Thursday, June 2, 2011

Microsoft previews Windows 8

At 2011 Computex today, Microsoft showed hardware partners the next version of Windows, internally codenamed "Windows 8." As part of this technical preview, Mike Angiulo, corporate VP of Windows Planning, Hardware and PC Ecosystem at Microsoft, demonstrated how "Windows 8" is optimized for newer touch-centric hardware, including tablets.

The technical demonstration also highlighted the new operating system's ability to work across both x86 and ARM-based architectures, with a variety of early prototypes shown running the new OS.

Microsoft and silicon chipmakers AMD, Intel, Nvidia, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments (TI) initially announced plans in January to work together on the next version of Windows.

"Our aim with 'Windows 8' is to make the user experience a natural extension of the device, from the time you turn on your PC through how you interact with the applications you know and love," Angiulo said. "This represents a fundamental shift in Windows design that we haven't attempted since the days of Windows 95, presenting huge opportunities for our hardware partners to innovate with new PC designs."

The new user experience also extends to how applications will run on "Windows 8," with controls naturally fitting into the device experience. Developers also will be able to use common Web technologies, such as HTML5 and JavaScript, to create applications for the PC, further easing integration and adoption.

To aid developers in building applications for the new OS, Microsoft said it formally opened registration for its new developer conference, BUILD. The conference will take place September 13-16, 2011, in Anaheim, California.

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