Windows 8 UI Shown At D9 Conference

  • 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.


At the heart of the new interface is a new start screen that draws heavily on
the tile-based interface that Microsoft has used with Windows Phone 7. All of a
user’s programs can be viewed as tiles and clicked on with a touch of a finger.

Windows 8 essentially supports two kinds of applications. One is the classic
Windows application, which runs in a desktop very similar to the Windows 7

The other type of application, which has to be written in HTML5 and
Javascript, looks more like a mobile application, filling the full screen.
Internet Explorer 10, which is part of Windows 8, has already been configured to
run in this mode, as have several widget-like apps for checking stock prices and



Source: All things D

  • Daniel Busoli

    So, the ‘tablet interface’ is executed the same way as Media Centre: an application?

    • Anonymous

      I think it basically is sexed up WMC… which is basically aweseme.
      It will work on a desktop, laptop, tablet, tv, touch or no touch.

      And in case youre in the mood to mass rename a bunch of files by using an obscure utility application that was written 15 years ago, you still can.

    • Denis Jelec

      It is part of the system, not an app, as far as I understood.

  • Guest

    So far it looks cool. Even though it is an early build, just to show the idea. As for features in the future – I would welcome a “Voice StartApp” :) Windows Phone already has similar feature. This would work like – pressing a Windows hardware key for a longer period of time and then loudly say the name of the app (e.g Internet) and it would start the app (Internet Explorer). So there would not be any search within the list of apps. As for the 3rd party application – they would be bundled with an “voice shortcut”. So one could easily yell “Opera!” an there it would be :DDD