Microsoft Windows 8 OS- with or without touch and/or a keyboard previewed (Video)

Microsoft Windows 8 OS with or without touch and/or a keyboard previewed (Video)

After many leaks and rumors Microsoft has finally previewed its next  Operating System codenamed Windows 8 at the D9 conference and Computex 2011. Microsoft had promised it would preview the OS at both event early. the platform is designed to scale from small screens to large, with or without touch and/or a keyboard.

When a new OS is released, most people would be curious to see the interface of the platform and we were too, but Microsft hasn’t made much excitement with the UI of the tablet and it looks very similar to the Windows Phone 7’s Metro UI. Many of the more obvious changes seem intended to make Windows 8 more tablet-friendly, allowing Microsoft to take on not only OS X on the desktop but iOS on the iPad.

Here’s Microsoft’s list of new features in the interface:

•    Fast launching of apps from a tile-based Start screen, which replaces the Windows Start menu with a customizable, scalable full-screen view of apps.
•    Live tiles with notifications, showing always up-to-date information from your apps.
•    Fluid, natural switching between running apps.
•    Convenient ability to snap and resize an app to the side of the screen, so you can really multitask using the capabilities of Windows.
•    Web-connected and Web-powered apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript that have access to the full power of the PC.
•    Fully touch-optimized browsing, with all the power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10.

There’ll be two kinds of applications for Windows 8, one that runs in a traditional desktop, and the other pseudo-mobile apps based on HTML5 and Javascript, but both environments — rather, the entire OS — have been designed from the ground up for touchscreen use. Keyboard and mouse will still be options for both sets of programs, but there are multiple virtual sets of keys for different form factors, including a split keyboard for vertical slate use.

When it comes to compatibility, you’ll be able to run each and every program made for Windows despite the dazzling interface, but only on x86-based chipsets, like Intel or AMD. On ARM-based processors, Windows 8 will most likely only include support for apps that are made for it from the ground-up, since emulating would be a hurdle.  ARM-based devices, including a notebook runningNVIDIA’s quad-core Kal-El chipset, were demonstrated running Win 8.

The company has placed restrictions on hardware which runs the new OS. Since touch will be deeply integrated now, not a layer, there are some requirements towards touchscreens – at minimum they should have 1024×768 pixels of resolution, with the best starting point being 1366×768.

There are videos after the jump that shows the new platform running on tablets as well as notebook. Company hasn’t mentioned anything about the release of new OS and note that the name “Windows 8″ is just a codename.Have a look at Videos and type in your comment below.

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Windows 8 on an NVIDIA Kal-El/Tegra 3 notebook:

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Windows 8 running on a Quanta TI-OMAP tablet:

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