Windows 8: New User interface

Does this New Technology mean easier collaboration and better cohesion? 

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Windows 8 Developer Preview Start Screen

How cool or perhaps how hot is this new technology going to be? It boasts of a new Metro-style interface that is designed for touchscreen, mouse, keyboard, and pen input. It has support for the  ARM processor architecture  in addition to the previously supported  x86microprocessors from Intel and AMD. It has a server counterpart codenamed Windows Server 8.

The Metro environment will feature a new tile-based Start screen similar to the Windows Phone operating system. Each tile will represent an app, and will be able to display relevant  information about such as the number of unread messages on the tile for an email app or the current  temperature on a weather app. Metro-Style apps run in full-screen, and are able to share information between each other using “contracts”. They will be available through the new Windows Store. Metro-Style apps are developed with the new Windows Runtime platform using various programming languages; including C++, Visual Basic, C#, and HTML/Javascript.

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Wouldn’t it be great to go directly to the Start screen rather than the Start menu? And have a hotspot in place of the start orb?  Unfortunately, Internet Explore 10 which will feature in Windows 8 will not support plug-ins. But great news- you can sign-in  using your Windows Live ID, profiles will be synchronized over the Internet and integrated with Sky Drive.  And with authentication via picture password! This box of goodies just gets better….waiting for its release date.

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