We all have been waiting for the next Generation of Windows. In this article, I will discuss this next generation of Windows based on the recent information provided by Microsoft. This next generation of Windows is Codenamed "Windows 8.”
Like the Windows Phone 7 Startup screen Windows 8 startup screen has information about the email and messages . To Login you have to swipe up the startup screen.
The start screen can be navigated by swiping left to right or right to left, you can also use Page Up and Page Down Keys. Start screen is made up of live tiles, which can be arranged as per your liking.
Application as Tiles
The tiles on the start screen give you information about your twitter account or email account even without opening the app. A tile represents each application on your system.
When you launch the app it takes up the entire screen, no Title bar or System trays are visible.
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The right side of the screen allows you to go to start screen or launch a new app. Swipe in from right to open the windows command bar, which has the start button, which takes you back to start screen.
Swiping on the left side of the screen allows you to switch between applications. Hence, these windows controls are under your thumb if you are running windows on a Tablet.
Top and bottom of screen is for the Application controls, like swiping from bottom and top will open the application specific controls. These controls hide when you do not need them; hence, you get the full screen viewing experience of your application.
Multitasking is seamless in Windows 8, you can easily switch between running applications.
Snap allows you to keep application side by side. By just sliding and dropping, the application on one side will snap it with the other application running on screen. You can readjust the size of the snapped application by moving the Splitter that appears after the application has snapped.
Internet Explorer 10
Windows 8 will ship with Internet Explorer 10, which is optimized for touch. To switch Tabs you just have to swipe in from Top and tap the tab you want. Panning and zooming have been optimized. IE10 is a hardware-accelerated browser.
Along with the standard keyboard, Windows 8 has an ergonomic keyboard, which puts all keys under the thumb for easy access for thumb typing.
You can access the traditional desktop where you can use all the files on system or work on an applications like Excel or Word in MSOffice.
Windows 8 will be able to run on wide range of systems. It will run on system with or without touch, it will run on system with or without keyboard and mouse. Windows 8 Adapts based on your hardware to optimally use the resources available.
On resolutions below 1024x600 Windows 8 will run in desktop mode only.
“build” conference in September 2011 will have more information on Windows 8. You can get more information about it at http://www.buildwindows.com/.