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Windows 8 tablet UI is dominated by gestures

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Windows 8 tablet UI is dominated by gestures
Windows 8 is exciting not just because it adopts the Metro UI, but also because it runs on ARM architectures - which means that it will hit tablets very soon. But unlike its desktop counterpart, the tablet version of Windows 8 differs slightly in the way the user interacts with it. Since a tablet is a touch-centric device, it only makes sense that gestures will have a much bigger significance.

Now, the focus here is on seven main new gestures that will define the Windows 8 experience. Each one of them has a mouse equivalent but it looks like the touch was what drove the design.

Windows 8 tablet UI is dominated by gestures
Swiping from the right side to the left might sound like a simple gesture, but it’s got a huge importance as it brings the charms bar with additional system settings.

Secondly, swiping from the bottom up will unlock your device. It will also bring a bar with Metro apps and swiping the opposite way, from the top down will close applications.

Thirdly, you can tap and hold - this will either bring a menu or additional information about an item.

Next comes a simple single tap - it will open an application, just as you’d expect, no surprises here.

If you hold your finger and slide to the side or up and down you get to scroll between items and lists. Finally, you can pinch to zoom and use multi-touch to rotate items on the screen.

So that’s what you can expect in addition to plenty of live tiles. Steven Sinofsky heading the company’s Windows effort, showed off an NVIDIA Tegra 3 tablet, but said the company also expects to see the next generation Qualcomm and TI silicon in Windows 8 tablets as well.

Now, all of this reminds us a bit of webOS and the gesture ideas there. Do you agree with such comparison and what are your first impressions of Windows 8? Don't forget you can now download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and try it yourselves.

source: Microsoft

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posted on 29 Feb 2012, 09:59 6

1. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

Gestures are amazing concept but without knowing how to use it becomes harder for everyone just pick up to use it. However, it will have a lot of potential

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 10:04

3. HGMIV (Posts: 52; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

I'm sure the tablet and OS will come with instructions and a set-up guide or easily-accessed tutorial. I remember Swype was a difficult to learn at first, but the tutorialhelped me out. And when I recently went back to swype after abrief hiatus, the tutorial was always there in the settings when I needed it.

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 10:34 2

6. Reality (Posts: 3; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)

This is quality software, not like others which are just designed to meet deadlines.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 01:04

18. eiyoy009 (Posts: 57; Member since: 01 Jun 2011)

i love it...windows 8 is the best...looking forward for windows phone 8!!!!!!!

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 10:03 6

2. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

I don't know what to say. I just want to see a windows tablet ASAP!!!! :p

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 10:08 5

4. Zayuh24 (Posts: 149; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

I really like this UI.

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 10:11

5. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Looks hideous

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 10:45 4

7. Wonderland (Posts: 6; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)

Looks so good!! Microsoft are great as ever

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 10:50 3

8. droiddomination (Posts: 203; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

apple and i hate to admit it, android, needs to be scared by this. imagine a cross platform software that you are used to using for everything. work desktop. home desktop. laptop..and windows cell phones...freaky!

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 12:20 1

9. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 259; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

WOA (Windows on arm) does not support running, emulating or porting existing x86/64 apps. Supports only metro style apps and will have a desktop like version of Office. So office documents will be sharable with your desktop pc, but you will need to buy every single metro style app in order to make something with your win8 tablet, sorry no recycling for the apps we all have on our beloved desktops.

This said, I see no wonder in windows8. No compatibility with non metro style apps means another closed ecosystem. I don't see Office as the best productivity tool either and until they demo Battlefield 3 on a windows 8 tablet I will be sceptic abouth Microsoft's work.

Edit: No wonder in w8 on Arm devices, ofc. Self thumbed me down aswell :s

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 16:15

14. WWThinker (Posts: 55; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

@ Evil_SaNz. Tell me, which system is truly open. Practically none. Open System is only to a matter of extent. It doesn't matter whether a system is open or closed. It matters only to those who are using the end devices. In the case of tablets, if the target audience are consumers, their preference and needs matter most. If the target audience are business travelers, Win8 hits the perfect notes: Metro UI for those who so fond of "touch", Desktop for those who are doing elaborate work regardless of the cloud connectivity. WOA simply offers another extension of the WOX (x86).

If you see no wonder in Win8, you must be a blinding fool. I really hope Microsoft delivers the promises with Win8. It could be the first OS that ever units the different user models and business models. Finally, what are the differences between apps and the Windows Utilities which were popular in the era of Win95/98 and the OrCAD/Photoshop running on full desktop OS. In principle none, in practice features and cost. Talk sense and don't over-rate the "apps" as they are being called now.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:06

19. Henrik (Posts: 141; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)

Haha, I saw you thumbed yourself down which is some pretty creddy thing do admit :-) Self-criticism is far to absent among most comentators on these tech sites.

However, as you might already have figured out - Windows on ARM will be a bit limited to Metro-style apps and such, since it's a touch tablet optimized for the "mobile" cpu environment. But the slate PC's - which are full blown computers in a hand-held format - will run on x86 with 32 or 64 bit and all the super processors of modern desktop computers. And THOSE tablets/slates will be able to run anything, and any program that's compitable with Windows 8. So ... WoA for maximized mobility and battery efficiency, and WoX (I had never even heard this term before) on slates for the true workhorses that need to harness a limitless version of Windows 8 while on the go, but still in the format of a hand-held touch friendly tablet :-)

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 14:03 1

10. Leon101 (Posts: 90; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

Well thats AWESOME but dont add too much cuz its gonna be kinda confusing to remember them!!!!

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 14:13 1

11. Leon101 (Posts: 90; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

HOLD UP!!! You guys saw that Cut The Rope was FREE on the windows app store dammnnn...Im getting a windows 8 table :)

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 14:23

12. JDCohen722 (Posts: 39; Member since: 18 May 2011)

Its not just about what Windows 8 can do, I am a huge fan of Android, but Android undoubtedly needs to learn something from this, Windows 8 is simply beautiful, it is refined and enhanced, smooth and simple yet amazing! Android for Tablets is the exact opposite, even with Ice Cream Sandwich on a Quad Core Chipset, their are still a few stutters and slow browsers because of how badly written it is and on tablets Ice Cream Sandwich isn't much of an improvement since it was built atop of Honeycomb which was horrible because it was rushed to meet a deadline, while on the other hand Ice Cream on phones is amazing, it is refined and beautiful whilst being able to compete with iOS in terms of design. Jellybean better be a big overhaul in terms of UI for tablets.

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 14:26 1

13. Leon101 (Posts: 90; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

So true!!! and im an android user too!!!

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 16:26

15. WWThinker (Posts: 55; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

Too often, over the past 30 years, so many people said nothing but negative about Microsoft. On the other hand, people kept singing the good tunes about Apple and Google. What have these supposedly good guys become today? At the end of the day, a business operation is in the market to make money while at the same time it has its own identity and philosophy. Apple is probably the only one who hasn't really changed since the beginning, perhaps due mostly to SJ (he is gone now). On the other hand, Microsoft has changed quite a bit, due a lot to the lessons learnt from the regulatory bodies worldwide. One thing which I admire Microsoft over the years are, given the burden of backward compatibility and the impact of internet, it keeps the Windows OS running and improved at times, grows the revenue and changes with the internet time to begin offering the cloud-tuned Azure & Office365 (a small beginning though). Furthermore, its founder Bill Gates pretty much gives up his personal wealth to the charity work and contributes to the society. In contrast, let's look at what the founder of Apple, SJ, offer to the world - mostly excessive consumerization. I wish all the people who are to express their opinion be a little fair and don't blindly blast at things that are not in their forte.

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 18:12

16. W.P._Android_in_that_Order (Posts: 208; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

Its definitely going to take some getting used to... But i cant wait for windows8!

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 00:46

17. ENIGMA (Posts: 81; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:49

20. DrewMonroe (Posts: 21; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

i like it. now im torn between windows 8's and android's tablets.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 22:24

21. rsiders (Posts: 1102; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

Yes, I can't wait until the full version.

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