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Windows 8 Revealed

Today Microsoft has revealed for the first time information around its upcoming windows released codenamed “Windows 8”. Whether or not this will be the actual release name I don’t know, but Microsoft has been pretty quiet over the last couple of years surrounding what the successor to Windows 7 would look like, what direction it’s likely to head in and whether it will give in to the flood of “apps” in various other platforms (iOS, android, etc).

Some of the areas around the new UI covered in the video above are:

  • Fast launching of apps from a tile-based Start screen, which replaces the Windows Start menu with a customizable, scalable full-screen view of apps.
  • Live tiles with notifications, showing always up-to-date information from your apps.
  • Fluid, natural switching between running apps.
  • Convenient ability to snap and resize an app to the side of the screen, so you can really multitask using the capabilities of Windows.
  • Web-connected and Web-powered apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript that have access to the full power of the PC.
  • Fully touch-optimized browsing, with all the power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10.
As usual, Paul Thurrott @ the Supersite for Windows blog does a great job outlining all the new stuff shown off. Paul used to work for Microsoft about 10 years ago, since then he’s created the Supersite and is very active in many other¬†endeavors. If you’ve never heard of him and are interested in Microsoft and technology you should check it out.

You can learn more about Windows 8 over at Microsoft.com Previewing Windows 8.

Windows 7 New Features Revealed


For those of you who don’t know, Microsoft will release a new version of their flagship OS in the coming year: Windows 7. There have been a number of new features released to the public over the last few months, and personally I’m kind of looking forward to what Microsoft come up with (after all, Vista wasn’t exactly the best OS they’ve produced). So, I thought I’d share with you some of the more interesting new features of Windows 7 that wil hopefully improve upon Windows Vista’s (many) shortcomings:

Pin Items To The Taskbar:

Windows 7 will give you the ability to ‘pin’ shortcuts to your taskbar kind of like how the dock works in MacOS X. In windows operating systems, you’ve always been able to do something similar with the use of the ‘quick launch’ toolbar which can be appended to the taskbar to give a similar affect, however with this new function the quick launch toolbar must be disabled to be able to pin items to the taskbar itself.

User Account Control (UAC) Makeover:

Thank God! UAC has had an overhaul in Windows 7. Users of Windows Vista will no doubt be very familiar with message popups asking your permission to carry out certain tasks (“Are you sure you’re sure?)…You will now have the ability to adjust which notifications and prompts you recieve for specific actions while not reducing the overall security of the OS. Interesting!

Faster Startup Times:

One of the major benefits of Windows 7 will be faster startup times. Microsoft have put alot of work into improving the startup times of their OS, partly due to competing products leading the way in this area. It has been noted that the startup times of Windows 7 will be faster than that of Windows Vista and XP.

As a developer who works primarily in windows application development, I’m looking forward to a new OS from Microsoft that has the stability, reliability and performance of XP, with added security that Vista provided, in a neater package. I’m hoping Windows 7 will be a more rounded and overall better product than Vista, so I’m really looking forward to what they come up with.

Based on poor vista sales and Microsoft’s previous release strategies with underperforming OS’s (and Microsoft themselves saying it would take 3 years to develop W7) I’d be expecting to see an almost finished build sometime this year, with a possible retail release date end of 2009.