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Microsoft Demos Windows 8, Metro UI (Skin) Makes It Usable On a Tablet

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At D9 today, Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky talked a bit about Windows 8 which was expected if you were listening to the rumours as of late. The next version of Windows, which is being codenamed 8, will have a bunch of "widget-like apps" which looks a whole lot like Windows Phone 7 - and Omnimo if you're familiar with Rainmeter. The company also demoed the OS on a touchscreen display - unknown whether it's a tablet or if a desktop was hiding somewhere. They showed off the new Start screen along with several gestures to navigate through the OS.

Microsoft mentioned that the new OS will support two kinds of apps - "the first being classic Windows programs and the second being new HTML and Javascript apps." We're sure we'll definitely be seeing more of this OS but it actually looks like Windows 8 will be able to run on a tablet - unlike previous versions.

Update: Steven also demoed the skinned part of the OS on a Lenovo laptop with a touchscreen display. There's also a new Microsoft video on their YouTube channel so check it out here. Embedding is disabled. After Walt and Julie said that it's the biggest change since Windows 95, This Is My Next mentioned that it's not as big as they think. That's because it's "not a fundamental change in what Windows is anymore than TouchSmart, or a webOS skin that runs atop the platform."

[All Things D, Engadget, This Is My Next]


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