Microsoft get all touchy-feely with Windows 8

14 September 2011

Microsoft are BACK – with a new OS that won’t see the actual light of day for about another year, but hey, we can all think and talk about it until then. And if you’re a developer, you can get cracking and start working on some crazy apps for it.


Cunningly named ‘Windows 8’, this Windows 7 sequel will have dual interface, with the major one being a tablet-friendly touch-controlled interface called Metro. It’ll have chunky tiles on the screen, which you’ll touch to open the contents of. The contents of the tile, eg, the app that you want to use, will then fill the screen

Handily, you’ll also be able to run two apps at once, with a main one filling most of the screen and a lesser one running in a smaller space alongside it. That’s good, right?

One of the tiles on Windows 8 will be ‘desktop’, which will transform the interface into the more traditional Windows look. This will probably be the first port of call for non-tablet, non-touch control users of the new OS. Microsoft are obviously looking towards a mouseless future. Sad. Poor mouse.


Wide-eyed developers are getting to grips with Windows 8 now, ahead of the public launch of the the OS in about a year’s time, beavering away to make apps and that for us all to play with once it hits the streets. All apps will be sold through the Microsoft Store and they’ll all be pre-approved by Microsoft first, similar to how the Apple Store works.

One major difference is that there’ll be a trial option for apps, allowing you to give them a test run before parting with your hard-earned cash. That could be counter-productive in terms of making money – right now, many people are happy to take a punt on a 69p app, and if it turns out to be a bit disappointing, no one gets too hurt. However, give people the chance to try those sub-par apps first and sales figures could be low.

It’s all very exciting and we look forward to some new hardware to come along in time for the release of Windows 8 as and when that happens.


  • will
    "However, give people the chance to try those sub-par apps first and sales figures could be low" Do you have shares in Microsoft? How is this a bad thing? Just because something is cheap (69p) doesn't mean it's not a problem if a useless app makes its way onto the store and a user 'takes a punt' and is down 69p. What if you take 10 punts? It's ok to be down £6.90? Or maybe they could let you trial the app first for a day or so to see if it's suitable for your needs. Don't you think that would be a good idea? Oh wait....
  • Mike
    Official download: Note: The Windows Developer Preview is a pre-beta version of Windows 8 for developers. These downloads include prerelease software that may change without notice. The software is provided as is, and you bear the risk of using it. It may not be stable, operate correctly or work the way the final version of the software will. It should not be used in a production environment. The features and functionality in the prerelease software may not appear in the final version. Some product features and functionality may require advanced or additional hardware, or installation of other software.
  • Steve
    Still waiting for them to fix Internet Explorer 9 so it runs with those niche websites like eBay and twitter.
  • Try e.
    @ Steve said: "Still waiting for them to fix Internet Explorer 9 so it runs with those niche websites like eBay and twitter" Humm. Actually I think M$ policy is probably that if a web site does not work with IE, then it is the web site that is broken, not IE.
  • captain.cretin
    Why is everyone talking as if this OS is going to be usable?? M$ have developed a near perfect routine. Win95 = Good Win98= Pants Win98se=Good WinME=Pants WinXP=Good Vista=Pants Win7=Good Win8=???? Good is of course relative, Win95 was OK, and ME wasnt THAT bad, but since then the Good/Pants cycle has started to swing to extremes, so I expect Win8 to be almost unusable on any PC below 8Ghz with a 12 core cpu, or any tablet with a screen smaller than 28".
  • Kevin
    And no flash on their mobile devices with Windows 8!

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