Windows 8 previewed, new touch-oriented UI shown off

By Julio Franco · 42 replies
Jun 2, 2011
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  1. The first thing you should learn about Windows 8 is that Microsoft wants its next generation operating system to be a one-stop destination for devices spanning 8-inch tablet screens all…

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  2. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,144   +911

    Awesome! although, i'm still happy with Windows 7 for now :)
  3. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 714   +75

    Looks interesting! As-long as it is cheaper or equal to $35 i'm sold.

    R3DP3NGUIN TS Booster Posts: 152   +10

    Looks pretty decent, at-least its an interchangeable UI, seems to restrictive for geeky needs in tile mode, but for tablets its a must. I just wonder how many exploits there might be with the new UI. Its not like Microsoft designs an OS with security in mind.
  5. Just looks like a gimmick to sell touch screens..
  6. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Its not that any OS maker can think about 'every possible exploit'. So blaming just one company isn't realistically logical. Every OS have holes, and will continue to have them, only thing is it may take time to find / exploit them.

    Also I still think someone need to develop a touch keyboard (or something similar) because for a touch friendly OS the traditional KB / Mouse combination sound bit outdated.
  7. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    I'm gunna bet that this will be the majority thought when it's released. It's certainly what i'm thinking at the moment.
  8. An interface for 3rd graders. I truly and deeply hate Apple, but this interface is a joke. When I first saw the Windows phone interface I was appalled and it locked-in Android for me. With this clunky childish interface now infecting Win 8 - I will stick with Win 7 until I die. Or until MS comes to their senses. Ok, die. CAN YOU SAY "BOB"?
  9. Microsoft are just trying to consolidate their OS across more platforms, this interface is intended for use on tablets, netbooks and the like. They're not doing away with the traditional Start menu interface.
  10. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 603   +64

    Unfortunately, your reasoning is in the 3rd grade as well. What you're not realizing is that your precious Windows 7 functionality is still there in Windows 8. What you really get with Windows 8 is the ability to run it on any form factor and have your choice of UI flavor. If you want to stick with the traditional Windows "windows", Windows 8 isn't stopping you; only you are.
  11. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Ahh, just when I was starting to think the usual "Guests" had any intellect...
  12. Why would I want the UI of a phone or tablet on my desktop? EPIC FAIL
  13. "Why would I want the UI of a phone or tablet on my desktop? EPIC FAIL "

    Plus no backward compatibility = double EPIC FAIL
  14. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Because some people have TOUCHSCREEN desktops, and having two interfaces for the same OS unifies the experience. Really, why are you all so moronic? Is it a thing?
  15. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    May be such guests have renal calculus which makes them utter such senseless stuff from time to time?
  16. Are u serious?? Do you even know what you're talking about?? Microsoft is the pretty much the only OS that constructs it's OS' w/ protection in mind, cuz they're the only ones that HAVE to. Of course when you have nearly 80% market share, there are alot more people trying to access the information on those systems... I am anonymous, but I know more than u!
  17. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Hahaha, you even fail at trolling. Priceless.
  18. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    I think we are missing a really important point, do we really need a touchscreen interface?
    The only real fact in your PC "productivity" is the fact if you are able to think or not ;)
  19. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,300   +1,397

    I think the productivity comes from the adaptability of the OS. People who want to use the toyish side of it on touch screens can while those of us who do more "important" things on our PC's can use the old interface. I also think that part of this is an attempt to unify apps. If the same apps works on a windows PC, tablet, or phone it would be a buying point for many users. I really enjoy my windows phone and look forward to seeing this tile based side of windows. I will in all likelihood not use it but I have to say it would be very interesting to experience it for myself.
  20. Hardcore desktop PC enthusiast here. My interest in Windows 8 is now officially gone.
  21. TrekExpert

    TrekExpert TS Enthusiast Posts: 104

    Wow, I was actual impressed by this. I see no use of the alternative UI on a desk top but for a tablet it would be great. As long as it is fast and can run any apps a desk top can (within reason of hardware) then I'm sold. I really hope Asus makes a Eee Pad Slider with this.
  22. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,300   +1,397

    I also think the alternate touch screen keyboard is a BIG improvement. A good touch screen interface is something tablets need if they are ever going to be practical.
  23. Looks like a gadget to me. Not worth the $100 - $200 for the upgrade from 7 (unless you are sightly computer "slow")
  24. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,995   +1,316

    same UI as windows 7? meh. Not even a big deal, just wish they would make it different...the start screen seems like it would be cool on a touch, but stupid on a desktop.
  25. akannitaoheed

    akannitaoheed TS Rookie Posts: 79

    Bill Gates always gives you a reason to buy the next one, could you posssssssibly resist ?

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