Windows 8 Takes On iPad and Android Honeycomb

Windows 8 Start Screen

Windows 8 Start Screen

Microsoft may be late, but it managed to show up before the party is over. The Redmond giant has revealed the next version of Windows — code-named  “Windows 8” — as an answer to the iPad, Android tablets and its own crop of Windows 7 tablets, which are doomed to fail.

Windows 8 was pitched as a flexible operating system,  “one that scales from touch-only small screens through to large screens, with or without a keyboard and mouse.”

The user interface is a fusion of Windows Phone 7 and Windows 7, packing a touch-optimized start screen that includes familiar looking tiles and a Desktop and Windows Explorer that are identical to Windows 7’s.

It gives users the best of both worlds — a tablet environment that can run touch-optimized apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript along with the ability to return to the regular desktop running regular old Windows.

The dark side of this: Viruses and other security risks present on Windows 7 will be inherited. It might take a while to convince users that it’s a good idea to run an antivirus on their Windows tablets while iPad users have a worry-free experience.

I guess we’ll start seeing tablet-laptop hybrids (à la ASUS Transformer) popping up like mushrooms as soon as Windows 8 is ready. It’d be a perfect marriage.

Check out the video below for a sneak peek:

Source: Microsoft News Center

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June 08, 2011 at 12:30 pm, Tony said:

“It might take a while to convince users that it’s a good idea to run an antivirus on their Windows tablets while iPad users have a worry-free experience.”
Quit drinking the apple flavored koolaid and think for yourself for once. Both Windows and iOS are incredibly vulnerable to viruses and security vulnerabilities. It’s actually pretty interesting that in the last few Pwn2Own contests, Apple systems have fallen much faster or about the same as any other system whether is mobile or desktop. I’ve used about 5 flavors of Linux, iOS, OSX, Windows 7, and Android. And I like them all, some more than others. But I just hate it when FUD like this is spewed about about anything.

Windows 8 is a game changer OS and shows where UI is heading industry wide. Yes, you can still get to the regular desktop but this is where UI is going. Even Apple is moving towards it with the next version of OS X, just not as aggressively as Microsoft this time around. And it should probably be noted that HTML5/CSS/JS based apps for a desktop is the entire idea behind Chrome OS. In my opinion though, Windows 8 makes them look way better than Chrome OS does right now. One main difference with Windows 8 is that it can still run every app that Windows 7 currently runs. And as a side note, the hardware requirements for Windows 8 are the same as Windows 7 for PC’s…that’s pretty impressive no matter who does creates an OS, but even more so for MS since they havn’t really been able to do that yet.

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