Codename Windows 8 – lots of Windows Phone 7 influences
Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky announced some details about the next version of Windows codename Windows 8. There are some very cool features and clearly a shift to a “Touch First” UI which means that we won’t struggle to use touch with Windows 8 as with Windows 7.
Check out the video to see some of these improvements and features.
Some highlights for me:
- Tile based UI
- Appears to be adopting hub based approach all photos in one place
- Multitasking is Windows 7 but touch enabled – very nice!
- Touch UI / UX appears very slick and similar to the recently announced BlackBerry PlayBook with menus appearing from the side.
- Two types of apps, the classic desktop apps and the new HTML5 based Windows 8 apps.
- Ergonomic virtual touch keyboard
- Touch centric browser in Internet Explorer 10
The well-received Windows Phone 7 experience clearly has influenced some of these initial ideas based on the screenshots of the Lock, Start screens and example Weather App.
I am looking forward to seeing Windows 8 on a real tablet device as this is where Microsoft need to make this work and gain tablet share.