Highlights from the Windows 8 preview event at Computex 2011
“The first thing you notice is that the apps are chromeless, they immediately take up the whole screen.”
“On day one, when Windows 8 ships, hundreds of millions of developers will already know” how to develop for it.
If you’re holding a tablet, all the controls are right under your thumb.
You can switch between apps by just dragging them in from the side.
IE10 will be introduced with Windows 8
Switching between the live-tile UI and the usual desktop is instantaneous.
You can also do a split-screen interface, where you see both the new and the old UI side by side.
with Windows 8 is that when you get into the apps, they’re all optimized for touch.
PageUp and PageDown buttons will allow you to move between tiles on non-touchscreen devices.
“Windows 8 will be able to run on a wide range of machines because it will have the same system requirements or lower.”
A new mode called “always on, always connected.” It’ll permit for instant wake-up from sleep and keep the ARM tablets constantly connected to the web.
They showed a USB stick connected to one of the dev devices and shows that it works just as it does on the desktop.
UEFI engagement will help with speeding up boot times. “I’ve seen systems with SSDs inside them that can go from a cold boot to the Start screen in under 6 seconds.”
OEM Activation 3.0. A seamless activation experience for end users and it’ll streamline things for hardware partners.
Minimum of 1366 x 768 resolution for the best Windows 8 experience. 1024 x 768 will be the absolute minimum for the new UI fanciness and 1024 x 600 will let you run Windows 8 in the classic desktop mode.