Take a sneak peak as Microsoft previews Windows 8
Take the Metro interface for example (pictured above). I’m not entirely sure why they called it Metro – since it’s not busy like a metropolis nor does it seem grungy and underground like a the subway in Montreal.
In fact, it appears to be quite the opposite – a clean, open, simple yet basic interface. Shortcuts to apps, social media updates and updated mini-feeds (ie. weather) appear as large tiles that span from left to right.
On a traditional desktop or laptop screen, that might appear to be a waste of screen real estate. Why on earth would I need large 2x4-inch box as a link to IE on my 21-inch computer screen?
Most users aren’t learning to use a mouse for the first time. Not being able to click a box that big is like not being able to land a Cessna propeller plane at London Heathrow Airport.
But it makes things a heck of a lot easier to tap large tiles with your fingers – precisely why they appear to be moving to this gorgeous tile-esque interface which is also found on their Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system.
The preview of Windows 8 was shown to more than 5,000 developers who make programs. Those are just some of developers who will be able to take advantage of another Windows 8 feature – apps like the ones you would download on an iPad.
You can see the direction Microsoft is going with Windows 8 - toward tablet-style computing. It’s the direction they’ll need to take as users ditch powerful, comfortable desktops for power-sipping tablets.
PS - Download a developer preview version of Windows 8 here. Just don't ask for help when it breaks.
What feature would you like to see in Windows 8?
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets