Microsoft get all touchy-feely with Windows 8
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.