Video has just been released featuring a sneak peak at Windows 8. I’m actually not quite sure what to think about it yet. It’s got the “Zune” and “Windows Phone 7” type of interface, which I think is great as a mobile OS, but I’m not so sure how it’s going to translate into desktop functionality. I also really like the Zune interface when it comes to browsing through my music, again, as a business functional operating system, will it be the quick easy access to applications and files that we know and love in Windows 7? Time will tell.
What Windows 8 appears to offer is a Start screen as opposed to the current start menu, that can be easily customized with links to your favorite applications. The live tiles, as well, can give you a quick overview of where you stand, or images that your friends post on Facebook (I assume it will behave similarly to the Windows Phone 7 live tiles). What isn’t answered for me yet is how I can see where I stand will ALL of the applications I currently have running. What I like about Windows 7 is that I can roll my mouse over the task bar and go to the exact program and file I’m looking for. I toggle between programs A LOT when I’m working on coding projects and other things. I’m a multitasker… what can I say? How well does Windows 8 handle multitasking? That is going to be a key point to consider.
There will be a HUGE learning curve when this comes out I believe (guess I’ll just have a lot more “how to” posts to write!) Windows has had the same basic format since Windows 95 was released over 15 years ago. A start button and a taskbar have been the standard for almost as long as people have had personal PC’s in their homes. I don’t see this OS as something people will be upgrading to for a while, and especially in an office/business setting. People fear change, and THIS is a huge one for Microsoft and Windows.
Please watch the video and tell me what you think about this new interface?
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