On June 1, 2011 Microsoft launched the next generation of Windows, currently known as Windows 8, at the D9 Conference.
Windows 8 is a complete re-working of the windows operating system and one that will work on all devices from tiny touch screen phones to desktops. Windows 8 will work with traditional keyboards and mouse but also on touch screens too.
This is a huge project and they are re-examining and re-designing every aspect of the windows operating system architecture.
The key improvements to look out for in Windows 8 include:
- A start screen to replace the Windows Start menu. This will be made up from tiles that will enable you to launch apps faster.
- Each tile app will be 'live', that is, it will provide you with constantly updated information about your apps.
- Easier switching between running apps.
- The ability to snap and resize apps to have several open on your desktop at once.
- Touch optimized browsing using Internet Explorer 10.
To give users an idea of what to expect, they launched a video too, which you can find here:http://media.ch9.ms/ch9/cda16b03-c463-47e7-b604-9ef5011c5b25/Demo.mp4