worrying aspects — and you only addressed one of those issues, by the way. Please stop being a Microsoft apologist — it’s no better than being an Apple apologist, which you’re equally as annoying as. As I’ve already said, I think this looks amazing, but there are many areas of concern. If you see none, you’re blind as a bat.

    • Anonymous

      How is it not a full shutdown? But it doesn’t matter, at Computex they said 6-7 seconds COLD BOOT.

      I’m not being a Microsoft apologist, I’m simply telling you that you’re wrong when you state that boot times is something to worry about. Windows already boots faster then any Android or Ipad tablet.

    • Anonymous

      My Windows 7 install boots in about 8 seconds, from the end of the BIOS bit to the logon screen. My Motorola Xoom, when cold booted, takes at least twice that. OK, my PC is using an SSD, but then so is the Xoom.

    • http://twitter.com/vashibhavin vashibhavin

      You forget that the actualy release is almost a year away. I am sure they would have thought of things like that. 

    • Rajbow

      yes. one year gives enough room correct some misfits. let us wait and see.

    • Anonymous

      I am a hardcore PC guy, I much prefer Windows 7 to Mac, and I prefer it for good reasons. I like the taskbar, it is very very superior to the dock, and I loved everything about Windows 7, it got everything right for the most part, it was functional and pretty (the glass look rocked as far as I am concerned.

      So it saddens me a great deal that MS is about to shelve all the good stuff they did with Windows 7 in favour of this techincolor, dumbed down monstrosity, and to ass insult to injury, keep the real windows hidden away underneath, but playing second class citizen to a bloody phone UI.

      I have no problem admitting, Apple gets what MS refuses to get. Tablets are not PCs, the people who buy them are not the same people who buy PCs, its a new and different market. Tablets are for pure consumption. They are not for anyone who ever needs to create anything on the PC. This new interface is simply going to get in the way for those of use who use our PCs to get work done, rather than for just simply checking email and browsing the web.

      Taking your desktop OS and trying to shoehorn it into being a tablet OS is stupid indeed. It creates a substandard Tablet OS without all of the disadvantages of a PC like complex management and updating, and provides a silly looking and cumbersome interface for anyone trying to get work done or who needs more than two programs open at once. I shudder and thinking about how I would get any web design work done while hemmed in by this poorly conceived in a desktop interface, for instance. OF course I could load up the classic desktop. Fine, then why is the stupid touch interface there anyway? It’s pointless on a desktop, and downright stupid on any screen larger than 12 inches or so.

      Plus, I hate fingerprints on my screen, why the hell do do I wanna start touching it? It’s bad enough having a phone smeared by my greasy fingers, I’d rather keep it off my computer, thanks.

      It’s ironic that the biggest fans of this “new” windows seem to be the form over function mac fanboys who think it’s pretty. I’d argue it’s butt ugly compared to the sleek and stylish glass of windows 7, but heck, I guess brightly coloured rectangles are the epitome of style these days.

      It’s also ironic that those same mac users who are excited by this new windows admit it would never make them go back. So if the people who like it will never go back, and the people who don’t like it are Microsoft’s core users, then who exactly is Windows 8 for? I can promise it’s not for me, and business users are gonna see no reason whatsoever to upgrade to this. So who?

      Windows 8 is like the politician who tries to please everyone and ends up pissing off his base resulting in a crushing electoral defeat.

      I find myself asking what I will do if this really is what MS sticks me with? Linux is not a real option, so Mac? Now wouldn’t that be the perfect irony.

    • Rajbow

      makes 2 of us… tiles are may be cool but good in the tablet sense and for desktops/laptops with keyboards – as long as I have them the windows 7 desktop is very better.
      for tablets – this is good UI but again the winword shown in this video with desktop style UI on a tablet is not interesting in the tablet form factor. 
      two different markets… two different form factors… i would say microsoft rather be careful in doing this desktop + tablet mashup

  • Chinonso

    OMG OMG OMG!!!!! I will by this on a tablet in a heart beat.

  • Chinonso

    OMG OMG OMG!!!!! I will by this on a tablet in a heart beat.

  • Anonymous

    One thing I really love is the mix of old and new UI with the “slider” I’ve always wanted to have an RSS or twitter feed run on the side of my screen while I have a browser or program running on the rest of the area.

    But I really hop we get something similar to the multitasking on WP for the apps aswell, and not just the swipe one app in at the time.

  • Anonymous

    One thing I really love is the mix of old and new UI with the “slider” I’ve always wanted to have an RSS or twitter feed run on the side of my screen while I have a browser or program running on the rest of the area.

    But I really hop we get something similar to the multitasking on WP for the apps aswell, and not just the swipe one app in at the time.

  • http://twitter.com/jackemw jack wilkinson

    OH MY GOD, kill me now, i DO NOT want this for my desktop or my laptop, HOLY SHIT nonononono. Microsoft needs to keep this for touch based pcs and teblets ONLY, not farking desktops

    • Anonymous

      You have the option to use a standard desktop.  jfc do people read / watch before posting?

  • http://twitter.com/brandnewfunk Brandon

    Windows is back! The best part of Apple is its hardware–the screens on the iPhone and iMac, for example, are outstanding. But as far as UI of the OS, I am so glad that Microsoft gets that THE DAYS OF ICON AFTER ICON AFTER ICON ARE DEAD! And that they understand that flat, crisp and simple run laps around convoluted.  

    The desktop should be as much like an actual desktop as possible (i.e., in the sense that a lot of things are glance at once), and if I need to get into something, let the clicks be limited and it look as sophisticated (metro-style) as possible with nice-sized text. F*ck an icon. And f*ck a giant wallpaper, which serves no purpose. (Surprised it took us so long to figure this out.) As soon as I turn on the computer, I want it to be like a damn cockpit of frequently used/accessed information. 

    Well done, MS. Well done. 

      

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Simon-Paul/12449401 Simon Paul

      Amen

      For years I have been so sick of the thick, complicated, and distracting look of all these “Chromed” operating systems. Microsoft has been the worst violator in the past. Apple has been better only because their “chroming” has been cleaner in more unified.

      But now Microsoft has broken that dated trend and brought to focus what really matters, THE CONTENT. Its enlightening to see a company like Microsoft that appeared to be so stuck in its ways, come out with something so fresh and revolutionary.

      As a designer, this UI represents the essence of user focused design that I have been so passionate about and so often disappointed by with most software currently available.

  • Anonymous

    This looks amazing! Absolutely love it. Finally, a really new Windows.

  • Joelleigh

    Was a little disappointed when I saw the win 7 interface still in there, but I get it now. It’s for when you set the device down. I can image docking this with a couple of monitors and running visual studio, outlook and such, and when I get up for meetings, reverting to a touch friendlier ui.

    • Anonymous

      I completely argee. When I saw the old UI I was very afraid they just made it almost like an independent application, but in reality, it is a full blown dual user interface. I think they should try and convey that in more detail because i dont think every gets it. And until I did, I only thought the idea was alright. Now I see the true potential !! Microsoft FTW!

  • http://www.facebook.com/chsoriano Christopher Soriano

    This is exciting, I’m happy to see MS taking some of their recent great work and building on it. This will finally be a tablet worth buying as it will not compromise functionality.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Keith-Franklin/756176842 Keith Franklin

    Love it, but I dont understand why they through out Windows Phone 7 development paradigm by basing it all on HTML5 and JavaScript.  Would have been great for existing Windows Phone 7 apps to be quickly brought over to Windows 8 experience.

    • Joelleigh

      I suspect that the silveright platform compatibility will be announced at BUILD in september.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Simon-Paul/12449401 Simon Paul

      ^agreed, people freak out so easily. Just because they highlighted the HTML5 support doesn’t mean they are dumping Silverlight support. Jeebus, relax folks, its the first video presentation of many to come.

    • guest

      who in the hell cares about silverlight?

  • TechAngel

    I am a bit concerned, it is a interface that has been rejected by the market first with Zune, then with WP7 so now trying it on the cash cow PC interface… vista all over again?

    • HeatherL

       Microsoft is misguided in its continued belief that consumers want every device they’re using to function like a PC.  Microsoft fails is in its continued desire to replicate a full PC experience on everything. It’s an archaic concept. 

    • TechAngel

      Yes stuck in the past, the last great buggy whip maker!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/karlcramer Karl Cramer

    A lot of longtime Windows 7 and XP users set in their ways are about to get twitchy.

  • Jonass

    hahahahaha nice! The best OS!

  • Jhonny López

    If this is Windows Next I will be gladly holding all the BSoD they want to throw!

  • Jhonny López

    It will be an iPad Killer and a Chrome OS Killer. Or it would be if Chrome OS were not dead at birth.

  • http://twitter.com/jimmyfal Jimmy Fallon

    I would like to see the app switching do something other than the one at a time, hope there is an alternative there, like a screen full of minis to choose from. I imagine many possibilities to come. I can see a lot of room for many form factors not the compromise of the IPAD. Ease of use needs to be emphasized for Grandmas ability level. Its a good day to be a geek.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Simon-Paul/12449401 Simon Paul

      ^I agree, need to see some additional flexibility in switching between apps. Something similar to the multitasking feature in Mango would be perfect and fit the UI model across all platforms.

  • Anonymous

    You really have to take note of what he is saying towards the end. This is NOT just a tablet UI. This is the New Windows UI. This will be everywhere and anytime you buy a computer with Windows it WILL look like this. This is so different from what has previously been and Im glad they didnt hold back but instead put everything they could behond this. Go Microsoft !

    • http://twitter.com/Wheezle211 Wheezle

      Except of course that Aero is still alive and well.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Simon-Paul/12449401 Simon Paul

      Aero is a live and well in this video as it is their existing model for the desktop. Keep in mind as others have noted, Win8 is not complete yet. I can only imagine they will update the traditional desktop theme to be more inline with the look and feel of the rest of the operating system.

  • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

    Is this just the touch interface? Or will it replace traditional desktop PCs (with keyboard and mouse) interface? What about the interface leaked with the user icon in the taskbar, and the new Windows Explorer? Are they GONE?

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful! Now this is what a tablet should be! All out sexy interface with the full functionality and raw power of a desktop workstation!

    Although I’m curious about the task switching that was shown. The way it was demoed, you swipe and bring up another app one at a time. That’s pretty clunky right? I mean if I wanted to directly jump to an app thats 2 or 3 swipes away I’d get seriously annoyed.

  • Lancasoy

    The Lion just got eaten by a bear.

  • Mark

    Underwhelming. I hope there’s a lot more than what they showed here. All I see is a Metro UI that is less attractive that many of the concept demos done by MS fans a year ago. And the flip back to Aero for Excel is just jarring. Is that seriously the best they could do? Can you imagine Apple shipping a product that jerked you back and forth between two UIs like that? I’m guessing in Lion you’re going to see iOS integration that is a lot more elegant than that. Please tell MS put the 14 months since iPad to better use that what’s apparent from today’s preview.

    • http://twitter.com/Wheezle211 Wheezle

      You are of course aware that Windows 8 isn’t due for release for more than a year yet, right? It isn’t finished.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Shaw/660281063 Adam Shaw

    I was just about to buy a Mac lol…………Not any more:)
    This makes me happy.Dont let this go the way of longhorn,Please!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Win 8 looks really good but I didn’t see any “Hubs” or hub style background images like on WP7.
    I wonder if WP7 apps can be ported easily or if at all to Win 8.

  • guest

    I would imagine using that UI would get irritating after a while. Sure it looks cool and stuff, but I bet it just takes 1 or 2 extra clicks to get to where you want.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Simon-Paul/12449401 Simon Paul

      Umm, this will take fewer clicks for multiple reasons. First of all, with live tiles, information that you might have had to open an application for, is now already being displayed. So you don’t have to click at all. Second of all, the current start menu for desktop is a nightmare. You click the little start button, then “all programs” then the folder of the program you want, and then the actual executable. Now this gives you the same access that pinned apps have, for all your apps, adding to that the live tile content feature. BRILLIANT.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Simon-Paul/12449401 Simon Paul

      Umm, this will take fewer clicks for multiple reasons. First of all, with live tiles, information that you might have had to open an application for, is now already being displayed. So you don’t have to click at all. Second of all, the current start menu for desktop is a nightmare. You click the little start button, then “all programs” then the folder of the program you want, and then the actual executable. Now this gives you the same access that pinned apps have, for all your apps, adding to that the live tile content feature. BRILLIANT.

  • s1lence

    I have a question: Is this new interface replacing the old traditional windows interface or is it just an “option”?? German comments everywhere write that it is going to replace the old interface…and I’m not sure if I like this^^

  • http://twitter.com/starksimon Stark

    The future is Windows/Microsoft.

  • Ahmedshuhaib

    I love Microsoft

  • Anonymous

    “Photo Feedr”?

    Is it that hard to spell Feeder?

  • http://www.facebook.com/carlcamera Carl Camera

    Based on the level of anti-MS vitriol being vomited up on Ars Technica over this announcement and video … I think Microsoft has a hit on its hands!  It’s hard to say this with a straight face but it’s true: this new immersive interface is extraordinary, innovative and fluid. It generates demand where no demand existed yesterday. May I be a beta tester?

  • http://www.facebook.com/carlcamera Carl Camera

    Based on the level of anti-MS vitriol being vomited up on Ars Technica over this announcement and video … I think Microsoft has a hit on its hands!  It’s hard to say this with a straight face but it’s true: this new immersive interface is extraordinary, innovative and fluid. It generates demand where no demand existed yesterday. May I be a beta tester?

  • TryllZ

    All LOVE for new M$ products since the launch of WP7 from here, from me…KUUULLL

  • E Greisman

    A magic mouse thing would work great with this if your not on a touch screen.

  • E Greisman

    A magic mouse thing would work great with this if your not on a touch screen.

  • Anonymous

    Imagine this paired with a kinetic camera inside of a monitor. Screw using the mouse, or finger to get around on your desktop/laptop. I’m pretty impressed right now. I hope it all comes together.

  • WSBroker

    MS are idiots, why are they promoting a OS that is a year away????????   They constantly trying to create excitement for their some time in the future products rather then creating products that are exciting.  It just shows the best they can do is to play copy and catch up.  

  • Anonymous

    I just don’t get this. Covering up the class an elegance of Aero Glass in favour of this ugly, primary coloured POS that looks like it was designed by the most arrogant art school reject on the planet.

    I am a hardcore PC guy, I much prefer Windows 7 to Mac, and I prefer it for good reasons. I like the taskbar, it is very very superior to the dock, and I loved everything about Windows 7, it got everything right for the most part, it was functional and pretty (the glass look rocked as far as I am concerned.

    So it saddens me a great deal that MS is about to shelve all the good stuff they did with Windows 7 in favour of this techincolor, dumbed down monstrosity, and to ass insult to injury, keep the real windows hidden away underneath, but playing second class citizen to a bloody phone UI.

    I have no problem admitting, Apple gets what MS refuses to get. Tablets are not PCs, the people who buy them are not the same people who buy PCs, its a new and different market. Tablets are for pure consumption. They are not for anyone who ever needs to create anything on the PC. This new interface is simply going to get in the way for those of use who use our PCs to get work done, rather than for just simply checking email and browsing the web.

    Taking your desktop OS and trying to shoehorn it into being a tablet OS is stupid indeed. It creates a substandard Tablet OS without all of the disadvantages of a PC like complex management and updating, and provides a silly looking and cumbersome interface for anyone trying to get work done or who needs more than two programs open at once. I shudder and thinking about how I would get any web design work done while hemmed in by this poorly conceived in a desktop interface, for instance. OF course I could load up the classic desktop. Fine, then why is the stupid touch interface there anyway? It’s pointless on a desktop, and downright stupid on any screen larger than 12 inches or so.

    Plus, I hate fingerprints on my screen, why the hell do do I wanna start touching it? It’s bad enough having a phone smeared by my greasy fingers, I’d rather keep it off my computer, thanks.

    It’s ironic that the biggest fans of this “new” windows seem to be the form over function mac fanboys who think it’s pretty. I’d argue it’s butt ugly compared to the sleek and stylish glass of windows 7, but heck, I guess brightly coloured rectangles are the epitome of style these days.

    It’s also ironic that those same mac users who are excited by this new windows admit it would never make them go back. So if the people who like it will never go back, and the people who don’t like it are Microsoft’s core users, then who exactly is Windows 8 for? I can promise it’s not for me, and business users are gonna see no reason whatsoever to upgrade to this. So who?

    Windows 8 is like the politician who tries to please everyone and ends up pissing off his base resulting in a crushing electoral defeat.

    I find myself asking what I will do if this really is what MS sticks me with? Linux is not a real option, so Mac? Now wouldn’t that be the perfect irony.

  • Doors

    And now, let’s wait for haters to comment

  • guest

    Ever since that google OS video from 2009 was shown everyone’s been ripping them off. First Apple. Now microshit. There is a couple of things here that seem pretty nice. Even better than OSX Lion actually.

    • geust

      actually, I don’t know if they’re better….. different, yes….