Rumor: Windows 8 to feature tile-based shell, new app model

By on January 5, 2011, 6:05 PM
A fresh rumor has trickled out saying that Windows 8 will include a new tile-based user interface, codenamed Mosh, as well as a new app model, codenamed Jupiter, that will target a new Windows Marketplace app store. Here's what Winsupersite had to say:
Assuming this is true, I have to believe that this UI will be an alternative UI, and not a full replacement, or will appear only on low-end tablet-like devices aimed at the iPad. It sounds like something that will silence the critics who want the Windows Phone OS on a tablet. The app store will provide access to new, Silverlight based "immersive" applications that are deployed as AppX packages (.appx). The Windows and Office teams are betting very heavily on this new app type, according to my source, and development has already begun using a beta version of Visual Studio 2012. These apps can be written in C#, Visual Basic, and even C++.

The tidbit about two user interface for Windows 8 is not new, given that we heard similar talk earlier this month. The app store part also isn't new as we heard this as far back as six months ago. Still, new rumors are not enough to prove that old rumors are correct.

Officially, we still only know that when Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was asked about the riskiest product bet that the software giant is currently developing, he answered "the next release of Windows" without so much as a second of hesitation. Oh, and also, we now know that ARM support is a go.

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Guest said:

Just like what the Microsoft Evangelist said that teaches in our school..

"Windows 8 will have a marketplace just like the WP7"



What if you are just an ordinary guy with a big idea, the marketplace is the only way to compete with the big software companies.

So people, better master your Silverlight (C# + XAML) code and your XNA coz you will make money soon..

Guest said:

Old News: Windows 8 will be playing catch-up with all the other guys out there who are way ahead of them in the OS, tablet and phone market (Apple and Google etc) by expropriating all there ideas.

SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

Reminds me of Simple Finder option of the old Mac OS. Example: [link]

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