Watch a short summary of the Windows 8 BUILD conference presentation detailing the new interface

Watch a short summary of the Windows 8 BUILD conference presentation detailing the new interface
Lifehacker has gone through the trouble to sum up Microsoft's epic 3 hour BUILD keynote presentation last night to eight minutes visually detailing all the info spilled about the upcoming Windows 8 so far.

The big change, of course, is the simplified touch-friendly interface inspired by the Metro UI on Windows Phone, including the ability to show the old desktop interface on one monitor, and the new one with the Live Tiles on another. There are smaller tidbits, however, that we would have been talking about a lot more if Windows 8 was just an incremental update to the current desktop version of Windows 7. 

These include reading into and mounting disk image files directly from Windows, as well as an antivirus program built-in, but also numerous other thingies, like the ribbonized navigational bar on top of windows, as well as new Explorer, Task Manager and Control Panel interfaces. Execution seems a bit rough around the edges, but let's not forget we are still in the developer preview stage and things are likely to become way more polished for the time when the first tablets with Windows 8 hit the shelves next year.

source: Lifehacker


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16 Comments

1. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

i like iOS and Android but after seeing this video... windows 8 ruled them all... haha let's face it... we can't beat a full-featured OS. the world is shifting again just like in the past.

5. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

I agree Windows is way better than both

15. dave81j6 unregistered

without its release, its just too early to say its the best. Windows 8 represents a progression or evolution in mobilie OS's. whether its better than iOS or android yet is premature. its not even released yet.

2. cncrim

Posts: 1573; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

I think Windows 8 could fight off IOS and Android, but MS need to fill up their Apps Store then I will be definite give Window 8 try.

3. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

I don't think they're going to have to rely on an app store as heavily as Android and iOS because people will be using all their current Windows programs and applications.

12. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

It's what's in doubt. Regular windows programs need to be rebuild to work on tabs because of the processor architecture.

7. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

Plus Windows phone 7 apps will be able to run on windows computers which is a huge market. I know iOS has Lion coming out, but it looks like with the tiles and stuff Windows is going to have phone apps and regular PC programs work together. I like this a lot.

4. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

Microsoft, please take my money.

6. nopatience unregistered

put it on Samsung Tab 7.7 and i will buy it today.

8. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

me too !

10. kainy

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 10, 2011

Well they will put it there I guess but not today =\ so you will pay them next year along with all of us ;)

9. 7ceez

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 08, 2011

Yeah, it is kind of exciting, just wondering how much the price is going to be for tablets with that hardware that the developers got?? (I don't mean the $1100 value that they're saying either lol) Either way, it is something to really push the use of a tablet, if its platform it so commonly used by most average consumers on a daily basis. This sounds like a tablet I would buy, due to the simple fact of productivity. Server 2008 on a tablet anyone??

11. kainy

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 10, 2011

Well ... think it that way .. the developer tablet is with intel i5, 64gb ssd, 4gb ram ... so I guess that that tablet would cost ... a little fortune :)

13. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

I'm installing the Windows 8 preview now on one of my companies old computers (got permission to do that :)). It got a old celeron processor, if Win 8 runs fast on this, it will run fast on newe computers too. I'll report how it works when it is installed ; )

14. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

There is an incentive to get a tablet after all. Entertainment and productivity all in one. If anyone has ever watched Star Trek, this is the beginning of the future of portable pc/tablet. No more laptops and no more bulky desktops. One device, one integrated ecosystem.

16. readingthissh1t

Posts: 303; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

sorry but a huge metro ui, without zune hd's type of metro bores me. is microsoft putting mobile and desktop os together in windows 8?

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