Microsoft liberates Windows 8 preview

Mar 01, 2012, by admin

windows 8Microsoft gave users their first prospect to download and play around with the company’s new Windows 8 operating system.

It’s still only in “preview” mode, which means it’s likely bug-ridden and comes with no customer support. But it provides testers a view of how Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) envisages the future of computing.

Windows 8 is very dissimilar from the many operating systems the software giant has started since 1995. In some methods, Windows 8 symbolizes even more of a sea change for Microsoft and the personal computer than did Windows 95.

By fetching touch, an completely new user line, and a new chip building to the Windows platform, Microsoft has released the Knot for hardware and software makers to modify the definition of what makes a PC.

“We live in a world where tablets are about touch, and PCs about the keyboard and mouse, but what happens when you resume those assumptions?” asked Steven Sinofsky, Microsoft’s president of Windows, at a presentation at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. “Touch is just another point in Windows 8 where you get to pick ‘and.’ It’s not about ‘or’ anymore.”

Microsoft demonstrated off about a dozen reference designs that PC manufacturers made for developers to test Windows 8 on. Many were tablets, others were touch-allowed laptops. One was a giant 50-some-odd inch interactive display. Another was a touch screen monitor that swiveled to become a drafting table or a table top.

Microsoft first revealed Windows 8 to the world in its developer preview in September. Since then, the company said it has made more than 100,000 changes to its software code.Microsoft Windows 8

The noticeable dissimilarities are in speed, the accessibility of a vigorous Windows app store, and a new attribute that permits users to sign into any Windows 8 computer using a their Windows Live ID and involuntarily view their desktop image, favorites and apps.

Microsoft also nipped its user interface a bit, most obviously by getting rid of the Start button from the desktop application.

Microsoft said its primary intend was to make Windows 8 both “fast and fluid.” But the company also wanted to make it available to both casual users and power users.

To achieve that, Microsoft made its new “Metro” tile-based user border fully accessible with a keyboard and mouse. And the traditional desktop — for those who prefer that experience — can be accessed by clicking on the desktop application tile or with a keyboard shortcut. The desktop, in a sense, becomes just another app with Windows 8, and it can be viewed side-by-side with a video, game, or any other Metro-style application.