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.
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
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
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
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.