It really seems that It’s coming. At an industry conference last night, Microsoft President Steve Sinofsky provided the first look at the Windows 8 UI, with a demo of a tiles-based UI that looks like similar to Windows Phone. The video shown is the first one from the series of demo called Building Windows 8, see as below.
The vice president in Windows Experience division also provided a depth post of previewing "Windows 8" revealing a bit more what’s in Windows 8.
Windows 8 is a reimagining of Windows, from the chip to the interface. A Windows 8-based PC is really a new kind of device, one that scales from touch-only small screens through to large screens, with or without a keyboard and mouse.
The demo shown in this video reveals some of the new ways specifically targeted to a new generation of touch-centric hardware, including:
- a fast tile-based Start screen, which is totally different from what we have been using for decades.
- live tiles with notifications showing always up-to-date information from the installed running apps. Meaning that you need to be online all the time.
- switching between running apps is fluid and feels much natural.
- ability to snap and resize an app to the side of the screen makes the multitasking truly appealing.
- a new version of IE 10 that uses all the power of hardware-accelerated.
It does look very cool after viewing the demo. Even though it looks more designed focusing for a device with a touch screen like tablet, it indeed can switch the UI back to the classic Windows 7 style.
And yes, the code name for the next version of Windows is indeed called Windows 8, officially, at least for now.
Can’t wait for the next demo coming out.