Windows 8 to get Apps, Live Tiles, new UI and more!

Microsoft today at the D9 Conference demonstrated Windows 8. It is the first time that Microsoft decided to talk officially about Windows 8 or Windows Next. What it has disclosed is an amazing new UI, which none of the rumor sites had touched upon.

Windows 8 promises to give you a completely new User experience and runs on the new System-on-Chip (SoC) architectures.

Once you logon to your PC, you will be welcomed with a Start Screen which will very personal, mosaic and tiled, just like the Windows Phone 7 tiles.

While you will still see the taskbar, the Start Menu has been replaced with a tile-based Start screen. These Live tiles with notifications, will display up-to-date information at all times,

It will display Windows 8 apps, which are better than icons since they are larger and consequently can display more information. These Windows 8 apps will work on laptops, desktops and tablets. Microsoft has used a new platform based on the standard web technologies & HTML5. These Windows 8 apps are Web-connected and Web-powered and built using HTML5 and JavaScript and have full access to the power of the PC.

These Windows 8 apps are beautiful, full screen and designed for touch but work with the mouse too.

It also introduces a new feature called Snap, which allows you to preview, switch, snap, resize or change apps with a swipe of your finger.

The on-screen keyboard has also been re-designed and now also offers a Thumb View, which make it easier for you to type.

The files and folder system can be accessed in conventional way or through the new Windows 8 apps.

Browsing experience has been optimized for touch and will have all the power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10.

The new Windows experience will ultimately be powered by application and device developers around the world — one experience across a tremendous variety of PCs. The user interface and new apps will work with or without a keyboard and mouse on a broad range of screen sizes and pixel densities, from small slates to laptops, desktops, all-in-ones, and even classroom-sized displays. Hundreds of millions of PCs will run the new Windows 8 user interface. This breadth of hardware choice is unique to Windows and central to how we see Windows evolving, states Microsoft.

Watch the video. its sure to blow you away.

Windows 8 will not require new hardware.

“We’ve extended the trend we started with Windows 7, of keeping our system requirements either flat or reducing them over time. So Windows 8 will be able to run on a wide range of machines because it will have the same system requirements or lower” as Windows 7″, says Microsoft.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of and a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows for the period 2006-16. He enjoys following and reporting Microsoft news and developments in the world of Personal Computing & Social Media.