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Video: Windows 8 Optimized for Touch

Yesterday Microsoft unveiled Windows 8 at D9, much like Google’s Android tablet optimized Honeycomb, Windows 8 has been built around the use of touch devices, but they assure us it will work equally as well with a mouse and keyboard.

Our approach means no compromises — you get to use whatever kind of device you prefer, with peripherals you choose, to run the apps you love. This is sure to inspire a new generation of hardware and software development, improving the experience for PC users around the world.

This allows companies to develop apps for one platform and easily carry it across from your desktop or Windows 8 tablet, from small low-res screens to super high-res billboards, all utilizing “fluid interaction” traits and “seamless connectivity.”

For now we are given some demo videos on Windows 8, it will give you a good idea of how the OS will appear. HTML5 and Javascript will be much more apparent. Multi-tasking with snapping apps to different areas of the screen is planned as well as touch inputs and gesture s.

Some interface traits shown in the videos:

• Fast launching of apps from a tile-based Start screen, which replaces the Windows Start menu with a customizable, scalable full-screen view of apps.
• Live tiles with notifications, showing always up-to-date information from your apps.
• Fluid, natural switching between running apps.
• Convenient ability to snap and resize an app to the side of the screen, so you can really multitask using the capabilities of Windows.
• Web-connected and Web-powered apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript that have access to the full power of the PC.
• Fully touch-optimized browsing, with all the power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10.

Windows 8 running on a Qualcomm tablet:

Live demonstration of Windows 8:

Windows 8 on an NVIDIA Kal-El/Tegra 3 notebook:

Windows 8 running on a Quanta TI-OMAP tablet:

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