(The Hosting News) – While details regarding Windows 8 have begun to surface more and more over the past month, yesterday’s BUILD conference in Anaheim, California probably revealed more information about Microsoft Windows 8 than anyone had previously known before.
At the conference, Microsoft offered a developer preview of the highly anticipated OS. During the event, Microsoft President of the Windows and Windows Live Division Steven Sinofsky stated, “We reimagined Windows.”
“From the chipset to the user experience, Windows 8 brings a new range of capabilities without compromise,” he continued.
Even before the conference began, reports started circulating indicating that the still unreleased OS would have more specific compatibility for touchscreen devices (such as tablets).
And specifics were confirmed yesterday with Microsoft stating (in a PR highlighting the presentation), “Windows 8 introduces a new Metro style interface built for touch, which shows information important to you, embodies simplicity and gives you control. The Metro style UI is equally at home with a mouse and keyboard as well.” Such a feature could allow Windows 8 to compete head-to-head with Apple’s iPad (operated on iOS) via the tablet market (and perhaps even Android). In fact, Microsoft displayed the developer preview on a Samsung tablet device during the presentation.
While the news regarding the system’s more-advanced touchscreen capability may be one of the biggest highlights of Windows 8, yesterday’s presentation offered a lot more insight into other features that Microsoft looks to build on with Windows 8.
Specific highlights for developing showcased by the company included further hardware integration, a Windows Store (where developers can sell apps), and more programming languages for the OS.
Another area Microsoft is focusing on is application connectivity. Windows 8 seeks to improve communication between apps and syncing (via the cloud).
Overall, it appears that Microsoft is looking to keep what everyone likes about Windows 7, yet adding more integration for the touch-screen and tablet market.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is allowing anyone to experience the developer preview with downloads (which you can find here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/br229516). For more information on the presentation, visit: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2011/sep11/09-13FutureofComputingPR.mspx