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Windows 8

OK. It’s time to take a look at what Windows 8 will bring to the market. Some features will include a completely redesigned start page, and the toolbars will feature a new design. Windows 8 will be available on PCs, but is focused on tablets. I am basing part of this information on the Windows 8 Event at Computex 2011 in Taipei.

Windows 8 Start

The Start Screen for Windows 8

Let’s start off with our Start. There is now a new “Start Screen” replacing a Start Menu. What you don’t see is there is a screen before it. It looks like it shows the time and date, with a background image of your choice. This is their “lock screen.” For tablets, you would swipe up to reveal the Start Screen. For keyboards, they did not give any information. Then you get a login for your accounts. You can have apps, and you can get them from the Microsoft “App Store.” You can swipe between apps on touch screen, and on keyboards use Page Up and Page Down. The apps will take up the whole screen without

Windows 8 App

An example of a Windows 8 App from Computex 2011

system trays and scroll bars. For developers, these apps are based on HTML5, Javascript, and CSS. You can run multiple apps too. To switch between them, use the sides to flick between apps. However, this seems very similar to the swipe between programs on MacOS X Lion. With apps, you can run apps side by side for multi-tasking, taking the “snap” feature from Windows 7 further.

Next, let’s go to our browser, and the release of Internet Explorer 10. They want to make use of the full screen, hiding the address bar at the bottom of the screen. Also, for tablet typing, the released a keyboard, so the keys split on each slide, and the same feature in iOS5 for iPad. This feature must have been

W8Keyboard

Windows 8 Keyboard Split

leaked by one of the companies, because their keynotes were a day after each other.

You still have a desktop. It follows the same design as Windows 8. Your files can be accessed from your Start Screen and your Desktop. You can even run an App and your Desktop side by side. However, there are some changes.

The Windows Explorer will now have the ribbon design. The ribbon design is what you

Ribbon Design for the Windows Explorer

Ribbon Design for the Windows Explorer

saw in the Office 2010 suites. It was also featured in some applications in Windows 7 such as Windows Mail, and Windows Live Movie Maker. The UI is a bit updated, looking a bit cleaner.

At the same time, I believe Office 2012 will be released. Although there is no information at this time, I’m pretty sure that it will have features with the tiles, as well with the desktop.

I will update this when more information comes. I will post via Facebook and Twitter for updates. Follow us there too!

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About Jordan Yep

Senior Editor and President of Jordan's Tech Stop. From a young age, he has always been fascinated by technology, and enjoys reporting and checking out the latest in the tech world. Jordan has an IT Essentials certification from Cisco, which he received in 2012. Email Jordan at: jyep@jordanstechstop.com

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