Windows 8 will bring Windows Phone 7’s ‘live tile’ interface to desktops and tablets
The new user interface closely resembles that used in Windows Phone 7 devices, with “live tiles” that can be tapped or flicked away using a touch-screen or standard keyboard and mouse.
The company released a video demonstrating the new interface.
Windows 8 does away with the “Start” button introduced with Windows 95, Microsoft said. The Start button built into many keyboards will now take the user back to the desktop.
Microsoft said users will have the option of reverting to the more familiar interface.
The redesign comes as Microsoft struggles to find its feet in the tablet and smartphone markets.
The software won’t ship this year, but Microsoft is expected to discuss a launch schedule at its developer conference in September.
Despite the changes, Windows 8 won’t require users to buy a new PC, said Michael Angiulo, Microsoft vice president for Windows planning, at a Taipei launch event on Thursday.
The operating system will include intelligence for adapting itself to the user’s hardware, another aspect designed to help it work with existing hardware, according to Angiulo.
It will be designed for a 16:9 aspect ratio with a minimum resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, and will be adaptable to a 1024 x 768 aspect ratio, he said.