I’ve been anxiously awaiting for some REAL visuals and a first demo at the experience of what Windows 8 could look like. Finally after waiting a couple of years, Sinofsky was on stage talking about Windows 8 with Walt on stage at AllThingsD. Before continuing have a look at the video they published below.
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A Couple of points I heard listening to the whole thing:
- user gets to choose what’s on the start experience
- works with older programs
- companies could add programs to start experience (group policy?)
- same interface on multiple form factors, touch or not
I could see myself using that split keyboard on a slate form factor while working from the couch! Then walking over to my desk to switch to bluetooth enabled keyboard for heaver writing jobs.
Digging a little further – there is a Windows team video by Jensen Harris, Director of Program Management of the Windows User Experience team. Nicer view of the functionality and no interruptions.
This is the first time I’ve see this UI and build of Windows – I’d be pulling the wool over your eyes if I said I had access to more info or details about plans, ship date, enterprise deployment or formfactors – Nadda. Zip. Ziltch!
All I know is I am freakin’ excited.
If you have anything to do regarding building apps, user interfaces or are curious about the next version – you should sign up and get your ass over to BUILD
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We saw the first glimpse of the client in a consumer setting.