The Windows 8 tablet interface to feature live tiles similar to WP7

The Windows 8 tablet interface to feature live tiles similar to WP7
We wrote that it is very likely Windows 8 to appear on tablet firsts, and then on desktops and the like, maybe even in time for the holidays. After digging a bit around this, we found some clues that a developers' beta might appear as soon as September.

Windows 8 is slated to fulfill Microsoft's vision of "three screens and a cloud", and will rely heavily on cloud services. There is to be dual-interface overlay, depending on what is Win 8 running on, and the tablet UI, codenamed Mosh, is speculated to feature big live tiles, similar to what Windows Phone 7 offers.

The other interesting tidbit is that Windows 8 may have a dedicated gaming focus and feature a flexible 3D interface, as well as a Windows Marketplace app store. Microsoft is working with NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Intruments to tailor its "riskiest bet" as Steve Ballmer called Windows 8 for running on the frugal ARM-based chipsets. Given Dell's leaked roadmap for outing a Windows 8-based tablet in Q1 of 2012, Microsoft is already hard at work with manufacturers as well.

If Microsoft does it right, this could throw a wrench in the wheels of the racing cars that Apple and Google are riding towards mobile and cloud dominance. A "tiled" UI for devices like Nokia Windows Phone, plus Windows 8 running for long hours on a tablet that can support most ports and software you throw at it, plus Windows 8 with fancy 3D UI and gaming focus for desktops, all linked up to Microsoft's cloud - all really sounds like a sea of change and a risky bet, but it might very well pay off in 2012, which will be the 5th year since Apple disturbed the mobile universe with the iPhone. Enough time for major players to react and adapt. Provided that Apple sits still, of course, which is highly unlikely.

via SlashGear & Windows8News



1. superpooburger

Posts: 31; Member since: Feb 17, 2011

hope that is only crappy non funcional tablets liek ipads... If they introduce it on real PC's then they wont be killing their own win7 ecosystem, but serius gamming industry as well. BTW recently i checked bouth google and MS clouding offices. (word, excel utt). Well they are not fit fot clouding. To open doc i first have to download it, then upload, and then use. Why i can not jsut provide with download link? Basicly upload to their servers without me ever downloading it to mine pc (DOC was on public server, accesable to everyone). Pluss They bougthj LAG A LOT, and with small documents... Imagine, what if i put there some of larger documents... desaster...

2. shafboy

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 26, 2010

Can't wait to see this, and also the Windows 8 Desktop software! It's going to be amazing! So far I have an iPad, no other tablet has impressed me enough, but Windows phone has taken me away from my iPhone..

3. BobbyTaba

Posts: 316; Member since: Aug 11, 2010

Android & Apple FTW!

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