Today during the D9 Conference, Microsoft showcased its next operating system – "Windows 8" (Next) designed to run on desktops, tablets and smartphones, with a radical new unified touch-friendly tile-based UI design.
These were the ideas they were keen to demostrate:
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.
Fully touch-optimized browsing, with all the power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10.
Microsoft promised to reveal more elements of its next operating system during their developer event, BUILD (Sept. 13 – 16 in Anaheim, Calif.),
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