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Windows 8 - A look at the User Interface
While MS Windows has made great strides over the last several releases to improve productivity and reliability of the platform, let’s face it; the world is changing. Windows 8 will need to change significantly to keep up with the new tablet-focussed machines that are running on Mac/Linux/Android O/S’s. While there are some tablet computers doing a good job running Windows, it’s clear that the releases we’ve had for Windows so far have been meant primarily for mouse navigation, not touch navigation.
The new version of Windows - Codenamed Windows 8 for now because Microsoft has not said what the version will actually be called - will change all that. From what I can see, the new version will be very touch-centric while still allowing mouse navigation. We’re at least a year away from the next release, but it’s interesting the direction the product is going. You can take a look at a short you-tube video by Jensen Harris, Director of Program Management for Windows User Experience at Microsoft that demonstrates key features of the User Interface:
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